Santa Paws is Coming!
This year the team at Design Office have come together for some of the local dogs in need. We put together a small collection of dog food and treats and on Wednesday 21st December, Liz Southall of RedShift Radio came to collect them (with her adorable dog Jasper).
This is the fourth year that RedShift Radio have organised this collection for the dogs and Liz will be delivering our donation to the RSPCA Crewe and Nantwich District branch. The main organiser of the collection, a local individual called Tess Buckley, has delivered the donations made to her to a dogs home in Warrington.
Some Sweetness for the Less Fortunate
Chocolates and sweets are a treat that many of us take for granted and we will expect to see them next to the turkey in our Christmas food shop. But unfortunately for some this is not the case.
1 in 5 people living in the UK unfortunately live under the poverty line. Nantwich Foodbank is part of a wider foodbank network, and the volunteers there collect food donations to distribute to people in need. The foodbank opened in 2013 and last year was able to distribute 1314 emergency food supplies to people in crisis. The emergency food is nutritionally balanced and provides a 3-day relief for individuals in the area that are starving.
This year at Design Office we have been collecting various chocolates, sweets and even make-your-own gingerbread houses that we have donated to Nantwich Foodbank. These treats will then be added to Christmas hampers that the volunteers are busy making up, ready to distribute to the hungry in the hope to add a little sparkle to their Christmas.
What’s Been Happening on North Street!?
North Street Methodist Church opened in 1869 and was host to a worshipping community until 2012, when it was discovered that the building was structurally unsound. This gave way to an exciting and rare opportunity for the Church – it could start afresh!
Back in 2012 when the Church was declared structurally unsound the congregation at North Street decided to merge with the congregation at Bradfield Road Methodist Church just half a mile down the road. The Bradfield Road site was completely renovated and refurbished, making it a more suitable building for the 21st Century and became the Coppenhall Methodist Church that now hosts a range of activities from Methodist Worship to Knitting and Weight Watchers!
At North Street, the land was sold to Wulvern Housing, who built 18 social housing apartments to the rear of the land. At the front of the plot, a new Church/Community Centre was built in place of the old Church, designed to engage the local community with faith and spirituality in the 21st Century. Churches have strong connotations with most people, whether they be positive or negative, and when the old Methodist Church had to be removed, North Street embraced the rare opportunity of creating a new form of Church by imagining what a church could look like and what a community of individuals that follow a faith or seek spirituality may want in the 21st Century. The Methodist Church is now actively exploring how they can use their new space, both to engage the worshipping community and as a centre to be used for a wider variety of activities, engaging all members of the local community.
This exciting new venture has also engaged the team here at Design Office as we have had the fantastic opportunity to work alongside the centre to develop a stunning suite of exterior signs to help promote the newly opened facility!
Geoff Etherton, the vibrant character that runs the new centre, approached Design Office back in September to enquire about a temporary sign for the front of the building to let everybody know that the fantastic new facility was finally open. Here at Design Office we were of course eager to help, and went down to the new building ourselves to find out more. When we arrived we received such a warm welcome and a homely feel from the building and we weren’t happy just supplying a simple ‘now open’ sign; we wanted to help the centre develop a brand and help establish itself within the community!
To help Geoff envision how the centre could look, our fabulous team at Design Office began by generating some complimentary visuals of the building, superimposing different components of a signage suite onto each image, producing a varied selection from which Geoff could mix and match to create the perfect combination for the centre.
Geoff was more than happy with the designs he received and was eager to proceed with the production of the signage suite, so of course our team at Design Office began working on this process in house, using our finest Gloss Vinyl, our impressive Seiko Large Format Press and bespoke Di-Bond Panels produced specifically for this project, topped with lamination to ensure durability and protection against all types of weather.
Within just a few days our signage team here at Design Office had sourced all of the necessary materials, printed the finished designs and produced the final signs, ready to go and fit them. Unfortunately for us we had some bad weather which delayed the process slightly, but as soon as the rain held off for long enough our Sign Fitter paid a visit to North Street to personally fit all of the signs on behalf of Design Office.
The centre currently has no name and is simply referred to on the signs, the website and all social media platforms as ‘What’s Happening on North Street?’. This is deliberate – Geoff is keen to involve the community and make it abundantly clear to them that this centre is their space, not his. Therefore in 2016 Design Office will be partnering up with Geoff once again to run a focus group with members of the community to collectively develop the name and identity of the centre, another venture that the team here in the office are particularly excited about!
Design Office are now working on smaller projects within the centre, including menus and a new specials board, looking for any way we can help to visualise the character of the centre and its community within the design of the actual building.
