I recently wrote an article about the Dream Factory for City News, a publication detailing what’s happening at City of Edinburgh Methodist Church. I thought you might like to read it too!
A few days ago I had a chat in the Well Cafe with a young man who may be interested in joining the Dream Factory. As I spoke with him about the project, I explained that we were a community of people all committed to helping one another as we go about the difficult task of discovering our passions and working out ways of living them. This often involves setting up small businesses and social enterprises, and we help one another as we go, sharing knowledge and experience and offering practical help with the things we’re good at.
I took him down into the basement of the church where he met with Jean, working on our heathack project, who was assembling a temperature sensor network to take to a church in another part of the city. He also met with Carmen, who has amassed an impressive array of recycled materials which she was sorting out in order to make into dolls, home furnishings and jewellery.
I showed him Hope’s Garden, a haven from the city and a real place of peace and healing as Angela gives aromatherapy massages to those who have been referred from a number of charities and agencies throughout the city.
Later, he also met Kate, who has taken refuge in a tiny space in the Church gallery. Kate is a full-time mum, but in the free time she has, she has returned to painting, which she loves. She is experimenting with new media and will display the results of her experimentation along with some of her paintings from her past in a new exhibition in September.
The Dream Factory is growing organically with new members being referred to us by agencies and churches. Many of our members are finding it to be a place of real support and understanding, enabling them to do things they would not have been able to do on their own.