The P.O.I.N.T. (Providing Opportunities Inspiration and Nurture towards…)

The P.O.I.N.T. (Providing Opportunities Inspiration and Nurture towards…)

A new project for Arts Uplift CIC using film-making with adults that are unemployed or economically inactive from across Warwickshire. The brilliant EGO Performance Company will be delivering it who are very experienced and are great fun to work with too! No experience of film-making is necessary. The aim is to support people’s well-being who are out of work and not in education or training to work together to create a new short film. The course aims to improve people’s confidence and skills so that they can be supported in to employment, education or training after the course finishes.

The POINT offers the highest quality tailored training program that supports unemployed people to support themselves. Investing in them and encouraging them to take responsibility for their own future and direction. Through performance skills and production arts we offer opportunities to build confidence and self esteem, helping individuals to recognise their strengths, abilities and talent, to aim higher, set goals, and move forward into further training, education or employment. The project allows individuals to choose a pathway in the arts or non-arts sectors, it gives experience of working together, in smaller teams and individually to achieve the goal of producing a short film.

As well as gaining new skills and exploring their personal qualities the project offers individual mentoring. The activities and tasks ensure individuals will:

• Identify and break the personal barriers to getting back ‘on track’
• aim higher, explore their potential and set goals.
• improve listening and speaking skills.
• improve work ethic, punctuality and professionalism.
• improve understanding of what employers want.
• improve team work skills.
• discover talent and strengths, as well as area’s that would benefit from improvement.
• rekindle hope, drive and ambition.

This project is funded by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and supported by the Local Enterprise Partnership.

The first course starts on 8 January on Fridays from 2.30-4.30pm at Brunswick Healthy Living Centre, Leamington Spa (Currently online due to Covid-19). Travel costs can be covered for the participants.

Course 2 will start on Friday 26th February from 2.30pm-4.30pm on Zoom

Course 3 will start on Friday 23 April from 2.30pm to 4.30pm in person (Promotional video here)

To book and more information contact Jenny Davis Project Manager 07946 585978

View leaflet here 

Face to Face Course content is here 

Online course content is here 

Watch course one’s film HERE Tranquil Eyes a film for visually impaired and non visually impaired audiences. A film to help you relax and unwind.

Watch course two’s film HERE Hot Dog a short film about no surprise Hot dogs!

Watch course three’s film HERE Bants a short film about jokes!



Inside Stories 2

Inside Stories 2

Thanks to funding from Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust we will be delivering more workshops with CGL (Change Grow Live) from Coventry and Warwickshire with adults that are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction and with mental health issues. Deborah Rose will be delivering some song writing workshops online through Zoom from November 2020 and the group will create their own song that will be professionally recorded. Gavin Young will then follow on next year and will deliver creative writing to the group where they will create their own story or poem.

Click here for the leaflet

This is what the group wrote last time click here 

Click HERE to listen to the songs produced by the group- Rushed Flight of Night, Cycling in the Wilderness, A Kick in the Head, Better Way to Fight and Zoom.

Click HERE to read the stories and writing that the participants wrote whilst on the course!

Click HERE to see some feedback from some of the participants

Suitcase Stories Warwickshire Online

Suitcase Stories Warwickshire Online

Thanks to funding from Warwickshire County Council we delivered our Suitcase Stories project online to three care homes (Westlands, Anya Court and Cedar Lodge) in Rugby online through Zoom from November 2020 to May 2021 for 5 weeks each. Helen Fountain did the reminiscence work and Orchestra of the Swan played the music and encouraged people to sing along. Handling objects were provided by Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project, photographed and presented through powerpoint on Zoom. Each week the sessions had a different theme and Helen showed photos of the objects to stimulate discussions and memories. The musicians also played music to those themes. See the leaflet here.Arts Uplift CIC presents-3

The impact of the project can be read HERE



Grown Ups and Wigglers

Grown Ups and Wigglers

Grown ups and Wigglers was a fun dance and movement class for under 5’s and their parents, it was 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


Bridging The Gap

Bridging The Gap

Bridging The Gap was an intergenerational residency project between St Mary’s Primary School and sheltered housing residents from Rooftop Housing in Broadway. The aim of the project was for the young people to gather Information about WW1 and other wars from the older people and research how Broadway was connected to the wars. This was done with the help of Rhubarb Rhubarb Creatives.

Singer/songwriter Deborah Rose and Martin Riley worked with the young people to write and produce their own songs based on the research and interviews. These were performed at the school, The Court sheltered housing and the beautiful Broadway Museum and Art Gallery as part of Evesham Festival of Words. Many thanks to Rooftop Housing, Wychavon DC, Worcestershire County Council and Evesham Festival of Words for supporting the project.

Mrs Corke Year 5/6 teacher “this has been one of the best things we have done at this school. Thank you for such a fantastic few weeks”
Year 5/6 pupil “they have inspired me” (the artists)
Year 5/6 pupil “it was interesting to listen to the stories from WW1 and WW2”
Year 5/6 pupil “it was fun, it got me over a couple of fears and it was amazing being able to express myself” (about performing)
Year 5/6 pupil “one of the best mornings/afternoons ever!” (about the poetry and interviewing)
Veteran “absolutely wonderful” (about being interviewed)
Veteran, I enjoyed “being able to  convey to the children my war time experience”

The War Songs



Once upon a time
Ken got shot in the leg
He was a soldier
South Wales Borderer
2ndBattalion World War One
Brave as can be he got sent to Italy
To a war camp faraway
Every night he would pray


War is a tragedy
In the name of our majesty
War is a tragedy
In the name of our majesty
Oh war
Oh war


When he was at war
There was a deadly gas attack
Yelling, screaming, shouting, crying
Snipers, guns, exploding frags
Dead men were all around
Drowning in the haunting sounds
Rashes and blisters from the smoke
One by one the soldiers choked


Six months on Ken was missing
Presumed dead
His family mourned
A telegram filled with dread


Until one day there was a knock on the door
Ken’s coming home for good
He lays his guns down on the floor
His mother is amazed
Tears of joy she cries
My son he is alive
A miracle before our eyes
(But it doesn’t always end this way….)


My Name Is Leonard William

I was there bent double gazing straight at death
‘Twas my mate there taking his final breath
As he fell from the fire on to the ground
The laughter of the enemy was the only sound
My name is Leonard William
His name is Leonard William

I fought many battles on land and sea
13 medals of honour were given to me
And of all the places in the world that I saw
It was home my heart was longing for
My name is Leonard William

His name is Leonard William
It was 10 years later he was back on the seas
When crashing waves were lashing down on he
“Hey quick boys” he shouted as he gasped for breath
He knew he couldn’t take much more as he faced death
My name is Leonard William

His name is Leonard William
Letting go was easy as the pressure pushed down
Although he made it home to his dear old town
All his families eyes were filled with tears
Looking back he had struggled through all these years

My name was Leonard William
His name was Leonard William
My name was Leonard William
His name was Leonard William

Arts workshops for older people

Arts workshops for older people

Our artists such as Tristan Pate, Nick and Karen Ledbury, Reel Eyes, Kath Kimber McTiffin have all run great music, singing, drumming, film and dance workshops for a wide variety of care homes, day care and sheltered housing agencies. The feedback was brilliant and all have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and improved their wellbeing.