As you may know I have birthed 2 humans, Josephine 7 and Boadicea 5. I did not quite know what I was getting myself in for! Ha! No one told me! There was obvs lots to discover especially 7 years ago when I had my first… it was a mixed bag! There was the cesarean recovery, bleeding boobs (don’t ask), crazy emotions, not to mention being responsible for keeping a small human alive! On a positive what I hadn’t quite appreciated were the new friends I would make. During my pregnancy I joined yoga, where I met one of my bestest pals… bonus. Then there was Bosom Buddies at the wonderful and much needed SureStart to support my breastfeeding- I met lots of friends there too. I went to many baby groups including Piccolo Music, Lingotot, Spanish and rhyme time, which both my babes and I loved. Through my maternity leave I found my tribe who cared for each other, sure there was A LOT of baby talk, but there was the odd afternoon tea, nights out and even 2 weddings to celebrate together. These new humans in my life were my support system and the sleeplessness, tears and s**t would have been unbearable with out them.
I totally understand the positive impact other humans can have on your mental health, especially at vulnerable times, like pregnancy and maternity leave. I was and still am passionate to offer our space, Thought Foundation as a safe haven for everyone including parents and their young humans. The knowledge I gained during multiply outings with my 2 was the inspiration to set up the play spaces with Thought Foundation, including our huge sandpit and imagination station alongside offering our thought provoking exhibitions and wholesome food for everyone to enjoy.
Our audience of parents has grown over time encouraging us to come up with bespoke events like BORN- The Thoughtful Parenting Fair. We have teamed up with Holly from For Mama and Baba to curate and host a one-stop shop for bump, baby and beyond. On the 7th July 10-2pm Thought Foundation will be a buzz with a curated artisan market of local retailers offering locally made, ethically sourced and organic products for you and your tiny human. There will be lots of businesses who can support you on your parenting journey, from pre and post natal health, breastfeeding and baby wearing to massage and messy play! There will also be taster sessions and workshops for you try. It’s £2.50 entry (children are free), which includes a donation to our chosen charity; the Tiny Lives Trust which supports premature and sick babies, their mothers and families at the Special Care Baby Unit on ward 35 at the RVI Newcastle.
Thought Foundation has lots to offer parents on a weekly basis, as do many other venues in the northeast, the world is rich- you just have to get out there. Don’t be alone on your parenting journey, together is better.
NB- TF is for all humans, we try to offer something for everyone, we take time to create exhibitions, events and stuff that enrich experiences for as many people as possible.
Global issues like our responsibility for endangered animals are so important for us to explore at Thought Foundation, and more importantly we want to learn how we can take positive action to protect our wildlife.
Over the passed year we have been working alongside an amazing artist Jane McCracken on our up and coming exhibition “Where did all the Animals Go?”. She has engaged over 200 school children and members of the community to share the plight of our worlds many endangered animals. The exhibition will showcase her biro artwork and animals portraits by young people.
In partnership with Jane and alongside the exhibition we are hosting a “Where did all the Animals Go?” Conference, our headline speaker is Will Travers OBE president of BORN FREE Foundation. It will be an informative afternoon where the audience can learn about wildlife conservation, the importance of wildlife and biodiversity to humanity as well addressing positive and innovative ways to encourage individual action and the growth of collective responsibility towards wildlife welfare.
Both exhibition and conference call for wider awareness and compassion for wildlife affected by human destruction, and the subsequent impact of wildlife depletion on humanity if we don’t act now. These events, reveal the facts as to why and how species are threatened and provide access to vital knowledge as well as concise, key actions each one of us can take, so we can make positive changes for wildlife, both locally and globally.
The “Where did all the Animals Go?” exhibition starts 20th June for 6 weeks and is free entry, the conference 22nd June 12-5pm, £5 for adults and £2.50 for kids (all proceeds contribute to on-going work around endangered animals). You can book your tickets on eventbrite.co.uk or at Thought Foundation.
We realise it's a long afternoon for young humans, so we will be screening the film Wall-e for free in our workshop room.
I am actually lucky enough to have 2 Dads! a biological one and one of the step variety… both very different and very wonderful. Ginger Geoff is the inspiring, knowledge thirsty, life loving adventurous paternal Papa whom in my adult years I hardly see in person because he is either pushing biking over the Pyrenes, hiking up Scottish Mountains or dining out with his lovely wife in Luxembourg… living life to full - just as I would like him to do, we chat regularly and follow his travels on Facebook too! Then there is my kind, family focused, dog, garden and bargain loving step Dad, Colin, great to chill with watching Saturday Night telly. The problem with the pair of them is that they want for nothing; they need no more material processions, essentially it seems Dads don’t want anything thing! Therefore Father’s Day, birthdays and Christmas are a nightmare. I tried to seek out thoughtful gestures rather than wasteful big gifts that what get used.
As I chat about my 2 Dads to Amanda, another of Team TF, she recalls her Dad, unfortunately he passed away 10 years ago, so obviously there needs to be room at these times to think of significant humans too, talk about their impact on our lives and reminisce. We understand that you might not have that biological father, maybe your Mum is also Dad; perhaps it’s your Grandad, uncle or Dave next door who is significant to you… it’s not about the title, it’s the loving role they play in your life.
This led me to think about what we can offer at TF for the Dads, uncles, brothers or that special human who you want to celebrate Father’s Day with. We have 2 events you might be interested in. The Thoughtful Night Market 15th June 5-9pm, we have made sure there are stalls where you can buy that special token gift, including Crescent51, handmade wooden products, Durham Gin and High Arches, a cool local sock company with many other companies besides.
On Father’s Day itself we are hosting Pop up Papa. An exhibition were your families are the artists… inspired by the notion that we think Dads mostly love family time above anything else. We have a big empty gallery on that day crying out for a creative buzz, so why not make art/sculpture on the 16th June 11-pm & add your masterpiece to our community exhibition Pop up Papa. We are also putting a cool playlist together so if you want to contribute your Dads fav song let us know, a bit of Brit Pop goes down well! There will be a BBQ (depending on the weather), we are also in the process of seeking out the northeast best Pork pie, to make to most phenomenal ploughman’s. Whatever the weather it will be lush.