Let's Celebrate

Lets Celebrate provided a programme of creative workshops to residents of Streonshalh Ward, Whitby.

A series of full day early summer workshops involved local residents in a range of art and craft activities including banner making and costumes which led to the Green Lane centre entering the Whitby Regatta Carnival Parade.

A series of workshops for local play workers and parents, developed their skills in the build up to a large scale celebratory event to take the form of a Halloween Party. Play workers and volunteers learned costume making and face painting skills and during the half term young people were assisted by the volunteers and artists to create their own Halloween outfits. In addition the artists demonstrated a variety of craft techniques, working with young people, parents, play workers and volunteers to decorate the Green Lane Centre to create an elaborately decorated environment. These activities were enhanced with story telling and drama workshops.

Workshops which were particularly successful include a photography session where participants took family photographs. This was followed by a creative IT session to turn the family portraits into Christmas Cards and Calendars, and Jewellery making workshops which ran for 10 weeks.

Let's Celebrate was invited to run workshops at other local celebratory event such as craft activities at a Summer Fair run by the Green Lane Fundraisers, Digital Photography and Jewellery at the Ladies Night organised by the Time Out Women's Group and the Credit Union and wood carving and circus skills at the Calla Beck Conservation Groups Family Fun Day. It has also supported the Endeavour Fun Club and the Green Lane Young Peoples Project with craft activities.

As a final and lasting celebratory statement Let's Celebrate produced a DVD celebrating the lives of local people, illustrating their interests, views and reflections, anecdotes and reminiscences. This element of Let's Celebrate involved residents in a new media project.

It offered people the opportunity to speak to a wider audience about their lives, involving people from various local projects, including parents, friends and relatives of the young people attending the Green Lane youth sessions as well as members of the Time Out Women's Group and St Peters Court Salvation Army Centre.

This film is the culmination of a successful project which has engaged a diverse range of residents in a quality programme of creative activities. The programme offered residents the opportunity to experience a range of creative techniques and to develop new skills. It helped to develop the confidence, team working and communication skills of participants while strengthening community relations and providing intergenerational social opportunities.