Vicki Oliver is creating Inspiration and Slow Living for Spoonies
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$5
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Welcome to my beautiful space. I'm Vicki, a Spoonie, who loves to craft, bake, be in nature, meet people and build community. I have learnt to thrive with a chronic illness through determination, slow living and creativity and want to share some of this with other spoonies. Throughout my working career I have delivered workshops in arts and drama to children, young people and adults. I learned time and time again that whilst our hands and bodies are busy we open our hearts and minds, and enable communication and connection to others. But everything changed when I got sick and did'nt recover.

Theres a Wolf at My Door

I describe living with chronic illness like living with a wolf constantly at your door. She is the uninvited villain (from fairytales) who creates disruption and havoc. She often stops you leaving the house and if you fight her you are left wounded and scarred. She takes on many forms: physical, mental, social and political. She doesn't just affect one person but often the whole household she visits. She creates #SpoonieProblems such as loss of mobility, low energy, loss of income and insolvency, weight gain, prejudice and homelessness.

Despite coming close I've never given up and through tenacity and resilience and the support of others found a way to live with the wolf. Being online has has given me a life back when the 'real' world is often inaccessible. The online space of Instagram, and my blog, has provided a community to reach out to and a place where I am able to share my life (growing, creating and baking) and #SpoonieSolutions.  

What is coming:

After 6 years of sporadic blogging I am now ready to create a space in which we build a new community of spoonies who can tell their stories, share solutions to Spoonie problems, and challenge the world in which we face many difficulties.

If you want this space to happen and would like to help me build this incredible new opportunity please donate. All donations will fund my learning, writing, sharing via social media and my up and coming podcast and newsletter for subscribers.

What's next: 

- NOW Facilitating the free and open online community spaces (Facebook and Instagram). The vision for this is a safe and non judgemental space in which people can explore their experiences of living with a wolf. It is not a place of comparison but a place of support and advocacy. It's a place in which we can creatively explore being a wolf pack.
- NOW Informative and creative weekly blog posts about Wolfpack issues or creative and slow living adapted activities.
- COMING IN THE SPRING A fortnightly podcast. Each episode is an interview with a 'spoonie' to talk through their stories of triumph and adversity when living with a wolf. Plus the insightful and adaptive ways they manage their wolf.
- COMING IN THE SUMMER A monthly newsletter embracing the seasons and the outdoors including tips, tutorials and resources directly to your inbox (subscription only)

What your pledges cover

Because of my illness I have been assessed as unable to work full time. I am in receipt of benefits and cannot change this currently as my health is unstable and unlikely to improve. This means the work that I do in creating all this is for free and I am not paid. It also means that I cannot afford the things that I need to make high quality and beautiful work I desire and that this space deserves. The money raised here will go directly towards equipment such as a camera, voice recorder, comfortable desk and chair to write at, accessibility software etc. It will also cover the costs of domain, software and hosting. It will allow me to reach out and make genuine collaborations with othersIt may also go towards the odd cup of coffee to keep me writing!
Tiers
Buy us a coffee
$3 or more per month

For the price of one coffee a month you can help us reach our monthly target to create the wonderful community that is There's A Wolf At My Door. Just sign up to donate and we will give you our eternal love and thanks.

Our First Newsletter Half Price Preorder
$4 or more per month only 50 left

There's A Wolf At My Door the Newsletter is in the pipeline and due to hit your inboxes in the summer.


Inside there will be a monthly curated collection of articles on slow living, sustainablity, creative activities, recipes and gardening with a disability. As well as my work it will include collaborations with other spoonies. 


It is inspired by the newsletters that were originally made by the Arts and Crafts movement. Each copy will be uniquely illustrated by my Spoonie (and real life) sister who lives and works in Barcelona. Her work already features on my blog and has been featured in magazines and online.


By supporting this you will get the first copy at a 50% discount. We are limiting this offer to the 1st 50 patrons.

Support the Podcast
$5 or more per month

There's A Wolf At My Door the podcast is being recorded as we speak. Each episode is an insightful interview with a fellow Spoonie. It documents their story of meeting their wolf and the battle they've faced. We will talk through the triumphs and adversities and share the hero in each member of the Wolfpack. Each episode will focus on an element of Wolfpack life such as work, benefits, self care, diagnosis and representation.


If you would like to sign up to support the podcast then please hit the donation button. Your monthly donation will be helping to make this vision a reality. As a perk you be notified by email each time a new episode is released.

Support The Spoonie Sessions
$10 or more per month

'The Spoonie Sessions' is a monthly meet up group in Canterbury, Kent. The meet up focuses on small creative projects and discussion to support the wellbeing and inclusion of people with chronic and often invisible illnesses.


By supporting these sessions you will get help to ensure we can deliver these monthly sessions to participants who are on low incomes. The money donated will go towards renting the space, the materials for craft, refreshments and administration. No one is paid for these sessions, they are delivered by Vicki, or guests with the help of volunteers.

