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Dancing with Dementia

We are really enjoying our ongoing project Dancing with Dementia in Brighton, encouraging older residents with dementia to stay active, and using music to trigger memories.

Thanks to the Healthy Collaboration fund through Trust for Developing Communities for this support and the Mrs A Lacy-Tate Trust for joint funding us to deliver a series of activities at Brooke Mead, a new purpose built Dementia focussed sheltered housing scheme run by BHCC in Brighton and Hove.

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ST PETER’S – PRESTON PARK WORKSHOP DATES

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We are very pleased to be commissioned by The Friends of St Peter’s – Preston Park, Brighton to deliver a series of six creative workshops at St Peter’s, Preston Park between May-September 2018.

The workshops are a key part of their HLF-funded Project Restoring the Chancel: Highlighting the 20th Century History of St Peter’s, Preston Park and are intended to engage local people around St Peter’s to:

  • Visit the church for the first time.
  • See the church as an enjoyable place to spend time.
  • Look afresh at the church and particularly the stencilling in the chancel.
  • Find out more about St Peter’s and the history of the surrounding Preston Village area.
  • Find out more about the practice and history of the art of stencilling.

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Activities:

We will deliver six creative drop-in workshops at St Peter’s on the following dates: 31st May, 24th June (Preston Village Day), 14thJuly, 31st July, 16th Aug, 8th September. Each workshop will run from 11-4pm, though the timings for 24th June, Preston Village Day, are still to be finalised.

Each workshop will focus on one core creative activity, with some simpler and/or quicker activities running alongside. The activities to be delivered at each workshop will each respond to some element of the church’s interior, exterior or history, or the creative processes embodied within the building, including stencilling, repetitive patterns, print making, mosaics, etc.

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage activities will include:

  • Block printing on paper/calico in the form of flags, pennants or large hangings.
  • Creating your own portable letterpress
  • Small mosaics
  • Other forms of printing
  • Stained glass making (using plastic)
  • Geometric pattern making with spirographs.
  • Brass rubbing

All welcome, and especially families with children up to the age of around 11. However both older/younger children can attend and the range of activities will cater for this.

Children will remain the responsibility of their parents/carers and will not be left in the care of Strike a Light.

Adult Workshop:

One of our event days on Saturday 14th July, is intended to be an adult-focussed activity and will encourage adults to try new things, so this particular date isn’t open to children.

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Strike a Light will be working alongside Hare and Humphreys, the conservators who will be undertaking the conservation of the chancel. Hare and Humphreys start work in late-May and from that time on parts of the chancel will be covered with scaffolding, obscuring some of the stencilling.

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AFFORDABLE SPACE TO RUN YOUR WORKSHOP – Special offer!

Special Offer for 2018

We will be rising our studio hire prices slightly from January 2018 to £7 per hour (from £6 ph). However if you book between now and Friday 15th December 2017 for dates in 2018, you can still get the original price.

Get in touch if you’d like to take advantage of this great offer!

https://strikealight.org/about-2/affordable-room-hire-for-workshops-and-meetings/

“Compact but well-equipped, this space is just right for small meetings. There is also a variety places to eat downstairs in the market.” Sussex Cohousing

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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 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 out limit due to room size), then get in touch!

The space is currently available for the affordable price of £6 per hour for a minimum of three hours per session.

‘We loved it!’ Brighton Housing Trust

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Dancing with Dementia update

IMG_4021Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage would like to thank the Mrs A Lacy-Tate Trust for joint funding us to deliver a series of activities at Brooke Mead, a new purpose built Dementia focussed sheltered housing scheme run by BHCC in Brighton and Hove.

The project is called Dancing with Dementia – Creating spaces for dance and movement.

This sum will make a huge difference in enabling us to develop and facilitate a programme of events for older people who will benefit immensely from this engagement.

https://strikealight.org/projects/dancing-with-dementia/

Dancing with Dementia 2018

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage is pleased to hear that we’ve been given a small grant to run a new Dancing with Dementia project in Brighton in 2018, at a new purpose built residence Brooke Mead Extra Care Housing scheme in partnership with Brighton and Hove Council.
 
The grant is from the Trust for Developing Communities – Healthy Community Fund. The sessions will start early next year and focus on people with early onset dementia, their families and scheme visitors.
 
