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Silver Foxes reminiscence group

Silver Foxes projectOur reminiscence group Silver Foxes (aimed at older people)continues and welcomes new participants.

The group will be based at Brooke Mead Sheltered Housing Scheme in Brighton  but is open to anyone over 60 years of age.

The group meets on Tuesdays every week from 11-12pm.

We will be exploring life memories, local history, trying new activities including boccia, table tennis and chair yoga to encourage participants to try new things, improve their memories and meet new people – oh and tea and biscuits of course!

We’d like to thank our funders for supporting this who are the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund through the Trust for Developing Community, and The Boost Charitable Trust. Thanks to both of these for helping to make this happen, and to Brighton and Hove City Council for in-kind support including the venue.

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To keep up to date with Strike a Light’s free activities:

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Email: strikealight@rocketmail.com
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or drop in to our venue – Studio 8, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU.

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Reminiscence for West Sussex

Reminiscence Training Day

Training

We’re working with two new clients this spring, both in West Sussex to deliver bespoke reminiscence training to staff and volunteers in the area. The first is with Arundel Museum for their ‘Reaching Out’ project.

The second will be delivering five training days at different libraries for the West Sussex Libraries Service between March and May 2019. 

If your organisation would like to access training tailored specifically for your staff or participants, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch for a quote!

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Trailblazers – Half Term Workshops

Trailblazers Activites.pngStrike a Light – Arts & Heritage will be running a drop in free families creative workshop at Brighton Open Market with an artist facilitator, during half term week

The session takes place in the main market area, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU on Thursday 21st February 1-3pm

This event is aimed at children and families from ages 6 upwards.

Participants visiting this activity will make individual commemorative faux stained glass pieces of artwork which celebrate local Sussex women and their contribution to local life and history.

Come along and join in. No need to book!

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Rise & View Krew

39270450_1870369973029850_1661127173513150464_nWe are really pleased that Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage has been awarded funding to set up a new group and to deliver holiday club activities with young residents of the Saunders Park area of Brighton.

The group will be call the Rise & View Krew after the names of the local streets – Saunders Park View and Saunders Park Rise and will be free and open to accompanied children ages 5-11.

The sessions will take place during the Easter holidays and summer holidays in April and August 2019. We aim for there to be ten three hour sessions offering a variety of creative activities along with a health snack.

Activities will include the following:

  • Calico print making and flags
  • Faux stained glass
  • Clay makes
  • Mosaic creation

We will encourage young participants to try new pursuits and acquire new skills, whilst meeting friends and accessing dedicated facilitation from staff and freelancers at Strike a Light to support this.

There are currently no other groups for children in Saunders Park, and we would like to encourage a group to start and grow (to publicise activities and also to create more in-kind support with parental help).

We aim to show that even with limited time and
funds; it is still achievable to set up a group offering educational, nurturing, sustainable and enjoyable activities whilst factoring in healthy eating, cooperative play, sharing, and healthy living. This is in addition to supporting families and especially isolated mums.

We have in-kind support from Trust for Developing Communities- Hollingdean and Saunders Park who are committed to providing a free space to develop activities for children and families in the area at the United Reform Church on the corner of Lewes Road and Saunders Park Rise, as the only venue in the area to deliver sessions.

20180816_153010This group development we believe encourages more families to join in community activities. We will do this through the development of inclusive and participatory activities and events for children.

This will include a programme of sessions which incorporate learning age appropriate new skills such as print making, stained glass, clay sessions. These sessions will incorporate numeracy and literacy to support learning.

We will generate participation through promoting the group’s activities through posters publicising our sessions, a Rise & View Krew Facebook Group, sharing the information about the group’s activities on local area Facebook groups including the Saunders Park Community Noticeboard, and Trust for Developing Communities Hollingdean and Saunders 
Park, as well as a Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage project page on our website.

We will also encourage word of mouth promotion, and our partner TDC has pledged to print leaflets to support promotion of this to residents through letter boxes.

To find out more, please contact strikealight@rocketmail.com

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Two Day Reminiscence Training Course – Brighton

Two Day Reminiscence Training Course – Brighton

This two day training course based at Strike a Light‘s studio in Brighton takes place on 13th and 14th March 2018 (10am-4pm).

It offers an overview of reminiscence work, including the background to the subject and will consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen. We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

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By the end of the course, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

The training days will offer a more expanded exploration of reminiscence work. It will include a detailed background to the subject and consider the benefits to be derived by both the people who reminisce and those who listen.

We will explore a wide variety of reminiscence activities, which can be used to trigger personal memories and help a group to work well together.

The days will be interspersed with opportunities for the group to experience reminiscence activities, and group members will be encouraged throughout to contribute their own experience and ideas.

By the end of the training, participants will have gained insight into what reminiscence is as a structured activity, and how it can be successfully and productively carried out.

A free training pack with resources for each participant is provided as part of the course.

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BENEFITS OF REMINISCENCE
Stimulates social interaction and communication
Reduces the feeling of isolation
Shares and captures family and local history
Increases feeling of self-worth
Helps keep the mind stimulated
Allows participants to reflect on past and present
An enjoyable experience
Builds confidence
Generates community and support

PARTICIPANT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Share ideas with training group
Use resources, photos and artefacts in reminiscence delivery
Increased confidence in delivery of activities
Group working skills
Awareness of the effects of dementia

Two day training (Per person): £160 organisations/£120 Individuals

Please email: strikealight@rocketmail.com or call 07727 006538 to book the course.

