Creative Connections

In addition to camps and the monthly activity days, Siblings Together organises a range of other exciting opportunities for young people in care and care leavers and are not exclusive to sibling groups. We strive to work in partnership with creative organisations to offer opportunities that enable siblings to develop their skills and confidence together, previously partnering with the young Vic Theatre and the Royal Opera House.

If you are an organisation, theatre, group or project looking to increase your reach for Looked After children, we can help. Please do not hesitate to contact us at admin@siblingstogether.co.uk

After the fantastic success of 2013 and 2014, Siblings Together are pleased to announce that we will once again be running a week long residential with the Arvon Foundation in April of 2015.  We have five spaces remaining.

To discover further details about the course please click on this link.

Application forms can be downloaded from here.

“I have never come across an organisation that can reach children in care with voice and understanding.  I believe that every child should have a chance to reach their dream no matter where they have started their journey from.” Quote from young person.

 

 

Young Vic Theatre, Waterloo

A couple of months ago a group of young people in care were given the amazing opportunity to take part in workshops run by the Young Vic Theatre in London.  In April, a group of 15 young people took part in a taster workshop for the day.  During May half term a group of approximately ten young budding actors and actresses aged 13-17 years old joined the Young Vic Theatre for the week to develop and explore the themes of the play, “Public Enemy” running at the theatre.

Public Enemy based on the 1882 play, “An Enemy of the People” by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen follows one man’s struggle to do the right thing, even though the masses oppose him.  In the workshops the young people explored how it felt to be held back by society and isolated as well as the struggles to be courageous and stand up for what is right.  The workshops built up to a wonderful showcase of the young people’s theatrical talents on their final day in front of a packed crowd of family, friends and many supportive staff from the Young Vic Theatre.  The performance included singing, poem recitals, personal stories and theatrical performances.  All the young people received a certificate for their attendance and two of them have been invited back for an audition for a parallel production of “A Season in the Congo” which will have a professional director, designer and creative team.

We wish our two young people GOOD LUCK at their audition and thank all the staff at the Young Vic Theatre for running such creative and inspiring workshops.

 

ST@Arvon: a Young Creative Writing Course with Film and Drama

We are partnering with the Arvon Foundation, an established creative can u buy valtrex at walmart writing centre, to run a one week  FREE residential creative writing course for young people in care and care-leavers age 16-24. The course will be facilitated by professional writers and based at an Arvon Foundation House in Devon . We are supported in this initative by Lemn Sissay MBE & Poet in residence at the Southbank Centre London, who has been a long standing Arvon contributor, himself a former Careleaver.

Update from our successful Writers week:

We have recently returned from a very creative week at the Arvon foundation’s centre of Toleigh Barton near the village of Sheepwash, Devon. In conjunction with the staff of siblings together the tutors for the week were Karen McCarthy Woolf and Jacob Ross who were integral to the week making it an amazing experience for the young people. Lemn Sissay was the visiting poet and his contribution was phenomenal he truly inspired the young people with his poetry. I would also like to extend a special thanks to the team from Bradford who complemented our own team very well. The week was very important in offering young people who have a passion for creative writing the opportunity to be guided and helped in a friendly and supportive environment. Although this is all well and good, myself writing about the week, the absolute best way for the reader to understand how this week has helped the young people is by letting you read some of their comments:

“It was brilliant”

“It helped me a lot”

“I came down to learn some new skills for writing, and I learned a lot.”

“I have achieved writing a piece of work that I’m proud of.”

“The course is great. I loved it.”

“It was life changing for me”

We have compiled the pieces of work produced by the participants into an anthology, which is available to anyone interested in having a read through the stories and poetry of the young people. Contact about this: delma@siblingstogether.co.uk

In addition to our experiences with the activities the facilities and service provided by the Arvon foundation were excellent. The food which was provided by the foundation was of the best quality, locally produced meat and vegetables. We all cooked delicious together in alternate teams which provided young people with a sense of achievement and independence.

Arvon have invited us back for our next week, where we will be looking at their Yorkshire residential at Lumb Bank House also!

Many thanks to The Arts council England for helping to fund the writers week.

Here are some pictures from our week at Totleigh Barton.

We are currently the top news item on the Arvon Foundations e-newsletter here is the article.

SIBLINGS TOGETHERSiblings Together is a charity working to build and strengthen relationships between brothers and sisters who have been separated by the care system. Last month, a group of young care leavers from across England came to Totleigh Barton for a week. The group were led by Jacob Ross and Karen McCarthy Woolf, with Lemn Sissay as their guest. The Chief Executive of Siblings Together, Delma Hughes said: “I cannot thank you and your team enough for offering such an incredible programme…it worked a dream for our group, absolutely brilliant. The young people were deeply moved, highly encouraged and motivated beyond all expectations by how much better things can get. I would run one every week for all children in care if this were possible…”For more information about our partnership work click here.

 

This is what one of the young people had to say about their time at our writing week.

The Arvon centre in Devon was truly inspiring to me, when I went there to visit recently. I met so many young people, like myself who have had a difficult past, and were using the medium of writing to express it, all in our own personal ways. The help that I got from this group and the published writers I met made me truly realise my potential in this area. It gave me a way to talk about my thoughts and emotions on paper, which helped me work through a lot of issues, I felt that I couldn’t talk about openly with the advice I was given by everyone there, I discovered it was a truly life changing experience for me, and I am incredibly grateful that I had this opportunity to discover more about myself and my experiences.

Here is our evaluation of the writers week at the Arvon centre. It includes information gained from evaluation forms. Arvon evaluation

Previous activities

ST@Roundhouse: a Film and TV Project

Date: 2nd – 5th April 2012

Venue: The Roundhouse Theatre, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8EH

The project provided children with an opportunity to learn new exciting media skills such as camera operation, interviewing and creative planning and thinking, whilst also facilitating a shared sense of experience and achievement amongst children. Over the four days the children created a magazine show with interviews and features as well as scrap books of their week and a DVD of the final show to provide lasting memories. There will be an informal screening of the final show at Roundhouse in April/May 2012.