“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.

[image Ditte Elly Goard]

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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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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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