Event address:
Strike a Light-Arts & Heritage
Studio 8
Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row
Brighton BN1 4JU

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Trailblazers project starts!

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve received funding from the Big Ideas Co to deliver a project called Trailblazers, celebrating women’s achievements locally over the past 100 years.

We’ll be offering activities in the Brighton and Hove area between now and March 2019 to bring us up to International Women’s Day on 8th March 2019.

One hundred years since women gained the right to vote we launched Trailblazers: World War One’s Inspirational Women – This is part of a nationwide project about inspirational women and their impact on the societies around them.

Trailblazers encourages young people to explore the incredible lives of women, to discover Trailblazing women in your locality, and to develop as future Trailblazers.

We’ll be delivering activities across the city starting in January 2019 and will post details of open drop in sessions this week.

We will work with the following:

  • Fairlight Primary School, Brighton
  • Brighton Open Market,
  • Memories Past group, Portslade
  • Brooke Mead Dementia Residence
  • Hyman Fine House Jewish Care home
  • Isabel Blackman centre, St Leonards
  • United Reform Church, Brighton
  • Hastings Library
  • Strike a Light studio drop in half term activities
  • Jubilee Library, Brighton

We will make individual commemorative faux stained glass pieces of artwork with each participant which celebrate local women as Trailblazers and their contribution to Sussex life and history as well as commemorating untold achievements and raising awareness of the significant battles women have made to make life easier for other girls and women following them.

We will share and promote all our session and activities through our website and online through social media.

Want to get involved? Tell us who your Trailblazers are in Brighton and Hove!

Share your stories with us on social media using #Women100 and tell us who your trailblazer is with #Trailblazers.

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Supported by Big Ideas and the Remember Together project which is funded by Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) with additional funding for select projects to work in the Home Nations from RAF100, through the Chancellor using LIBOR funds, and a National Lottery grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

 

That’s all for 2018!

christmasStrike a Light – Arts & Heritage is bowing out until the new year to have a well earned break.

Thank you to everyone who’s been involved with our activities and projects in 2018, whether through being a participant, a volunteer, a freelancer, a director or attending a course. It’s been great to work with you all and we’ve very much enjoyed it!

We’ll be back from 4th January 2019 with lots of new events, and look forward to seeing you then.

Room booking – Special Christmas offer!

IMG_4011.JPGStrike a Light – Arts & Heritage has a special Christmas offer for room bookings for our central Brighton studio.
Book between today and 21st December for dates in 2019 and you will get the 2018 rate for a session of £7 per hour.
From 22nd December 2018, our booking rate rises to £7.50 per hour, so make some savings whilst you can!

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage has affordable space available to rent in its’ Brighton’s Open Market based studio (mezzanine level) between 9-6pm weekdays and weekends throughout the year.

If you’d like a cosy, central Brighton space to try out a new workshop activity, run training sessions, access hot desk space space, or to run a regular creative session for up to ten people each time (that’s our limit due to room size), then get in touch!

The space is currently available for the affordable price of £7 per hour for a minimum of three hours per session until 21st December 2018.  This rate becomes £7.50 per hour from 22nd December 2018.

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If you would like to find out more about this facility or view the space, please contact the Creative Director of Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage: strikealight@rocketmail.com / 07727006538

Affordable Room Hire for workshops and meetings

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Free drop in families puppet making session at Jubilee Library – Sunday 25th November

4D6861CD-F3FA-46D9-AB05-0369B6305770Free drop in families puppet making session (Ages 5 +) – The Unremembered Project

This free workshop takes place at Jubilee Library from 11am-1pm on Sunday 25th November.

Venue address: Jubilee Library, Jubilee Square, Brighton 

We’ll be exploring the theme of The Unremembered in World War I in a child friendly way. Come join us!

See more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/256086941925313/

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is delivering free families workshops in October and November 2018 in venues across Brighton and Hove to look at the theme of The Unremembered – commemorating the Labour Corps service personnel in World War I.

With support from creative facilitators, we’ll be creating articulated puppets on templates designed, created and compiled by children.

We will be using fabric scraps, wrapping paper and wall paper to create overlaid uniforms for these puppets and to bring them to life.

marionetteA sample of the articulate puppets we’ll be making in our workshop, popular during World War One. We’ll be making simplified and much less militaristic versions of the image.

The puppet theme for this project is two-fold – An engaging and accessible way to teach young people and community groups who are unaware of this lost period of history about the Labour Corps, and also puppets as a symbol for the role of the Labour Corps in terms of having no control over their work or location, that they were moved around like mules and treated as such.

This will help to remember some of the soldiers who served with the Labour Corps and their link with Sussex and draw this forgotten history into the light.

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We’re pleased to have been commissioned to become a hub in Brighton and Hove by the Big Ideas Company to develop activities with local community groups to explore the history of the Labour Corps – service personnel during World War I, and often forgotten in this part of history.