“Dancing with Dementia is another excellent example of why Strike a Light is a truly committed community organisation. It’s not all about big grants, these local, hands-on local endeavours keep us in touch with our wonderfully diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods. Dancing is one of the best and most fun ways to communicate. I’m delighted to hear that we have been successful in our bid for support from the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund.”
Dr Sam Carroll – Strike a Light Director
“It’s fantastic for Strike A Light to be continuing our work with people living with dementia, thanks to the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund – we are pleased to be able to build on our successes in this project with new participants at Brook Mead, an exciting new development for the city.”

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CREATE YOUR OWN VISION BOARD WORKSHOP – COMING UP!

Want to set your intentions, wishes and help create your desires but in a fun, creative way?

Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage will run a creative vision board workshop on Sunday 19th November 1-4.30pm at our studio, based upstairs at the Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton.

This resourceful afternoon is a inspiring and focussed way to look at your year ahead and the life you would like to realise in the next twelve months.

The session will start with a meditative journey to set new intentions and plans, followed by a supportive and informal group involving collage and visualisation to generate your most fulfilling way forward.

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Vision boards help:

* Set and prioritise goals, values, and intentions.
* Plant goals and intentions
* Seeing a vision board regularly—with images and words representing your goals, wishes, and values—helps remind you of what you want to do, be, and have.
* Ensure that you move towards these goals, both consciously and unconsciously.

At the end of the afternoon, you will leave have a bespoke, inspiring and original vision board to display in your home and refer to regularly, as well as a clearer sense of the way forward for you into the year ahead.

£25 for the afternoon – All materials provided along with refreshments.

There is only space in the venue for 8 people so book your place soon: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-vision-board-event-focus-on-your-future-tickets-35049364593

Free Life Book making workshops this month!

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We’ll be running two free workshops making Life History books at Moulsecoomb Library in Brighton this month on 11th and 25th October 10-12pm.
Free parking and no need to book.
Come join in and make your own or make one for a family member or friend to celebrate and share their memories.
All welcome!
Thank you to East Brighton Trust for funding these sessions and to Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service for hosting the first two activities.
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Affordable space to run your workshop!

Smiling directors 2017Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage has affordable space available to rent in its’ Brighton’s Open Market based studio (mezzanine level) between 9-6pm throughout the year.
 
If you’d like 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 eight people each time, then get in touch!
 
The space is currently available for the affordable price of £6 per hour for a minimum of two hours per session.
 
The studio offers broadband, a disability access lift, WC, heating, tables and chairs as well as a kitchen area with microwave, sink with running hot and cold water, and kettle etc for refreshments. Refreshments can also be provided as an extra cost.
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
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Funding from Dementia Action Alliance

embodying-hebrew-culture-56442.jpgWe’d like to say a huge thank you to the Dementia Action Alliance and Brighton & Hove Age UK (along with Dementia Friends and the Brighton & Hove NHS Clincial Commissioning Group) for funding us to deliver activities in partnership with Jewish Care to encourage the exploration of Mazel Tov Brighton  – Tradition through Movement specifically related to the movement of Jewish culture and its’ arrival in Brighton!

We’ll be starting activities in September 2017 and they’ll run for twelve months in and around the city. These will include outings to Brighton Museum, Holland Road Synagogue, and Brighton’s Open Market, as well as a series of dance performances at Hyman Fine House Jewish care home, along with  photographic exploration of this tradition between 2017-18. We’ll keep you updated!

We’ll also be training Brighton based Jewish Care staff in reminiscence and dementia awareness so that they are able to be self sustaining and skilled in delivering activities at the Hyman Fine House centre run by the charity Jewish Care.

Thanks also to The Homity Trust for supporting us.

Get in touch if you’d like to get involved: strikealight@rocketmail.com

We’re really looking forward to it. Mazel Tov!

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Pirate puppets workshop Free!

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Bring your kids and young people (ages 7-14) for free piratical sessions on 29th August, 31st August and 1st September – each day there are two workshops at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
 
Talented puppeteer Fran Malone of Herringbone Arts will be running six Pirate Puppet making workshops for Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage at our youth arts summer residency in August.
 
Free but Booking essential.
 
Activities all take place on a floating barge in Brighton Marina.
 
Booking here:
29th August: Am – http://bit.ly/2tN4HVS  PM – http://bit.ly/2vb1yiN
31st August: AM- http://bit.ly/2eQobSw  PM-http://bit.ly/2vMZ6Ms