Change a life: One step at a time

A major volunteer recruitment campaign has been launched by Citizens Advice Hart, using postcards, posters and social media banners which not only feature locations throughout this corner of North East Hampshire but make use of miniature figures in a series of ‘real-life’ scenes which are better known as ‘Slinkachu‘ street-art photography.

The twelve scenes illustrate the kinds of ‘life transitions’ with which the service can help local people with free, independent, confidential and impartial help and advice.  Locations have been chosen through the Hart area – Blackbushe Airport, Eversley, Ewshot, Fleet, Frogmore, Hartley Wintney, Odiham, North Warnborough, Rotherwick, and Yateley, each making use of a ‘step’ or ‘staircase’, or someone taking a step, to fit in with the creative concept of helping change people’s lives ‘One Step At A Time‘.

The first six images below will be available as postcards, while all twelve will be showcased on posters, and on social media.  We are going to share the full set with you here, while in future posts, there will be more information about some of the individual locations, and issues they address.

The central message thoughout is that we are looking for new volunteers.  You can volunteer your time in a traditional adviser role, or in another specialist capacity, like communications or law, finance or fundraising.  If you would like to find out more, please call us on 01252 878410.

The six postcard images are as follows:-

Location: On the steps of the slide, Ewsot Recreation Ground
Location: On the steps of the slide, Ewshot Recreation Ground

Above: Dealing with life’s big changes, like having a baby.

As the reverse of the postcards appear.
As the reverse of the postcards appear.

The fronts of the other five postcards are:-

Location: illustrating outside Fleet Community Hospital
Location: illustrating outside Fleet Community Hospital

Above: Dealing with life’s big changes, like the implications of long term sickness.

Location: on the Jobs pages of the 'Fleet and Yateley News & Mail'
Location: on the Jobs pages of the ‘Fleet and Yateley News & Mail

Above: Dealing with life’s big changes, like starting or finding a job for the first time.

Location: On the footbridge over the Reading Road, near Frogmore Community College.
Location: On the footbridge over the Reading Road, near Frogmore Community College.

Above: Dealing with life’s big changes, like relationship breakdown, or divorce.

Location: On the spiral staircase, next to the Cooperative Stores, Plough Road, Yateley.
Location: On the spiral staircase, next to the Cooperative Stores, Plough Road, Yateley.

Above:  Dealing with life’s big changes, like going off to college or university for the first time.

Location: on blocks of cheese in the kitchen!
Location: on blocks of cheese in the kitchen!

Above:  Spelling out that this campaigning is ‘stepping-up’ (here on blocks of cheese) to become a volunteer, whatever your background.

There are also a further six postcard-style images which will be used on poster displays, and on social media.  These are:-

Location: on the steps of Odiham War Memorial.
Location: on the steps of Odiham War Memorial.

Above:  Dealing with life’s big changes, like bereavement of a loved one.

Location: On the steps of Rotherwick Village Hall
Location: On the steps of Rotherwick Village Hall

Above:  Dealing with life’s big changes, like moving into a new home, or buying or renting your first home.

Location: On the steps outside Hartley Wintney Memorial Church.
Location: On the steps outside Hartley Wintney Memorial Church.

Above:  Dealing with life’s big changes, like starting a new relationship, or getting married.

Location: On the ramp going into Aerobility flying charity at Blackbushe Airport.
Location: On the ramp going into Aerobility flying charity at Blackbushe Airport.

Above: Dealing with life’s big changes, like facing long-term illness or disability.

Location: Inside King John's Castle, near North Warnborough.
Location: Inside King John’s Castle, near North Warnborough.

Above: Dealing with life’s big changes, like retirement.

Location: Alongside the quarry, next to Castle Bottom Nature Reserve, Eversley.
Location: Alongside the quarry, next to Castle Bottom Nature Reserve, Eversley.

Above:  Dealing with life’s big changes, like getting into debt, or problems with finances.

A big ‘Thank you!’

A big ‘Thank You’ to eight year old Olivia Horwood, who played the role of creative consultant during the course of the two-day shoot for the postcards throughout the Hart District area.  Not only did Olivia help come up with with some of the executions, she helped set them up on the day.  Olivia is a pupil at New Scotland Hill Primary School, Sandhurst but currently lives in the Citizens Advice Hart area.

If you look carefully, you can see Olivia in both of these wider shots taken of the ‘Ewshot’ location below, which had to win the award for the most picturesque of the twelve locations we used.  Below (top), while you can just about see the miniature figures ‘insitu’ on the slide step, if you look to the right in the distance, you may just make out Olivia in the window of the playhouse.  Below (bottom), is the view from the slide area across the sweeping vista of Ewshot Recreation Ground play-area – and Olivia can be seen ‘swinging’ on one of the pieces of play equipment.

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Olivia’s uncle is Paul Simpson, who has been volunteering for Citizens Advice Hart on communications, and was the photographer for this campaign.