Goals
$5 of $25 per month
If you want to help me out with being able to write more often please save the price of your take out coffee today and buy me one instead. As well as providing caffeine to a fatigued body you will be helping to support the costs involved in running this wolf pack. Hosting, domains, newsletter costs are not free and are currenlty funded from my pocket. I'm dreaming big so dream with me too.
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Welcome to my beautiful space. I'm Vicki, a Spoonie, who loves to craft, bake, be in nature, meet people and build community. I have learnt to thrive with a chronic illness through determination, slow living and creativity and want to share some of this with other spoonies. Throughout my working career I have delivered workshops in arts and drama to children, young people and adults. I learned time and time again that whilst our hands and bodies are busy we open our hearts and minds, and enable communication and connection to others. But everything changed when I got sick and did'nt recover.

Theres a Wolf at My Door

I describe living with chronic illness like living with a wolf constantly at your door. She is the uninvited villain (from fairytales) who creates disruption and havoc. She often stops you leaving the house and if you fight her you are left wounded and scarred. She takes on many forms: physical, mental, social and political. She doesn't just affect one person but often the whole household she visits. She creates #SpoonieProblems such as loss of mobility, low energy, loss of income and insolvency, weight gain, prejudice and homelessness.

Despite coming close I've never given up and through tenacity and resilience and the support of others found a way to live with the wolf. Being online has has given me a life back when the 'real' world is often inaccessible. The online space of Instagram, and my blog, has provided a community to reach out to and a place where I am able to share my life (growing, creating and baking) and #SpoonieSolutions.  

What is coming:

After 6 years of sporadic blogging I am now ready to create a space in which we build a new community of spoonies who can tell their stories, share solutions to Spoonie problems, and challenge the world in which we face many difficulties.

If you want this space to happen and would like to help me build this incredible new opportunity please donate. All donations will fund my learning, writing, sharing via social media and my up and coming podcast and newsletter for subscribers.

What's next: 

- NOW Facilitating the free and open online community spaces (Facebook and Instagram). The vision for this is a safe and non judgemental space in which people can explore their experiences of living with a wolf. It is not a place of comparison but a place of support and advocacy. It's a place in which we can creatively explore being a wolf pack.
- NOW Informative and creative weekly blog posts about Wolfpack issues or creative and slow living adapted activities.
- COMING IN THE SPRING A fortnightly podcast. Each episode is an interview with a 'spoonie' to talk through their stories of triumph and adversity when living with a wolf. Plus the insightful and adaptive ways they manage their wolf.
- COMING IN THE SUMMER A monthly newsletter embracing the seasons and the outdoors including tips, tutorials and resources directly to your inbox (subscription only)

What your pledges cover

Because of my illness I have been assessed as unable to work full time. I am in receipt of benefits and cannot change this currently as my health is unstable and unlikely to improve. This means the work that I do in creating all this is for free and I am not paid. It also means that I cannot afford the things that I need to make high quality and beautiful work I desire and that this space deserves. The money raised here will go directly towards equipment such as a camera, voice recorder, comfortable desk and chair to write at, accessibility software etc. It will also cover the costs of domain, software and hosting. It will allow me to reach out and make genuine collaborations with othersIt may also go towards the odd cup of coffee to keep me writing!

Recent posts by Vicki Oliver

Tiers
Buy us a coffee
$3 or more per month

For the price of one coffee a month you can help us reach our monthly target to create the wonderful community that is There's A Wolf At My Door. Just sign up to donate and we will give you our eternal love and thanks.

Our First Newsletter Half Price Preorder
$4 or more per month only 50 left

There's A Wolf At My Door the Newsletter is in the pipeline and due to hit your inboxes in the summer.


Inside there will be a monthly curated collection of articles on slow living, sustainablity, creative activities, recipes and gardening with a disability. As well as my work it will include collaborations with other spoonies. 


It is inspired by the newsletters that were originally made by the Arts and Crafts movement. Each copy will be uniquely illustrated by my Spoonie (and real life) sister who lives and works in Barcelona. Her work already features on my blog and has been featured in magazines and online.


By supporting this you will get the first copy at a 50% discount. We are limiting this offer to the 1st 50 patrons.

Support the Podcast
$5 or more per month

There's A Wolf At My Door the podcast is being recorded as we speak. Each episode is an insightful interview with a fellow Spoonie. It documents their story of meeting their wolf and the battle they've faced. We will talk through the triumphs and adversities and share the hero in each member of the Wolfpack. Each episode will focus on an element of Wolfpack life such as work, benefits, self care, diagnosis and representation.


If you would like to sign up to support the podcast then please hit the donation button. Your monthly donation will be helping to make this vision a reality. As a perk you be notified by email each time a new episode is released.

Support The Spoonie Sessions
$10 or more per month

'The Spoonie Sessions' is a monthly meet up group in Canterbury, Kent. The meet up focuses on small creative projects and discussion to support the wellbeing and inclusion of people with chronic and often invisible illnesses.


By supporting these sessions you will get help to ensure we can deliver these monthly sessions to participants who are on low incomes. The money donated will go towards renting the space, the materials for craft, refreshments and administration. No one is paid for these sessions, they are delivered by Vicki, or guests with the help of volunteers.