Here at Design Office we particularly love to engage in projects for our local community, especially those similar to What’s Happening on North Street that all about helping the community to grow and develop and engage with one another. If you are part of a community organisation and you think that we can help you, no matter how big or small the project is, why not arrange for a member of our team to come and visit you? Call 01270 252106 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org now – we would love to get involved!
Design Office Lights Up the Marketing of a Fabulous Fundraising Event!
Design Office are proud to support local charities, through direct fundraising events, sponsorship and by providing artwork and printing solutions for charity functions. In September 2012, Design Office even won a Business Award for Contribution to the Community, awarded by the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Community.
One of Design Office’s most recent charitable ventures involved working alongside Graham Witter, a student at MMU, who volunteers for a very worthwhile charity – The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice. The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice provides care for young people with serious, complex and life-limiting conditions as well as practical and emotional support for their families.
Graham kindly shared his story with us, explaining that he has chosen to volunteer for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice because they personally help him and his family in the form of offering respite care for his younger sister, who is in need of 24 hour care.
Graham lives on a farm in Weston and always puts lights up at Christmas, however two years ago he decided to open the farm to the public in return for donations for the charity so close to his family. In 2013 he managed to raise £1000, while in 2014 he saw that figure soar to £5,720. This year Graham is looking to beat that figure again and when he approached Design Office for a helping hand of course we jumped at the chance!
Design Office are proud sponsors of this year’s event offering help in the form of complimentary artwork to help Graham promote his annual light display. Our highly creative team were able to develop festive artwork for a range of full colour Leaflets, quality Posters and durable PVC Banners guaranteed to create that extra buzz that Graham is looking for for his event this year.
“I would like to thank Design Office for all their support, patience and commitment for helping me with this fundraising event, and the work and effort they have shown to help me has been brilliant. Kev and his team have really helped me develop a good image and brand for this year’s event and I feel that this good artwork and marketing material will help me encourage more people to come along. I’m sure everybody who has worked on this project there will be coming along and supporting such a great event!”
We’ll see you there Graham!
Design Office are always looking for ways to get involved with our local community and partnerships with local charities are extremely important to us. If you’re involved with a charity and you think we could help you in any way, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01270 252106 or send an email to email@example.com now!
For more information about the Weston Light Display, visit facebook.com/westonlightdisplay
Local Business Helps Two Local Charities Through Skillshare Initiative, September 2012
Local company, Design Office has recently helped two worthwhile charities through Cheshire’s new SkillShare initiative. The SkillShare initiative, set up in conjunction with the South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Community & Voluntary Services (CVS) Cheshire East, promotes local, skilled volunteering by matching local business people and other professionals with suitable charities and community groups that require their services.
Design Office, a creative design agency and printers based in Crewe, approached Skillshare to offer its support in order to assist local charities. SkillShare subsequently arranged for the company to help Crewe Women’s Aid (CWA), a charity that aims to change the lives of people affected by domestic abuse, with Marketing Advice and assistance in the Re-branding of their Logo and Website.
Working in partnership with (CWA) the Design Office rebranded the charity and created a new Corporate Identity, a Photography assignment was also carried out to support the visuals with real life, local imagery. The Printing of a new Stationery suite, Leaflets and Brochures completed the first phase of the project. As part of the overall Marketing Package Design Office are also flowing the new Brand into a new Web Site.
To continue on from the success of the pairing, Design Office were then approached to work with another local organisation in need of creative assistance, a dance group called ‘Musical Mayhem’. The dance group was set up purely to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis unit at Wythenshawe Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Centre. Design Office printed the programmes and PVC Banners after offering to part sponsor their upcoming event at Crewe Lyceum Theatre, ensuring that all money raised goes to the two charities.
Kevin Edge, of Design Office, comments “We contacted Skillshare as we had a very successful year and the initiative seemed a great way to give something back to the community. Through Skillshare we have built a solid relationship with these charities and helped make a real difference to their marketing campaigns.”
Mark Ellis, Co-Founder of the SkillShare initiative concludes: “This is a great example as to how the SkillShare initiative can work by matching charities with local business people who are willing and able to volunteer their expertise and support.”
SkillShare is always looking to expand its supporting network. Any businesses interested in offering their time and expertise to support the SkillShare initiative, or any local voluntary and community groups who would benefit from skilled support should email Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org
To see Musical Mayhem in actions, they are presenting an evening of song and dance, at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre on the 29th and 30th of September starting at 7.15pm. See www.lyceumtheatre.net for more information.