Ceramic Counter Coin – Community Engagement ‘DESIGN’ Workshop

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Date(s) - 15/06/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 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 ’DESIGN’ & ‘MAKE’ their own money – a unique ceramic reward coin called ‘COUNTER COIN’ -which cleverly links to our cultural heritage too!

Human-Nature Escapes CIC - Minting The Money

Photo – What design would you place on each of our North Staffordshire home town coins?

Minting Our Own Money | why a ceramic counter coin?

Human-Nature Escapes CIC - Coloured Clay Coins

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 from each of the local ‘home towns’ –

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

Come along to the 1st (of 2) workshops to design and later make the ceramic coins. With this the ‘DESIGN’ WORKSHOP, we aim to gather design ideas for images we might feature on each of the 7 coins – as a ‘culture’ coin? Come and use your local knowlege and your design skills and ideas to suggest a coin design that might represent your own ‘home town’.

We’ll be running a morning and afternoon session. No drawing or design skills are necessary – just ‘be kind’ and come along to share your ideas – and of course have some fun!

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!  Book on the Eventbrite links below, by clicking ‘Morning’ or ‘Afternoon’:


MORNING WORKSHOP TICKET – 10am to 12noon (only book this ticket if you want to attend in the morning workshop)

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP TICKET – 2pm to 4pm (only book this ticket if you want to attend in the afternoon workshop).


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