Latest news: AUTUMN 2017 UPDATE

DIY AGM

Thank you to everyone who came along to DIY’s AGM on Tuesday 26th September at 1 pm at The Angel Centre.

The AGM went well. We tried out a new way of presenting our Annual Report. We got our message across about what we were doing in 2016 by doing presentations about all our activities – including our Following the Thread show, DIY Buds and all the workshops we did in schools. As a way of remembering the work we did with Sara Cocker David taught everybody a song called “Hello Summertime” by Bobby Goldsboro and Charlotte and Joanne taught the actions to the song.

We also did voting for our Board and we had refreshments.

GIVE ME SPACE!

DIY Theatre Company is working on our show “Give Me Space!” which will tour ten Special Schools across the region during 2018. We have done lots of experimenting with the props we have created with Nerissa Cargill Thompson and we are really looking forward to working with professional musicians Eve Harrison and Hannah McCabe during the Autumn to build live music into the show.

Alongside performances, DIY will also be running Discover Arts Award projects based on the themes in the show with young people with PMLD. We will also be setting up some training opportunities for practitioners interested in working with young people with learning disabilities. 2018 promises to be a really exciting year!

FRIDAY GROUP

DIY’s Friday Group meets all day on Fridays at The Angel Centre.

We have been very busy this term planning for some new projects. We have been planning for DIY Buds on Thursdays at Langworthy Cornerstone and for a new project with You Can Community Club which will be running on Thursday evenings at the Deans Centre. We have been checking how many hours we have been volunteering, for our 100 hours Volunteering Awards.

DIY BUDS

DIY BUDS is a drama group for adults with learning disabilities, which runs at Langworthy Cornerstone every Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm.

In the past we have done plays about ‘holidays’ and ‘weddings’. This term our theme is ‘communication’. We have done a paper challenge, where we all had to create different characters. Some of the characters were a king, a queen, an old man, a witch and some pirates. We are working towards a performance in 2018.

SOUNDTRACKS

DIY‘s “Soundtracks 1” course has been meeting weekly on Thursday mornings at Langworthy Cornerstone.

We have been using our voices and instruments in different ways and we have been singing songs. “High Hopes” is one of the songs we have learnt. We have been using props and our bodies to create characters and we have also been writing in our files. We are looking forward to working with musicians and sound recording artists to make our characters into a sound-track.

DIY’s courses are supported by Salford Community Learning Trust. We will be announcing our courses for 2018 soon. Watch this space for further details.

ARTS AWARD TRAINING

Forthcoming Arts Award Adviser Training courses being run by DIY Theatre Company are listed below. All training will take place at Langworthy Cornerstone, Salford. To book onto Arts Award Adviser Training, go to www.artsaward.org.uk

Discover & Explore Arts Award Adviser Training (half day):

These courses run from 9-30 am to 12-30 pm.

Thursday 30th November 2017.

Thursday 1st February 2018

Wednesday 21st March 2018.

Thursday 24th May 2018 (SEN focus)

Thursday 5th July 2018.

Bronze & Silver Arts Award Adviser Training (full day):

These courses run from 10 am to 4-30 pm.

Thursday 7th December 2017 (SEN focus)

Thursday 8th February.2018

Thursday 29th March 2018.

Thursday 26th April 2018.

Thursday 12th July 2018 (SEN focus)

Thursday 27th September 2018.

Arts Award Support Surgeries:

DIY’s Arts Award Support Surgeries are free and open to anyone who has trained as an Arts Award Adviser, at any level, and would like to access some free support. The aims are to refresh advisers’ knowledge and explore a range of different ways of developing the Arts Award in your setting. Upcoming Support Surgeries are:

  • Wednesday 14 March 2018 3 – 5.30 – with a focus on access and inclusion

To book onto a Support Surgery or request a one-to-one support visit, go to www.artsaward.org.uk

OTHER NEWS

Oakwood Academy Careers and Transition Convention

Angela and Jen went to this event on Wednesday 4th October at Oakwood Academy. We took some brochures and enticed people to come over. We talked to them and some of them were interested in joining DIY.

Cosmic Scallies at The Royal Exchange

On Tuesday 3 October DIY organised a trip to see Cosmic Scallies by Graeae Theatre Company at The Royal Exchange.

Most of us thought it was fantastic. Sharron enjoyed it all the way through. It was a special kind of performance called a relaxed performance and she really liked the presentation the actors did at the beginning to set it all up. She thought it was good that people mentioned all kinds of disability. Anna liked the scene where the actors were sitting in the dark with fairy lights round their necks. Some of us thought it was frightening when the lights went out and the actors were banging things.