Ernesettle Activity Information
Lots of work has been going on behind the scenes to provide activity and support for young people in Ernesettle following the unfortunate demise of the Budshead Trust last year. Barefoot can now proudly announce that it is one of the founder members of SPACE - Strategic Partnership Assisting the Community in Ernesettle - in company with Plymouth YMCA and representatives from Plymouth City Council Youth Service, a partnership that aims to be the focus for work with young people and the wider community.
As actions speak louder than words, SPACE (through the YMCA) has taken on the lease of the former Budshead Trust building in Hornchurch Lane, which re-opens this week as the SPACE Centre, offering weekly youth sessions and activities for young people, including sport, film making and sailing. In association with SPACE, the Theatre Royal Young Company Hub also starts free dance sessions for young people on May 8th at the nearby St Aidan's Church.
4.00pm-5.30pm youth and activity session (13-19yrs) at The SPACE Centre Hornchurch Lane and
6.00pm-7.30pm (from May 8th) dance workshop (11-16yrs) with TR2 Young Company Hub
Fridays 4.00pm-5.00pm Football and street sport at the Multi Use Games Area on Ernesettle Green
Saturdays (dates to be confirmed) Sailing at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club
Activities are led by FOTONOW, Plymouth and District Schools Sailing Association and Plymouth Sports Academy.This work is funded by Awards for All and Positive Futures.
Our work in Southway has been developing since the beginning of the year, focusing on 'Chill Out' - live music training and experience - and 'North Direction' - the creation of a community magazine. Run by professional musicians Si and Tim and FOTONOW respectively, both activities are engaging young people, tapping into their interests and building skills and confidence. As well as one-to-one tuition the young musicians have started to play together - with our activity leaders making sure that as many as possible can get involved, while the growing editorial team of the 'North Direction' magazine are photographing, writing and researching with the aim of launching their first issue in mid May.
This work is funded by the Plymouth Community Safety Partnership
Following the success of our Take a Shot project in three areas of Plymouth - aimed at engaging young people in positive activities and drawing them away from anti-social behaviour - we have secured funding from Plymouth Community Safety Partnership to continue this work in Southway.
Take a Shot had a dramatic effect in this area in 2012. Working in close collaboration with the Southway Youth Work team, our film and sport practitioners from FOTONOW and Plymouth Sports Academy helped engage over 80 young people in positive outdoor activities, including the production of a short film. Using the covered sports area at Beechwood School, the Take a Shot sessions helped re-establish the link between young people and youth workers and has directly led to the re-opening of Southway Youth Centre, which had been closed in early 2012 due to anti-social behaviour issues.
For 2013 we have identified live music and film/media as areas of particular interest to the young people and sessions are now underway, with plans for live gigs and a young people's community newsletter in the pipeline. Working in partnership with the Southway Youth Work team the aim is to keep providing opportunities for young people to get involved in activities that build confidence, develop skills and raise aspirations.
Now in its second 'term', Star Skills is our weekly drama session for adults with learning disabilities aimed at improving social skills and building confidence in day-to-day situations. Run in collaboration with All Stars Theatre Company, Star Skills is led by practitioner Becky Huggins, supported by All Stars' founders Jan and David Halifax and a team of volunteers. As well as having lots of fun, many Star Skills participants have made massive strides forward in self confidence.
Comments from those taking part have included:
'It has helped me to control bullying' John
'Makes me feel more independent' Caroline
'I'm learning how to keep safe' Carol
'I can practice showing emotions' Vicky
'It is helping me support others' Anthony
Star Skills continues until the end of March 2013 but we hope to be able to extend this project in the future.
To help schools get the most out of the £50 million Summer School Fund Barefoot can provide everything from a single workshop to a two week programme the includes a variety of artforms, sports and other activities.
The experienced Barefoot team can work with schools to custom build an activity programme that eases the anxieties of children making the transition from primary to secondary education whilst building skills, confidence and curriculum knowledge.
For more information please see attached flyer.
We’re sorry to announce that the Big Arts Festival will have to take a
rest this year due to financial restrictions, but we are making an application
to Arts Council England for development funding to bring the event back -
bigger and better - in 2013 and 2014.
You may remember that we announced a partnership with Plymouth
University to deliver the 2012 festival linked to their 150th
anniversary. Unfortunately, despite a
great deal of interest, the sums didn’t add up and after exploring a number of
other options we have decided that a ‘year off’ (in BAF’s 13th
year!) is the best option.
In lieu of BAF 2012, PCC’s Department for Children and Young People and
Plymouth University will be coordinating the ‘Imagineering Festival’ at
Plymouth Guildhall in July. Barefoot’s role will be to provide pre-event artist
workshops for all the participating schools. Please see PCC’s ‘School Room’ for
Barefoot artists and practitioners offer a range of arts workshops that can link to the national curriculum and enhance learning in schools. Workshops cover a variety of artforms and can be tailored to suit all abilities.
All Barefoot registered artists and practitioners are experienced in working in education settings and hold enhanced CRB clearance and public liability insurance. The Barefoot team can assist with ideas and help develop a more creative curriculum in schools. Workshops and longer projects can be programmed to fit with current learning priorities.
Prices start from £240 for an artist/practitioner day in school. This charge does not include materials as these will vary greatly depending on the artform.
For further information please contact the Barefoot team on 01752 636700 x 2389/5654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a Shot project offers a programme of weekly non-contact boxing and
film-making/photography sessions to groups of young people who have offended or
are at risk of offending. Funded by the Government’s Community Action against
Crime Innovation Fund (administered by the Home Office) ‘Take a Shot’ will be
rolled out in the Whitleigh/Southway, Ernesettle and Plympton areas of
has been working in close partnership with the Youth Offending Team and
Plymouth City Youth Service to identify young people who could benefit from
this project, who will be working with project partners FOTONOW and Plymouth Sports
Academy. The structured boxing sessions will enable participants to gain
ABA (Amateur Boxing Association) accreditation, whilst the film/making
photography sessions will aim to produce short films and photographs about the
lives of young people in local areas, to be screened at an end of project
For more information please click here.
Plymouth Music Zone is holding two exciting girl only band development events led by talented young female singer songwriters Kat Marsh (www.myspace.com/katmarsh) and Josie Newton (www.myspace.com/josienewton). Aimed at 11-18 year olds who want to play in a band or break into the music industry, the sessions will enable participants to meet other aspiring female musicians, play some music and get some top tips and advice.
Sessions will take place on Saturday 26th November and 18th February from 10am - 4pm. Spaces are limited so please contact PMZ a.s.a.p. to book a place, tel: 01752 213690 or email email@example.com. For more information please visit www.plymouthmusiczone.org.uk/02_events.aspx
We’re just about to pilot a new CPD
programme of seven after-school sessions aimed at teachers, TAs and other
school workers who want inspiring ideas and access to new creative skills. ‘Art
School’ will be all about building confidence and showing how you can help children
achieve amazing results with simple materials and a bit of imagination.
Experienced artist Jo Tyler will lead these first sessions which are taking
place in close cooperation with the Southern Way Federation at Beechwood and
Oakwood Primary schools.This is very much ‘non-scary’ art and will include
topics such as making magic dream books with ‘no sew’ textile techniques (see
photo), creating gorgeous quick and easy ceramics and finding out that you can draw!
We’ll be advertising Art School programmes in the New Year and will be
contacting all schools and children’s centres in Plymouth and the local area
with details of how they can get involved.