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We’ve moved!

 

As some of you may know we have been in the process of moving to a larger purpose built centre for the best part of a year. On Monday 29th July it eventually happened! (With the help of many hardworking volunteers and a big van)

We have moved from our premises in Matchborough Centre to the Matchborough East Community Centre.

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It’s June already?!

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, we have doubled our workload this year and have really struggled to find time to keep the blog up to date!

The two big projects that we have been getting off the ground this year are –  

-Support Across the Spectrum which is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and enables us to work with young people aged 15-25 who have Asperger’s to reduce social isolation.

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The hills are alive with the sound of… hard work!

One chilly Saturday morning a small team from Your Ideas Spectrum Club descended upon the Lickey Hills to help clear the heathland areas with the Lickey Hills Society.

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Another successful year at Your Ideas Redditch

Firstly we would like to wish you all a belated Happy New Year from all at Your Ideas!

Secondly we would like to share some of our highlights from 2012…

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Quick update of art works in progress!

A well overdue quick snapshot of some of the artwork that our young people are currently been working on…

-As we have not been back open long after the summer holidays we are just getting out teeth stuck into some new art projects. The main one being our next window display – as you can see we have started work on our paper mache scarecrow head an hands already.

-Long time member Lewis has started an ambitious creation using a recycled spray can.

-Other artwork includes large cartoon drawings, portraits of musicians, and tattoo inspired pieces.

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September at Your Ideas

This month has been great for indulging in obsessive compulsive behaviours whilst having a mega sort out at the project. We have spent a ridiculous amount of hours organising arts and craft materials and resources into easy to find storage. This was incredibly laborious but massively pleasing! Can’t wait for our groups to get stuck in to making some amazing artwork.

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Long overdue update from Your Ideas

We are now back in the centre after a well needed summer break.

It was slightly manic before we broke up for summer as always, especially with the end of term trips for each group. The photos are too good not to share though so I will do a belated post soon.

Over the summer we have had a few big changes to the project with the school group ceasing for the meantime as the school is going through big changes as it becomes an academy.

Our With It Group for residents aged over 50 has been successfully handed over to Alan Walker who will now be running the group. The group will continue on the same day and will still run from our centre.

Our ever popular Art Club for local youngsters will continue to run as usual with the youngsters having the opportunity to create art work to be displayed at the newly refurbished Abbey Stadium, or try their hand at creating something truly terrifying for our notorious Halloween window display.

During our closure a team of volunteers snuck in and decorated the toilets and paint room which was in dire need of some work as they were dark and miserable! I’d like to thank Ryan Edwards, Jordan Cooke, Mick Fitzgerald, Richard Underwood and Michael Fitzgerald for giving up their time, skills and materials to help out.

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As always we are waiting to hear back from various funders that we have applied for funding from so we are excited and nervous to see how that will shape the future of the project and how we develop. Cross your fingers and toes for us and we will update when we hear more!

With great changes to youth provision in Redditch due to the massive cuts in the statutory centre we are sad to hear that  2 of the 3 council run youth centres have now closed and the decision on the third is still up in the air. This has put a massive dent in Redditch youth provision which makes it ever more interesting to see how the Worcestershire County Council will choose to spend the small amount of money left allocated to commission young peoples services. Fingers crossed we are successful on our bid!

Think that is all for now, thanks for reading 🙂

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Breaking News – Firefit Eggstravaganza Final Total

Our Fire Fit Health Challenge on March 9th was a raging success as you will know if you have been following our blog (see links below).

As you may know we received generous donations from local shops, residents and well wishers on the day of which every penny is to be used at Your Ideas to fund our work with the local community.

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About Me – Nathan Russell

It’s about time we introduced you to another one of our amazing members who help make Your Ideas Redditch great! Nathan is our second member to answer a few questions about what he thinks of Your Ideas.

Hello my name is Nathan and I am 13 years old and I live in Redditch and have been coming to Your Ideas since it opened.

What I have done here – I have done loads of art work here, like a model head and spray painting and painting canvasses. 

What I like about Your Ideas – You help the community and its fun and you get to go on trips. 

Why I come here – Its fun and you get to do loads of different activities.

If I could change something about Your Ideas it would be -Nothing I wouldn’t change nothing. 

As he is a man of few words I have dug out photographs of Nathan since he started with us so you can see a snapshot of what he has been a part of with us. Enjoy!

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Core to the way we work is listening to the people we work with and those we help. We believe everyone should have a voice so its great when we get a piece to put on the Blog. But remember the opinions here are those of the person and they don’t necessarily reflect Your Ideas’s policies or views.

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Easter Art Club Bonanza

So we are back in the centre after the madness of our Easter holiday art sessions, after a big tidy and sort out we are back to some sort of normality!

Our Easter art sessions comprised of 3 consecutive days of art activities with local youngsters to create masterpieces for our upcoming display as funded by Grants for Arts.

Artist Rich Inwood shared his graffiti skills with the youngsters by constructing a huge mural using 4 large boards, copious amounts of paint and lots of time.

As you can imagine the centre looked like it had been hit by a colourful tornado by the end of the week and we had created some incredible work. Over 300 photos were taken as the camera was passed around the centre over the 3 days, check out the slideshow below to see what we got up to…

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First of the Wish List orders to arrive!

Christmas came early this year- March in fact, when we received a 20 box strong order of art materials from Seawhite of Brighton. I have uploaded a few photo’s of the order in a slideshow, it’s not even all of what we received so you can imagine how much turned up!

If you have been following our blog you will remember hearing about a generous donor that came forward to fund plenty of lovely resources for our project.

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“Find out what kids are good at. It will change their lives”

If you haven’t already seen or heard British rapper Plan B’s speech at TEDxObserver this month then now is your chance. We watched it at ‘Your Ideas’ last week and were inspired by his honesty and enthusiasm to help youngsters in need.

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Thank you from all at Your Ideas Redditch!

Just a quick THANKYOU!! for reading our blog, the feedback so far has been incredible.

Already we have clocked up over 1000 hits on our site!!

It is lovely to know that people are taking time to see what we are up to and we really do appreciate it.

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Art Attack – 3D Special!

Check out our slideshow showcasing some of our 3D art work created at our centre in Matchborough. From tiny clay pieces to mannequins I think you will agree they are very impressive. Continue reading

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Art-angel Gabriel of Matchborough

The last few weeks have been busy for our Arrow Vale students as they have been working hard to recycle an old mannequin into an art-angel at ‘Your Ideas’.

It all started with a mannequin from the Worcester Resource Exchange…

  • We then sanded the mannequin down and spray painted it metallic gold.
  • Then came the blue and gold beaded highlighted hair and the tribal-esque tattoo on his upper back.
  • His chest was then embellished with coins from a mix of different countries (some were eyed up by local youngsters thinking they could use them at the local chippy!).
  • We then started a patterned tattoo leg sleeve to add to his eclectic look.
  • A visit from artist Callum Marshall gave Gabriel an incredible set of life size wings using wood, wire, cling film and tissue paper.
  • The next stage will be to paper mache the wings, spray paint them gold and add designs on them. Then we will work on covering the rest of his body.

I’m sure you will agree that he is already an impressive addition to our project, we can’t wait to see him finished so we can display him in our window for all of Matchborough to see!

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