Rockwell Community Centre
Since July 2016 Bloomin’ Buds has been working in the Rockwell Community Center in Bradford to bring arts to a community which does not have much experience of it or the benefits that the arts can bring. To do this we have run various different weekly sessions and been involved in existing sessions to work closely with the community and develop a relationship which has grown and developed over the past year.
Fun with Drama
Our weekly drama sessions were aimed at children ages 7-11 years old, providing them with games and activities aimed at improving confidence and aspirations. Through the year we developed performances which were held as part of the Community centers own festival as a sharing to the rest of the community of the progression and work that these kids have been making through out their time with us. As the sessions have progressed we have seen increasing confidence and skills in the children evident in the work they are creating and their willingness to share this work in a public space.
Parent and baby group
We also have a parent and baby group encouraging parents with children under the age of two to come to the Rockwell Centre and take part in activities, socialise and build confidence in parenthood and accessing more opportunities. The parents from the group become involved in local events and festivals such as the summer festival, contributing to their local community and developing key skills and self esteem.
Singing for health
In addition to our work with the young people in the community we also run a weekly session for the elderly, providing fun singing sessions which allow them to express themselves in a group in a safe and fun environment. All the songs are done to the original tracks with sheets of lyrics for them to follow, there is no pressure on the participants to be able to read any sheet music or sign with any skill level. This has proven to give the participants more confidence as well as giving them a safe and engaging environment. The participants of this group also performed in our community dance of Be our guest. Check that page to find out more!