Despite a rare dose of the day-long downpours, SPACE Shot staged the first Ernesettle Infinity Music Festival on Ernesettle Green as part of 2016's Community Fun Day, which ended up delayed until early October because of...bad weather! Inspired by a disabled SPACE Shot member, who is unable to travel to see any live music, our young volunteers applied to the City’s Vital Sparks fund for funding to bring live music to him and the rest of the Ernesettle Community, linking in with the annual Fun Day organised by Ernesettle Community Forum. Many windy and muddy obstacles were thrown in our way during the day but in the best traditions the show went on.
Acts who performed at Infinity, in front of a big screen showing our new Fotonow film all about SPACE Shot, included Andy Quick and his band, Billy Love, Gii Dhi, DJ Indie and DJ Steppin’ Razor with the SPACE Shot Youth Dance Co, (led by Exim Dance) opening the festival. Despite all the weather issues, our young people are keen to take on the management of another event in 2017.
As we reached the colder months we took the decision to abandon Ernesettle's rather exposed and rain-swept MUGA (multi-use games area) for our Devon FA-supported football sessions and transfer to the flood-lit, astro-turfed GOALS facility at Plymouth's Central Park. Our young people also got the chance to try tobogganing and other winter sports during a visit to Plymouth Ski Centre.
Just before Christmas youth workers Claire and Jon publicised SPACE Shot at a very successful assembly at nearby Marine Academy Plymouth, with lots of young people staying behind to chat and find out more. This was followed by the culmination of a charity fund-raising drive by our young people for the Hugs from Henry charity. £100 was presented to Henry during an evening dance performance in his honour at SPACE Shot. This period also saw preparations for the Ernesettle Christmas Fayre where SPACE Shot provided activities and volunteers, traditionally ensuring that Santa and his elves were on duty all afternoon.
Since New Year things have been hectic, with one group of young people engaging in Microbits computer programming training at Plymouth University, another developing a Diversity project and another working with an artist to design and paint a mural in our ex-store room/newly converted small group space. The Diversity project has seen young people travel to the Zone’s converted barn at Lopwell Dam, where they’ve discussed diversity issues and have been trained in refugee awareness by Students and Refugees Together (START). This group has also visited the Piety mosque in Plymouth and attended refugee-led ‘Cultural Kitchen’ cookery and social events.
As if that wasn’t enough, Spring half term visits to the new Adrenalin Quarry assault course and Mission Escape kept minds and bodies active as did our dance group’s performance as part of a major Plymouth dance event held at City College’s Goschen Centre.
And throughout the winter our weekly drop-in sessions have continued to give Ernesettle’s young people a place to drop in with food, friends and activities led by our amazing youth work team, with support and advice on everything from sexual health to writing a CV.
We’ve been regularly keeping everyone informed about what SPACE Shot is up to through our SPACE Shot Facebook page so here’s a catch-up on our spring and summer 2016 activities.
First of all though, let’s briefly talk numbers. When SPACE Shot started in April 2014 it inherited 48 young people from our 2013 pilot project. By March 2016 that had increased to 225 11-19 year olds and since April over 40 new members have engaged with the project. This is a great way to celebrate our 20th Anniversary! Yes, Barefoot is 20 years old.
What We’ve Been Doing
In April our Easter holiday activities included horse riding on Dartmoor, a visit to Woodlands Adventure Park and a paddle boarding and power boating day at Mount Batten Watersports Centre. We also took part in the first Ernesettle event run by fellow Reaching Communities-funded project Active Neighbourhoods, with our young people learning about the nature and environment of Ernesettle Creek in a fun way, with big litter picks on the way there and back.
In May our first mixed residential took place over a fantastically sunny weekend, with young people learning to climb and abseil on the mighty Dewerstone near Shaugh Bridge and, on the following day, getting wet and worn out coasteering and raft building at Paignton. With an overnight sleepover at Poundsgate in the heart of spooky Dartmoor this was an unforgettable experience for everyone.
