Meath Social Enterprises

It is a very important part of the Meath’s philosophy to help dispel the stigma associated with epilepsy and to assist all of our clients to live alongside people from all walks of life, sharing similar experiences and hopes and dreams for the future.

Each one of our social enterprises will be born from that ethos in the years to come.
We firmly believe that with a bit of help, people living with epilepsy and associated disabilities can reach their full potential, and using their creativity and given skills, succeed alongside their peers… but more to the point, enjoying every second along the way!

ARTHOUSE Meath

ARTHOUSE Meath was the first of our social enterprises, developed from art classes that were held on site at Westbrook Road as part of training offered alongside our residential and supporting living services, assisting with the holistic care of our clients. Keeping the brain actively engaged in a positive, creative way helps significantly with a person’s overall well-being, their communication and engagement, and in many cases actively reducing the number of seizures.

Under the direction of artist Becky Sheraidah and her creative team, the ARTHOUSE developed further to encourage and support people to explore their imagination and to translate their own concepts into unique and highly original artwork and designs that are exhibited and sold, or made into highly desirable clothing, homeware and gifts. This whole process inspires the artists as they see their creations evolve, developing confidence in their abilities and growing self esteem, but it is also an important way of helping sustain the service for more people in the future as profit is ploughed back into its maintenance and growth.

With the Meath’s focus currently held on supporting people to become full and
active members of their local community, it was an obvious progression to move
the ARTHOUSE studio and retail outlet into a shop at No 96 Godalming High Street, operating alongside other businesses as part of the local scene. This has not only allowed the ARTHOUSE team to reach out to a wider audience, it has also enabled the artists to meet local people every day and to learn business practices as they market and sell their own artwork.

It has achieved a real following in its inaugural year… it is a beautiful shop and has many loyal customers, coming back time after time to purchase from the highly unusual, very quirky but always original ranges. The shop also attracts many volunteers, keen to help the enterprise succeed. You may want to offer your services, too, once you have visited!

Why not check out the ARTHOUSE Meath website to find out more or to view or purchase online. Alternatively, you can call the ARTHOUSE on 01483 411064. And maybe give some thought to becoming a regular volunteer… you can help make a real difference!

Becky Sheraidah – CEO (pictured on the right)
Camilla C. – Marketing Assistant (Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
Hannah M. – Design Manager
Jenny S. – Marketing Executive
Kim W. – Artist Support & Retail Operations
Katie A. – Sales & Marketing Director(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurs)
Megan K. – Newbury Stock Controller
Nigel H. – Business Administration Manager
Anabel L. – Admin Assistant (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Printing (On Meath Site) (Jonny D.)Tuesdays & Thursdays

Our team would not be complete without our amazing and dedicated volunteers!

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Changing Perceptions

Changing Perceptions has quickly evolved from Godalming’s best kept secret to a popular and bustling Café and home interior shop. Located at the very top of the High Street this unique and vibrant social enterprise is just a stone’s throw away from the Meath. Meath clients are supported to up-cycle donated furniture in the on-site workshop which is then put on sale in the shop, with all profit going straight back to the charity.

Changing Perceptions has recently benefitted from the addition of a new lazer  cutting machine which allows for smaller items such as decorations, personalised gifts and home accessories, a gorgeous new lazer cut product range has just been launched!

If you’ve not yet visited pop in for a great cup of coffee and delicious homemade cake, see the busy workshop in action as our talented and resourceful team transform unwanted furniture into stylish and individual creations.

We are so proud of Changing Perceptions and you’ll find that our friendly staff and volunteers are always happy to tell you more.

To find out more about Changing Perceptions please visit www.changingperceptions.org.uk

Fiona Collier – Manager (pictured on the right)
Lucy K. – Assistant
Caroline H. – Senior Support Worker
Simon S. – Workshop Technician
Sharon A. – Catering Assistant
Lisa L. – Catering Assistant
Louisa A. – Catering Assistant

Our team would not be complete without our amazing and dedicated volunteers!