An innovative new collaboration between Ideas Test, Swale CVS and ourselves is set to help teenagers in Swale boost their wellbeing.
Ideas Test and Swale CVS are offering an exciting programme of free taster sessions and workshops through autumn as part of Kent County Council’s Six Ways to Wellbeing campaign. The events will explore how getting involved with something creative can improve health and wellbeing. If you’re a young person (age 13-19 or 25 SEN) and live in Swale, this is your chance to have fun with poetry and spoken word, both writing and performing.
We’re delighted that the brilliant and exuberant Dan Simpson is with us to run poetry and spoken word sessions, which will culminate in a short performance at a finale of the whole project. He kicked off the entire Ideas Test Six Ways project by crowdsourcing a Wellbeing poem, which will be on line soon.
The first of the LitFest hosted sessions was Capturing Stories – a digital storytelling workshop by Jaye to make the most of smart phones or tablets when attending events. Covering the basics of Twitter, Vine, Audio Boom and Storify, this session will help the participants capture and document their activities across all the different sessions they take part in, aiding them in their quest to obtain a Bronze Arts Award by having an easily accessible digital archive. Blogging will also be covered. (This and ‘Captured Stories’ are also available for those not doing an Arts Award or taking part in other sessions).
The remaining workshop dates are as follows:
- Saturday 15/11 11am – 3pm Poetry/Spoken Word. Sheerness County Youth Centre
- Monday 17/11 5pm – 7.30pm Poetry/Spoken Word West Faversham Community Centre (disability group/all welcome)
- Saturday 29/11 11am – 4pm Poetry/Spoken Word. Phoenix House, Sittingbourne (open workshop and final rehearsal)
- Saturday 6/12 6pm – 8pm Finale Performance Avenue Theatre, Sittingbourne
- Saturday 13/12 12noon – 2pm Captured Stories. Pulse Café, Sittingbourne
The finale performance will include activity from the other partners in the project overall. See the Ideas Test website for more information.
The ‘Captured Stories’ session on 13/12 will bring together and share all the media surrounding the project.
All sessions are completely free to attend and you can book on line here or by calling 07713 865955. Cassy will be delighted to send you all the information you need to know. Please note that photography and other media will be shared on line and in promotional material.
Read more about the Six Ways to Wellbeing on our dedicated page here.