In June young people tried out trampolining in Newton Abbot and we introduced a regular Thursday Night visit to the Livewire Youth Project across the Tamar in Saltash, where our budding musicians and singers could benefit from Livewire’s rehearsal rooms, recording studio and expert guitar and drum tuition. This had a particular focus because a group of young people spent the spring hard-at-work raising money for and planning our own Infinity Music Festival, to be run as part of the Ernesettle Fun Day in September 2016. Special thanks to Vital Sparks!
In July our new football coach, Scott, kicked off more Friday night footie sessions on Ernesettle Green, with support from Plymouth Sports Development and Devon FA, and our dancers, after a spring of regular dance sessions and choreography with Exim Dance, ran their own Dancethon at the SPACE Centre, raising money for the Hugs from Henry charity, supporting families coping with childhood cancer Neuroblastoma. July also saw our first joint health session with Ernesettle NHS Surgery, with staff from the surgery running a smoking cessation workshop with our young people.
While all this was going on our regular sessions were running on a weekly basis, providing recreational activity, opportunities for young people to seek the advice and support of our youth workers and a whole range of in-house activity, such as cooking, painting and education in everything from health to happiness!
Our provisional weekly autumn and winter schedule is:
6.00 - 8.00pm (13+) Project Night
4.00 - 5.20pm (11-13) Open access Junior Youth Club (SPACE)
5.30 - 6.50pm (13+) Open access Senior youth club (SPACE)
7.20 - 8.40pm (13+) Closed Senior youth club (SPACE)
6.00 - 8.00pm (11+) Dance with Exim (St Aidan's)
5.30 - 6.30pm (11+) Football with Devon FA (MUGA on the Green)6.30 - 7.30pm (11+) Open access youth club (SPACE)
SPACE Shot's been busy during the Autumn and Winter planning a new schedule of regular sessions and activities for young people in Ernesettle and producing our biggest young person-led community fund-raising project so far.
However, our Autumn started with a major move for Barefoot, swopping our office at Marjon (our home for the past 15 years) for new premises at the Ernesettle SPACE Centre. Barefoot and SPACE Shot are now firmly embedded in the Ernesettle community, with all staff within shouting distance of each other! Our heartfelt thanks to the University of St Mark and St John for years of support. We'll continue to work with the university via everything from student placements to evaluation and research.
As these things do, the Autumn became an extended run up to Christmas and both the Ernesettle Community Christmas Fair and the first major project for our new wave of SPACE Shot Young Women's Group members. As the last group bowed out with a 'biggie' (their Dartmoor residential at Prince's Hall), the new group wanted to start in style. Thanks to youth worker Daisy's contacts with Plymouth Women's Refuge, a visit from a refuge representative inspired the young women's group to provide Christmas stockings for children spending Christmas in the refuge with their Mums. To provide stockings required research and funds, so ages and genders were obtained and a fund-raising plan devised that included contacting Plymouth businesses for support, making jewellery to sell at the forthcoming Christmas Fair and preparing for a raffle at the same event. The outcome was over £300 raised, as well as generous donations for stockings and the raffle from businesses, and (after a major shopping trip) a car-load of individualised stockings plus a sack of 'extras' that was passed on to Santa just before the great day. For children who thought the man in red wouldn't know where to find them it was a brilliant surprise and much appreciated by them, their Mum's and the staff at the Plymouth Refuge.
The second Ernesettle Community Christmas Fair was also a resounding success, with SPACE Shot young people and youth workers providing everything from Santa's elves to raffle staff. Even Santa acknowledged SPACE Shot's help in getting him there!
For the SPACE Shot Young Men's group a brand new initiative took them into the New Year as non contact boxing sessions got underway in early February, giving the opportunity to learn new skills, get fit and learn self-control without getting damaged! Masterminded by youth worker Jon, the sessions are delivered by Plymouth Sports Academy at St Aidan's church hall.
