We aim to raise £10,000 of match funding through this crowdfunding campaign, to unlock £30,000 from Entrust. No pledges will be taken until all the funding is in place. We will keep you updated. Thank you for your support!
Labyrinth represents a journey to our own centre and back out again into the world...Today with heightened awareness of mental health, anxiety and stress, so many people could benefit from walking their path in the Labyrinth.
The path would be wide enough for wheelchair users, and there will be a signage board at the entrance on the full use of Labyrinth. Although able to use independently, workshop days with deeper ancestors social heritage, and on mindfulness, would be held for all ages in the community - bringing harmony into our lives!
The environment and conservation is at the heart of every project we undertake, our Labyrinth - landscape & stone path in geometrical shape in turf - protects our vegetation, and is also easily maintained.
What we'll deliver:
- Signage Boards
- Block paved entrance
Why it's a great idea:
The Friends is a constituted group of committed enthusiasts from all walks of life, dedicated to preserving the Park for the enjoyment of the community. We work closely with Carlisle City Council and with Morton Community Centre (situated in the grounds). Together we have obtained a major grant from Parks for People (HLF) to restore the historic and natural features and make it fit for the needs of people now and a park for future generations. This award back in 2009 also gave us an activities officer for four years, this brought us an abundance of regular weekly events which held either in park or in the Community Centre added to these we supported the yearly community events. We achieved Green Flag status for the last nine years, the only Park in Carlisle to have had Heritage Site. So an ancient labyrinth symbol like of couldn't have a more fitting site in our Historical City. We put out questionnaires to local community. 73% wanted a labyrinth More than 212,000 visited last year
Steps to get it done:
- getting match funding
- Contractors on site
- preparation of ground
- create Labyrinth
- grand opening of Labyrinth to public
While awaiting funding for a permanent Labyrinth we marked out a temporary labyrinth on the performance area, which has been enjoy by many, we have photos from different groups with letters supporting this project. Local school children Mrs Dewhurst writes :- Just to thank you once more for the opportunity of letting my class explore your labyrinth this morning. The children spotted it and were eager to use it last time we visited Chances Park, so it was great for them to be shown other ways of using it.
The wide range of activities it lends itself to means it is something we can build into different areas of the Curriculum. They enjoyed being able to run round, or find other ways to travel through the pathways, and also take turns with the musical instruments. The meditative approach at the end fitted in well with our current RE theme of Prayer, and the silent response from the children reflected their ability to appreciate its use for quieter more contemplative activities.