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Grown Ups and Wigglers

Grown ups and Wigglers is a fun dance and movement class for under 5’s and their parents, it is fully inclusive. The idea is that the class strengthens the bond between the parent and toddler and develops the toddlers co-ordination, and balance as well as the parent taking gentle exercise and keeping fit. There is a short refreshment break to enable the parents/carers to socialise and share stories.

We received funding from Wychavon District Council and Vale of Evesham Network of Artists to run three of these classes in Evesham, Pershore and Droitwich Spa. Classes also ran at Cherry Orchard 1st School, Inkberrow 1st School and Bengeworth 1st School on a Friday after school.

We also received funding from Rugby Borough Council to run a pilot Grown Ups and Wigglers in Rugby for seven sessions at Rugby art gallery and museum! They were on Friday’s from 10 February 2017 from 10-11am for £3.50 per session (£1.50 concessions). Additional support was available for children with additional needs from Entrust Care Partnership. We have been lucky enough to get more funding from Health Thrive, the Health Lottery. The classes are on a Friday morning from 10am to 11am at Rugby Baptist Church and costs £1 per family per week.

Also Arts Council England and Warwick and Leamington District Council also gave us funding to run some more of these classes in Warwick and Stratford Upon Avon on Mondays (St Paul’s church, Warwick 10-11am) and Fridays (Tyler House, Stratford Upon Avon 9.30-10.30am). £3.50 per session (£1.50 concussions). Additional support was available for children with additional needs from Entrust Care Partnership. The sessions were run by Kath Kimber-McTiffin from Wriggle Dance Theatre.

Please follow this link to to see our short film

https://youtu.be/C2t36AHBLc4

For more information and to keep up to date with Grown Ups and Wigglers www.facebook.com/grownupsandwigglers 

SUITCASE STORIES 2

Suitcase Stories 2 is an 18 month reminiscence and music project for people living with dementia and their carers in the Wyre Forest, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wychavon districts running from November 2018 to March 2020.

During the life of the project there will be 63 fortnightly community sessions in Evesham, Kidderminster and Redditch at museums and community centres, 60 sessions in care homes, 12 monthly music workshops at The Artrix in Bromsgrove, CPD training for the lead artists, mentoring for 3 students or early career musicians and a symposium in March 2020 for the arts, health and museum sector.

The artists are Heather Wastie, Deborah Rose and Tristan Pate. They will each compose at least three new songs from the reminiscences which will be recorded and available online. They will also perform them at 3 dementia cafes and at the symposium. A short documentary film will also be made to help evaluate the project alongside a full evaluation of the outcomes of the project.

The fortnightly sessions will be Monday’s at The Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster 10.30am-12.30pm, Forge Mill Museum, Redditch Monday’s 2.30pm-4.30pm and Wallace House Community Centre Fridays 10.30am to 12.30pm. £2.50 a session (to include refreshments) community sessions leaflet

The monthly sessions will be the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 2.45pm costs £2.50 a session (to include refreshments)Music Dementia Workshops leaflet 2018

All sessions must be accompanied by a carer or family member.

We are looking for 3 music students or early career musicians to be mentored by the lead artists for 4 month periods, so if you are interested in community music and working with people living with dementia in a care home or community setting get in touch. More information is here mentoring advert

Also we are looking for people to volunteer at our monthly sessions and at Evesham Wallace House. Contact Jenny or more information.Volunteer job description

This project is generously funded by Arts Council, Elmley Foundation, Bransford Trust, Wyre Forest District Council, Redditch Borough Council, Bromsgrove District Council, Worcestershire County Council, Wyre Forest Legion Trust, John Martins Trust and Museums Worcestershire.

If you want further information contact Jenny Davis, Project Manager  jenny@artsuplift.co.uk 07946 585978