The aim of the Wishing Well is to improve the health and well-being of local people in Crewe through the provision of a range of participatory activities and learning opportunities identified and requested by the community.
It has grown into a thriving community support system providing a wide range of health related services and activities to local people and is highly valued by health and social care professionals working with patients and clients living in the area. Their key goals are to:
The project was a 6 week participatory photography project delivered at the Wishing Well’s Jubilee House in Crewe town centre. The participants were a group of 8 young adults who were service users of the Wishing Well’sdrop-in scheme for young adults with learning difficulties (including those on the Autism spectrum and with Asperger's). The participants took part in the project as part of their ongoing development and learning at the Wishing Well project.
The main aims of the project were:
Each weekly session was broken into 4 main phases:
At the end of the project the service users each selected 20 of the images that they had created during the project that meant the most to them and created a photo scrap book. The feedback from the Wishing Well project and the service users was extremely positive. Service users all reported improving the general photography skills and confidence in using a camera. The service providers reported that the project had had a positive effect on the service users especially in promoting team work and understanding of others.