2020-09-30 • • Dundee
Our idea is to do tutored post lockdown dance and movement sessions with our already established teenage dance group and a number of other young people who we know have struggled throughout lockdown and would benefit from some low level support and guidance. We are aiming to help participants to build confidence and rebuild and strengthen relationships.
Alongside the dance and movement we will offer sessions with invited local experts looking at different issues around mental health, self-esteem and sexual health. These sessions would focus on important aspects of everyday life but in a more informal way whilst providing important information and signposting to agencies that can help people if and when required. We are intending to work towards a final performance at the end of the project which will either be attended by friends and parents or filmed so that young people can share it with supporters.
2020-10-07 • • Dundee
As we can’t use our indoor facilities we are currently focussing on our outdoor activities - our ‘Community Garden Project’. Our Garden Project helps people of all ages to engage in outdoor activity, coming together, tending the garden, using the fresh produce for cooking etc. There are the soothing effects of gardening, overcoming health problems, and catering to those who suffer from a disability and stress related conditions. We have designed our garden space to make it more accessible for anyone, including with a disability. Gardening gets you out in the fresh air and sunshine, and it also helps with blood circulation. Those attending the project told us this is their main point of social contact which provides them with the important source of support. Doing a shared activity leads to the formation of friendships, friendship is an integral part of the community garden experience. Clients and volunteers described how they considered other project users to be friends and were also keen for existing friends outside the project to join. This grant would also help us repair our greenhouse and buy some key items needed for the planters. It would also help us promote it and attract more participants.
2020-09-30 • • Dundee
Family Art Club is a partnership between local people, the Steeple Church and the city’s creative community. The project aims to encourage new friendships by bringing together people who may not otherwise meet in a safe environment at this challenging time. People who may not regularly get involved in this kind of activity will have an equal opportunity to participate. Families with children of all ages will be able to attend arts based sessions within various local, easily accessible green spaces. Six creative sessions will be delivered at locations across the city including parks, grass areas and community garden spaces. With the help of professional artists each family will create their own designs inspired by nature and using natural materials such as leaves or twigs.
Children will also learn important skills in conservation through planting in pots or raised beds and litter picking. Images of the artworks will be displayed online: http://www.instagram.com/familyartclubdundee , enabling many more people to share in the positivity and contribute with pictures of their own creative endeavours! Families, friends and the wider community will be invited to an exhibition of the work at the Steeple Church next June.