Our new February 2016 SPACE Shot schedule is now in operation, developed from the needs and wants expressed by the young people we work with. It is:
5.00 - 6.30pm (11+) Young Women's Group (SPACE Centre)
6.30 - 8.00pm (13+) Young Men's Group - non-contact boxing (St Aidan's)
4.00 - 5.20pm (11-13) Open access Junior Youth Club (SPACE)
5.30 - 6.50pm (13+) Open access Senior youth club (SPACE)
7.20 - 8.00pm (13+) Closed Senior youth club (SPACE)
6.00 - 8.00pm (11+) Dance with Exim (St Aidan's)
5.30 - 6.30pm (11+) Football with Devon FA (MUGA on the Green) temporarily suspended for Feb 2016 due to the weather conditions
6.30 - 7.30pm (11+) Open access youth club (SPACE)
Just prior to the summer, Barefoot appointed Claire Best as our new Professional Worker, following the departure of Matt Hatchell for full-time employment with Plymouth Raiders Basketball Team. Congratulations to Claire and huge thanks and good luck for the future to Matt. However, because Claire was already part of the project, there was another post to fill, so hot on the heels of that appointment we are delighted to say that Jon Dingle, ex placement student and volunteer, was selected to fill the role of 'second' Senior Youth Support Worker, partnering Claire and Daisy Ritchie.
Also in the early summer, our new SPACE SHOT dance group, developed with partners Exim Dance, performed for the first time in front of an audience of international students at Plymouth Creative School. As if this wasn't high profile enough, they followed it up with 2 performances in Plymouth City Centre as part of the National U-Dance Festival and wowed both the crowds and other dancers and dance tutors from the SW and beyond. There'll be more performances in the Autumn, including one at Ernesettle Fun Day.
At the regular SPACE SHOT youth sessions, weekly cooking (and communal dining) continued to develop as more young people improved their culinary skills, all going hand-in-hand with our healthy living programme that is helping young people make informed and safe life-style choices. SPACE SHOT also continued to develop its young people's forum, giving the people at the centre of the project more and more control over the SPACE SHOT programme and the decision-making process. Part of that was the selection of this summer's excursions and activities which included: kayaking in Plymouth Sound, horse riding on Dartmoor, surfing in Cornwall, paintballing in Devon and quad biking through loads of mud!
This year all the activities were filmed by partners Fotonow, who are working with young people to record their experiences and what they are getting from them, much of which will be presented at the forthcoming Ernesettle Fun Day on September 26th, an event that young people from SPACE SHOT are playing an increasing role in organising and running. This year that will include running stalls and children's competitions, stewarding the SPACE SHOT Youth Football Tournament (now in its 2nd year), assisting with refreshments and selling raffle tickets. Several young people from SPACE SHOT attended an Ernesettle Community Forum Fun Day meeting in August and are busy (tonight!) designing the poster for the event.
So what's coming up in the Autumn? Well, the continuation of our young men's group and the forming of a 'new' young women's group, plus regular football sessions, a major recruitment drive to engage even more young people in the Ernesettle area and preparations for SPACE SHOT's growing role in the 2015 Ernesettle Christmas Fayre, introduced last year by our SPACE partners Plymouth Community Homes. Wednesday night continues as the weekly core youth session, with Juniors (11-13) from 5.00pm and Seniors (13-19) from 6.45pm.
And with so much going on, just a quick mention of another Barefoot-led project, the culmination of the Ernemetal public art project that saw its grand opening in June. Commissioned by Plymouth Community Homes to devise a public art project that gave the power to the people of Ernesettle, Barefoot organised an opening event that saw a grand parade of children from Ernesettle Community School, transformed into singing insects by Stiltskin Theatre Group, whilst more children entertained the crowds with drumming and dance performances. The new art work, created by local residents, SPACE SHOT members, Ernesettle school children and Marine Academy Plymouth students, all working with artist Noah Taylor, glistened in the sun as our guests enjoyed refreshments created and served by young people from MAP and examined the original artwork displayed in the windows of local shops and Ernesettle Library. Yet more Ernemetal outdoor art is to be added in the early Autumn.
