Pedestrian charity

For four years, I have been employed as a freelance tutor for Pedestrian charity delivering projects spanning music, arts/crafts, writing, career development and business to manifold vulnerable groups incl. looked after children, young carers, vulnerable adults, SEND, young offenders, behaviour difficulties, hard to reach areas and more.

“Pedestrian seek to pioneer the potential of communities experiencing barriers to progression, building core skills and broadening horizons to promote a vision of a collaborative and inclusive and inclusive society.”

I worked with “T Party” a young trans group at Leicester LGBT Centre as part of “Living Legacies” a project retelling Leicester’s Heritage, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Focussing on the clock tower, I facilitated weekly writing sessions with the group. Together we assembled their scribings into a spoken word piece which they nominated me to perform in the video above!

Concept

Through Pedestrian charity, I have delivered on “Concept” with different groups including young people from the LGBT centre, looked after children and young people with SEND.

“Concept is based around a week-long studio residency with an ethos of artists and young people as collaborators and co-producers of an original EP with a shared concept, character or theme. Young people write original lyrics, make original music and record their own tracks. They then continue their artistic development over the following weeks as a bridge to regular participation. The project will be hosted at venues in Northamptonshire andย  Leicestershire.”

The above video was an interview with young people from Leicester LGBT Centre who took part in Concept. There were music compositions made about superhero cats, transitioning and a rap about America.

Soft Touch Arts

For a year, I co-facilitated “Noteable” weekly music sessions at Soft Touch Arts with vulnerable, young girls – in challenging circumstances, with extra needs, with less opportunities. Supporting a range of exploration into musicality, live instruments incl. drum kit, percussion, ukulele, guitar, digital production and lyric writing, these sessions gave space for therapeutic expression as well as being socially enjoyable. At the end of year showcase at The Shed, as well as hosting the evening, I orchestrated a live percussion ensemble and a rap duet.

“An award winning Leicestershire charity, established in 1986, we use arts, media and music activities to make positive life changes for disadvantaged young people by supporting them to develop creative, social and employability skills. We believe creativity gives young people more positive choices in their lives.”

Art Reach

As part of Art Reach: Journeys Festival International and Belarus Free Theatre New Writing Programme for Refugee and Asylum Seeker Writers, I worked with a group to support them creating written work to be shared at a showcase at Curve Theatre, Leicester. They shared stories, songs, poetry and dynamic theatre; it was a truly unforgettable, illuminating and deeply moving experience.

House of Circus

For a year and three months, I co-led “House of Circus” weekly, open-skills circus sessions at The Y Theatre, Leicester for the community engaging a multitude of locals including mental health participants, homeless youths and the wider circus community. The club’s aims: wellbeing, community, play, improve coordination and focus. Our kit stock included juggling balls, clubs, diabolos, poi, devil sticks, hula hoops, a tightrope, unicycles. We also delivered seasonal masterclasses including humorous bikes, club juggling, contact juggling, and acro-yoga. The project was kindly funded by Wellbeing Matters Fund c/o University of Leicester & Brightsparks (Arts in Health Group).

Brightsparks: Arts in Health

Facilitating arts and theatre sessions with Brightsparks Arts in Health group, I managed and delivered a project, through House of Verse, for two years running which was comprised of a course of workshops culminating in a showcase held at the Attenborough Arts Centre. As well as delivering, I managed a small team of workshop facilitators to help run the creative sessions. Mental health participants shared pieces composed of comedy, theatre, music, poetry, songs and dance.