Ceramic Counter Coin – Clay ‘MAKE’ Workshop

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Date(s) - 01/08/2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Want to come and make your own money?

We think volunteers deserve a special kind of reward. So we’re engaging the local Staffordshire volunteer community to ‘MAKE’ their own money – a unique ceramic reward coin called ‘COUNTER COIN’ -which cleverly links to our cultural heritage too!

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Photo Image – Stamp trials of the new Stoke (Spode Works), Hanley (Spitfire) and Fenton (Town Hall) coins

Minting Our Own Money |  why a ceramic counter coin?

We think it could be mint – creating a redeemable rewards system, which creates real value for volunteers. A coin that can be used to gain discounts (and sometimes some freebies) at participating retail outlets – like local shops, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, cinemas and bowing alleys.

Counter Coin’ is a unique coin reward system which values your volunteering effort.

It’s a fake (i.e. alternative) currency, but one of real value – rewarding real people in our community, people making a realdifference. It’s credit where credit’s due, a reward for those very people in our community prepared to simply ‘#be kind’.


Partners HomeTown Plus, Wavemaker and YMCA North Staffordshire have teamed up with Human-Nature Escapes CIC(local wellbeing social enterprise) and Alex Allday (local ceramics artist) to develop the special clay ceramic coin – as an evolution to the original plastic coin idea.

Supported by funding from UnLtd, we’re inviting local volunteers mint a series of ‘home towns’ (previously designed by community during an earlier workshop) –

Stoke – Newcastle – Burslem – Fenton – Longton – Tunstall – Hanley

Having designed the coins based on DESIGN ideas drawn up by members of the community, we’re now aiming to set up a mini production line to manufacture our first volume batch of ceramic ‘culture’ coins. So if you enjoy playing with clay – come and get your hands dirty – and help us make some money!

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Photo Image – Initial sample clay coins (before drying and firing) – The Burslem (Town Hall Angel) coin


No pevious experience of working with clay is required, just some a basic interest in crafts/making. We’ll show you what to do – just come along, ‘be kind’, give some time and have some fun!  Come along if you’re a regular volunteer, or a member of the local community just willing to lend a hand.

It’s a FREE event at CULTURAL SQUATTERS – the new community cafe, ping-pong parlour, hot-desking space and events venue in the centre of Newcastle!

‘MAKE’ Workshop – 10am to 2pm (but give as much time as you want) – more details on Eventbrite



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Photo Image – 3 nomination of the Tunstall (Town Square Clock Tower) coin


Check out our website post to find out more the background to Counter Coin Volunteer rewards: http://human-nature.org.uk/ceramic-culture-coin-rewards-be-kind-volunteers/



GDPR & Data Protection Note – It is the intention that this event will be recorded through photographs and/or video.  You will be invited to confirm your consent (positive opt-in) as part of registration entry on the day of the workshops.  Any persons attending the event who might be classified as ‘vulnerable’ must have an appropriate carer or support person present througout the event.  For the purposes of Eventbite registration, the organisers do not accept responsibility for any data breaches from Eventbrite’s own systems, and it is our understanding that Eventbrite have suitable and robust data protection arrangements in place.  The event organisers will not use or pass on your data for direct marketing purposes, but photo/video images of you attending the event may be used by the Counter Coin Partners to promote Counter Coin, should you opt-in.”