SPACE SHOT YOUTH PROJECT Ernesettle Plymouth
Professional Youth Worker
22 month contract 20 hrs per week £28,064 pro rata
A qualified and experienced Professional Youth Worker is required to head a team of two Senior Youth Support Workers and volunteers in this exciting Big Lottery-funded three year project (two years remaining) based at the SPACE Centre in Ernesettle. SPACE SHOT provides five youth sessions a week and a range of activities. We’re looking for someone who can build on the achievements of the project team, engage young people inclusively and effectively and positively manage and support colleagues and youth session activity. The successful candidate will report to the SPACE Shot steering group led by Barefoot, which is a small independent charity hosted by the University of St Mark and St John. Applicants must hold a JNC professional qualification in youth work. This post requires a DBS check and is not suitable for job share. Closing date Friday May 22nd 2015
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Hard to believe, but our SPACE Shot youth project in Ernesettle has just completed its first year, with 2 more to follow under the current Big Lottery Reaching Communities funding. During the year the Youth Team of Matt, Claire and Daisy has been aided by first Jet and now Wes from Plymouth YMCA, our Marjon placement student Jon; Jo, Matt and crew from Fotonow; Lauren, Kerrie and colleagues from Exim Dance; Ben from Devon FA, and artists Noah and Scott, all working to provide five weekly youth sessions and over 83 activity sessions, including everything from surfing to dance and deep sea fishing to soap making.
Over 100 young people have participated in SPACE Shot so far, with the original Wednesday night junior and senior sessions blossoming out to include Monday night young women's and young men's sessions and a late afternoon drop-in on Fridays. Visit the SPACE Centre on a Wednesday and the aroma of freshly cooked food fills the air, with many young people now involved in preparing the popular meals. Video games, art activities, board games and the clacking of pool balls on the new table provide the backdrop to conversation and the sharing of achievements, concerns and information, whilst the walls are covered in photos of recent activities and sign-up sheets for the next trip or excursion. This programme of activities really helped to cement relationships during the summer and presented new challenges for many of the young people involved:
“Since coming to the youth club and the activities I have done things I probably wouldn’t have done – like tree-surfing. I felt positive after doing this.”
On Monday's young people get the chance to spend time discussing issues important to them and planning events such as the recent young women's group weekend residential on Dartmoor, or the young men's group's regular diving sessions at Plymouth Life Centre. On Fridays, older young people may be seeking advice on sexual health matters or just taking the chance to share their experiences with a youth worker. One thing that's come through loud and clear is that young people in Ernesettle (and we feel, generally) really value a safe space to socialise with their friends and the presence of trusted adults whom they can talk to in confidence:
“I feel safe in the youthy, I know I can speak to the youth workers and it stays confidential.
One of SPACE Shot's aims is to counter the tendency of some young people to get into trouble through anti-social behaviour by providing alternative positive activities that help them find their true potential. It's sometimes difficult for adults to remember than young people often hang around in groups so they feel safe and that they are growing up and learning about life and how to behave as they go.
“We’re always asking each other “when’s the youthy on this week?” and “when’s youthy open?” We don’t have much else to do other than coming here. This place keeps us out of trouble and we’re not intimidating people here like we are at the shops. Coming here has helped me grow up more and act more mature too”
So, on to year 2 and more developments, including our first youth forum, more involvement of young people with their local community (after the success of last year's youth football 'world cup' at the Ernesettle Fun Day) and even more young people in Ernesettle taking advantage of the SPACE Shot 'youthy' and its exciting opportunities!
Spring is upon us and activities continue at the SPACE Centre for young people in the Ernesettle area.
