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.
…A series of short Digital Stories produced by members of Your Ideas Redditch on the subject of Sex and Relationships.
As some of you may already know we received funding from Worcestershires Health Improvement Fund to increase opportunities for local youngsters to take part in positive activities. This enabled us to run taster sessions with young people doing graffiti, sports, art, games and much more. We incorporated Sex and Relationships Education into these fun activities and additionally created our own SRE resource in the form of a DVD with film maker Chris Bradley.
The DVD resource holds 3 short Digital Stories, each an incredibly open, brutally honest and deeply intimate interview with 3 of our members looking at their opinions on Sex and Relationships. Aimed at youngsters it is the perfect antidote to the often cliche’ ‘how to wear a condom’ and ‘don’t have sex until you are at least 40’ style DVD’s created for the under 16 market.
Instead of giving ready formed polished opinions and facts to the audience, it will challenge them to form their own opinions. The aim is to use the DVD as a discussion point to encourage youngsters to talk openly about Sex and Relationships in safe, nonjudgemental environment with adults and or peers that they trust.
We are currently planning the next steps of how we are going to develop and distribute the resource so look out for updates!
For more information contact Kayleigh or Pauline on 01527 502624 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
As you may of heard in previous posts, two of our awesome regulars applied for a community cash award from the Prince’s Trust to work with other local youngsters, they named the project ‘Fix Up Look Sharp’.
This funding came from the Ben Kinsella Trust who are working in partnership to support youngsters aged 14-25 to set up their own project to help promote anti-gun, knife and gang violence messages to their local community. Our young people are running a series of workshops creating planters and other wooden goodies to be donated to Noahs Ark Nursery in Matchborough. They wanted to promote positive activities for young people while raising awareness of the reality of gun and knife crime in the UK and the affect it has on young peoples lives.
Risk assessing ready for the sessions!
3 of our brilliant youngsters attended the Worcestershire Young Advisor Training Day on the 20th May at Upton Warren, this meant an early morning wake up call of 9.30am on a Sunday morning, ouch!
The morning involved learning about the commissioning of positive activities money in Redditch for young people. One of the activities was to list all the problems in their local areas…
They then had to look at how to solve these problems with the commissioning money available. We were so proud of our youngsters as they thought of very valid problems and some excellent solutions, not bad for a sunday 😉
So our beautiful Art Angel Gabriel is nearing completion after the gold spraying of his wings this week thanks to Jez from our Arrow Vale group.
He is also sporting some very abstract and glamourous underwear which we are sure will soon be seen on catwalks around the world!
All he needs now is some more sparkly detail on his wings to make him even more amazing and he will be ready to be displayed as part of our Art Club exhibition in a public display space in Redditch. We can’t wait!
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.
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!
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.
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…
We thought we would treat you to an insight into our Spectrum Club world using photographs from a session on March 29th.
The Spectrum Club is currently funded by Children In Need (big thank you to anyone who donates) and is for youngsters diagnosed with Aspergers. On the surface it is merely a youth club session for those with Aspergers, but for the members and their families it is much more .
The end of term for the Art Club can only mean one thing… time for a reward trip for their hard work at Your Ideas.
As there is no funding available through the Art Club grant for reward trips, we have to find something fun but cheap! Luckily for us the staff at the Hollywood Bowl in Great Park Rubery were very accommodating and offered us a great group discount for our visit. Continue reading
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.
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.
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.