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.