Wow, that went quick. What happened?
The leaves are changing colour as we enter into Autumn and we feel nourished as we had the opportunity to gather and spend time together and make art with the Cashback Next Steps Under Canvas Summer programme.
After a long period in lockdown and social distancing, a group of people were able to come together and hang out in a fantastic festival style tent at the front of Eden Court for the whole of the summer holidays.
The Cashback Team that was selected for this event all helped to create a relaxed, open, fun and creative atmosphere for everyone involved, offering a number of creative opportunities and experiences over the course of 3 days each week.
Everyone was a little bit nervous to begin with but this soon changed and everyone got back into catching up, making new friends and getting their hands on equipment to makes films and music together.
The atmosphere every day was buzzing. It was just what we all needed after the past 18 months or so.
Lots of ideas, lots of conversations, lots of laughing and the making of new friends.
We had a silent headphone disco, DJing, film making, music making, photography, dancing in the tent and in the Digi room.
It felt amazing and the response from everyone was great. Everyone felt that it was a good, uplifting and confidence boosting experience and from that we had a lot of the participants who have re-joined us for Cashback sessions that will run through out the year.
Barbara Brown, Young Carers Development Worker at Connecting Young Carers said:
Working with the Eden Court team this summer was superb. Our Young Carers were given the opportunity to meet up for fun and creative days, make new friends, learn new skills and get a break from their caring role. For some it was their first event since the pandemic began so really special for them.
Those who took part said it was really exciting getting to use the professional equipment for film and music sessions and it gave them the confidence to continue to explore this as an area they want to work in in the future.
The summer sessions were a great interactive and creative event for our Young Carers and we look forward to more work with the team!
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