Winter is (nearly) upon us and we've launched a new schedule of activities for young people in the Ernesettle area. New on the block is the Friday Information and Advice Youth Cafe, a drop-in session from 2.30pm - 4.00pm at the SPACE Centre for all 11-19 year olds. Come along and chat to the SPACE Shot youth work team about anything that's interesting or bothering you, or just chill and relax. Then, starting at 5.00pm we have a brand new football session run by Devon FA for 11-13 year olds up to 6.00pm and for 13-19 year olds from 6.00pm to 7.00pm. SPACE Shot youth workers will be at both sessions, so if you want to know more about the project and how to get involved just turn up and talk to Matt, Claire or Daisy. Football takes place at the MUGA on Ernesettle Green and is floodlit so you can see who you're kicking the ball to!We'd also like to take this opportunity of saying welcome to Jon, our new student youth worker who will be part of the team until spring 2015. Jon is already a regular face at the Wednesday night youth sessions and will be taking part in lots of new activities, including the indoor graffiti art session at SPACE on Saturday 6th December.
Our thanks to all the community members, children, teachers, teaching assistants and headteachers who attended and special thanks to Helen Ryan and Lee Ferguson from PCH's excellent and ever supportive Communities team.
Finally, after plenty of time for all the guests to view the exhibition and ask questions, PCH's Director of Manufacturing, Nick Jackson, presented every project participant with a certificate. We hope everyone left feeling proud of their contribution and well informed about the next stages of the project. From now on manufacturing will proceed in earnest with the next stop being installation of the public art and a big celebratory opening event in June 2015.
Barefoot's work on the ERNEMETAL public art project for Plymouth Community Homes reached a major milestone recently when the ERNEMETAL 'thank you' exhibition and celebration was held at PCH's headquarters at Plumer House. Over 40 of the participants attended, including children from Ernesettle Community School, members of the Ernesettle community, 6th Form students from Marine Academy Plymouth and young people from the Barefoot-run, Big Lottery-funded, SPACE Shot Youth Project.After burning the midnight and daytime oil hanging the exhibition (with material support from Plymouth College of Art) the Barefoot team introduced the project and explained ERNEMETAL's next steps. Then PCH workshop manager Andrew Macpherson outlined the construction process, involving steel, laminating and lasers, that will see the participants' art transformed into a permanent public display in Ernesettle's shopping street. Everyone then got a chance to see themselves at work with the first screening of James Ellwood's documentary film of the project, still to be completed as the Fotonow film maker continues to record ERNEMETAL's progress.
Of course, the regular Wednesday SPACE Shot youth sessions continue into the autumn and beyond, with Matt, Claire and Daisy ready to welcome juniors (11-13) from 5.00pm to 6.30pm and seniors (14-19) from 6.45pm to 8.45pm at the SPACE Centre in Hornchurch Lane (behind the shops). Play games, eat, talk, find out about all the latest stuff and help us plan new activities that young people in Ernesettle really want to do.
Then, on Wednesday 17th September, from 6.45pm to 8.45pm at St Aiden's Church Hall, we've got the first of our new SPACE Shot dance sessions, run by Claire Summers and her excellent team from Exim Dance. Also open to all 11-19 year olds this is the place to go if you want to have fun and keep fit whilst learning cool moves and some great skills. This is very much for EVERYBODY, so don't hide behind the sofa or say 'I can't dance' when you know you'd really like to come along and have a go. Absolutely no previous experience is necessary, but you can also bring all the skills you like.
The summer was packed with brilliant SPACE Shot activities and trips, from surfing to horse riding and including trips to Quay West and Woodlands. Both our junior and senior groups got to enjoy the activities: sometimes together! The trips were a great way for young people to better get to know the SPACE Shot youth work team (Matt, Claire and Daisy) and each other and learn new skills, overcome old fears and see a bit more of Devon and Cornwall. But with the sunny weather about to end sometime soon we're diving straight into some new regular, indoor activities for the autumn and winter.Already underway is Media with Devonport-based experts Fotonow. The Fotonow team are well known to young people in Ernesettle, having worked in the area with Barefoot as early as 2012. Now, every Monday evening, from 5.00pm - 7.00pm in the SPACE Centre Media room (last door at the uphill end) 11-19 year olds can get involved in photography, film making, reporting and other media-type activities, leading to bigger projects in the future. Everything is hands-on and there's lots of help from Jo and other members of the team to make sure everyone gets to produce something amazing in every session.