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The January Challenge 2022 – We Are Connected

We Are Connected. 31 Challenges to explore what happens, when we create together.

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TheJanuaryChallenge is 31 days of fun, quick & free creative challenges to kickstart your year.


We Are Connected

4. Waterfall Wonder By Men’s Sheds

Men’s Sheds are community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men to enjoy together. They help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun.

Work together to build a ‘waterfall’ – something that water can slide down and away from. Build your waterfall from items you find around you, or outside. Perhaps you take inspiration from the way rain rolls off leaves, or splashes through bath toys, or the way condensation trickles down a window. Your waterfall might be big, small, or anything in between.

13. Reach Out By Frank Bonner

Today’s challenge is from Frank Bonner. If you’re looking for a sign, this is it!

Reach out to somebody that you’ve not spoken to in a while. Perhaps you’ve lost touch, perhaps you’ve had a disagreement, or perhaps you’ve been meaning to have a conversation and never quite found the right time. Now’s the time – use it however you like.

Pick up the phone, send a text, email – or, as Frank is going to do today:

“Fold a blank A4 sheet into quarters. Decorate the front with a smiley colourful face. Put a cheery message of welcome inside. Pop your card into an envelope. Deliver if possible, or post the same day.”

18. Send a Song By ConnectForce

“Connectforce’s work centres around using creativity to forge connections. We’re lucky enough to have seen the wonderful impact of using creative expression to brighten someone’s day, and we hope that this challenge will encapsulate and encourage that! This challenge can be interpreted in whatever way speaks to you – it doesn’t have to be a musical or artistic masterpiece! It’s simply about exploring your connection with another person and sharing the results. We hope you enjoy it!”

Find (or write…) a poem or song that might mean something to you and another person. Send (or perform…) it to them, and ask them to send one back.

25. Searching for the Words By Wendy Oldershaw

“I am 72 from Manchester, but now I live in rural Lincolnshire. This challenge is inspired by some artwork that I saw…:”

Create a Word Search that includes the words that describe who you are – your passions, your values and memorable things in your life.

Ask someone else to carry out your Word Search so they know more about you. Perhaps they’ll send you one back?

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