Have a Go

an arts club and research project with foster carers and their children

26 June 2012

Posted by Ann Wilson

Have a Go! in Maryport

On Saturday 23 June, we held our first full day Have a Go! session for foster parents and children in Maryport.  We were very pleased with the amount of people that came along to take part and despite the floods, high wind and traffic chaos; most of them were with us all day.  The project is aimed towards 7-11 yr olds but we welcomed young people out of that age range as well due to varying circumstances. 23 young people, 15 Foster carers, 2 social workers, a participation officer and 4 artists attended.

We started the day with a name game, we filled in some evaluation tools, drew some pictures and then went into groups.  A group went to make wooden spoon puppets, others worked on film and green screen, a group of girls formed “Only Girls Aloud” singing group, others started making tracks on garageband and a couple of lads let rip on the electric guitar.  Pretty soon there was a song about biscuits featuring uke and tambourine, Adele songs were being belted out, a boy turned into Superman on film flying through the air and spoon characters started to join in the fun too. 

In the afternoon felt teddy bears were made, a fly on the wall type documentary was edited together, garageband beats turned into complex tunes, there was a song about a rock band and we all had time to share what we had made.  We gathered comments about the day “It was great”  “The fact the whole family could come was brilliant”  “These are great memories”  “At the beginning he thought he couldn’t do it but look what he’s made” There was a lot of laughter, smiles and rounds of applause.  Some fantastic art was performed and displayed but best of all the young people left feeling very proud and looking forward to the next session.

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"With the young people having a history of being in care there is an awful lot they miss out on in their own communities – I’ve seen them shine here, they have produced really deep work"

Participation Officer, Children's Services