“Don’t worry about mistakes, no-one will notice if you keep smiling!” – Carol Bowden May 2019

In her blog, Don’t worry about mistakes, no-one will notice if you keep smiling!, Carol Bowden (Programme Leader Sage Gateshead), reflects on facilitating Early Years Music Making Training training as part of our More Stuff Like This Please! Programme.

More Stuff Life This Please! is a 2-year programme, funded by Culture Bridge North East and Stockton Borough Council, delivered in partnership by ARC Stockton (lead partner), Stockton Borough Council and Blue Cabin.

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When the storm blows there are those who build shelters, and others who build wind turbines.

In his blog, When the storm blows there are those who build shelters, and others who build wind turbines, Thure Johansen, explores the grey area between the artist pedagogy tradition and the dynamic nature of social pedagogy, and how this has been an exciting and reaffirming personal and professional journey for him.

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Pieces of the Jigsaw

Through the grant we received from County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) Comic Relief Core Fund, another key area of focus for our organisation has been the ongoing development of partnerships. This has included our More Stuff Like This Please! Programme, in partnership with ARC Stockton and Stockton Borough Council. Here, Jane Gray, shares her thoughts about partnership working.

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Reinventing the Triangle

Through the grant we received from County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) Comic Relief Core Fund, another key area of focus for our organisation has been the development of the South Tyneside Programme with South Tyneside Council, Child Trauma Intervention Services, Supanaught and a thoughtful, skilled and generous group of Associate Artists. Nicola Golightly, shares her thoughts on this work and all that it means to her.

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Elephants Need Fleas

Through the grant we received from County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) Comic Relief Core Fund, another key areas of focus for our organisation is the development of new partnerships. The South Tyneside Programme is a fantastic example of this. Here, our wonderful Board Member Dawn Williams, explains more.

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Creative Care Home: Embedding into practice

I was given the opportunity to enable Harewood Hill Lodge to become a creative care home. I wanted this to develop the young people as artists in whatever field they decided and for the staff to develop themselves as arts leaders.  By becoming arts leaders they would have a ‘toolkit’ of essential resources to support the children and young people.

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Creative Care Home: Exploring our creativity - Part 2

Personally, I’ve enjoyed the creative sessions we have had as a staff group, creating the story bag of A Squash and a Squeeze, and the earlier sessions at ‘Scrap Studio Arts’ with artist Yvonne Preston. The skill of using a sewing machine still eludes me, however it was fun trying!

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Creative Care Home: Exploring our creativity - Part 1

Arts Award has made me enjoy the challenge of looking at different ways that I and other staff are able to get the young people to participate and have the opportunity of enjoying arts/music in its’ many different themes. The Arts Award has made me look at creative ways that the young people can explore art projects and have the opportunity to participate irrespective of their disabilities.

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Getting to know the children and young people

We are Linda and Katy and we are both enthusiastic about our work at a residential setting for children with learning and physical disabilities. Our role is to nurture and care for the young people who use our service so that they are able to reach their full potential. We love to support our young people to be a part of the wider community and experience events and activities across the North East…and stop for the occasional coffee, cake and burger along the way (and don’t forget the ice-cream!)

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