Take Care St Helens celebrates those special spaces and places in our town that offer support, advice and care. Created through many conversations and workshops with local people and community groups, it takes the form of a map which highlights the many ways we care for one another. A practical tool for support and information, it also acknowledges those places that no longer exist.
noun 1. The provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.
verb 1. Feel concern or interest; attach importance to something
"That’s what the Oxford English Dictionary defines as care. The Old English is ‘caru’ or ‘cearu’ which means ‘sorrow, anxiety, grief’. In general use, care tends to mean caution than comfort. In creating this map, I’ve asked many people what care means to them personally, and what care means in St Helens. People offering formal care (such as YMCA, TearDrops, CGL) highlighted the importance of supporting personal independence, practically as well as emotionally, as an aspect of care. Informal caring spaces (like Momo’s, the Library, Phoenix) emphasised the significance of offering kindness, opportunities to be social and different ways of being together."
You can read Hwa Young's full Who Cares? essay over on her blog here.
Hwa Young updated the map in September 2020 in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and to mark the acts of generosity, support, mutual aid and care for those around us that emerged during this time.
You can explore the digital version of the updated Take Care St Helens map below.
If you'd like to share your own space of care, please let us know via social media using #takecaresthelens
Take Care St Helens was created by Hwa Young Jung, illustration is by Millie Chesters. With special thanks to all of the people who shared their spaces and places of care with us.