Winter 2016/17 with Community Programmes

It’s been a busy start to the year for our Community Programmes team. With lots of local residents throwing themselves into parties, theatre trips and engaging workshops, here is a snippet of some of the community activities that were enjoyed in December 2016 and January 2017.

Seniors Party

With over 70 local seniors in attendance, several said that 2017’s Young At Heart party was the best yet. With conga lines formed and even an impromptu dance lesson taking place, it was great to see our neighbourhood room lit up with smiles. Read more about the evening here.

Conga line in full swing

Conga line in full swing

Girls’ Club 

Just before Christmas, we welcomed Synergy Theatre company for a workshop with the group. Synergy works towards rehabilitation and resettlement with prisoners, ex-prisoners and young people at risk of offending through theatre. They train ex-prisoners in drama and theatre facilitation and needed a group of young people to practice their developing skills on. It was a fun session full of games and issues relevant to young people were explored. The girls in the group expressed an interest in more sessions like this one so hopefully we can invite them down again. More recently, we have been to see musicals Wicked and School of Rock and both got the girls dancing in their seats!

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Synergy Theatre

Gorgeous Gardens

We had lots of fun making willow wreaths for our last Gorgeous Gardens community event of 2016. The group learnt how to create a frame by twisting the fresh willow and then got creative with a variety of foraged greenery and festive crafts. It was interesting to see different design styles and techniques and the finished wreaths were really beautiful. Coin Street staff were able to mingle and chat with local residents, and the festive addition of mulled wine and mince pies went down a treat. Find out more about Gorgeous Gardens 2017 programme here.

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All the ingredients for the perfect festive wreath

Youth Club

Little Dorrit and her very cool owner, Diana visited Youth Club in late January. Little Dorrit is a therapy dog and works in hospitals, care homes and schools. Diana told us all about what the job involves. Despite being a tiny dog, Dorrit had a very calming effect on the group and even the most boisterous boys remained calm and collected in her presence.

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One Youth Club member was very taken with Little Dorrit

If you would like any more information about any of our Community Programmes, get in touch with Anna on a.glarin@coinstreet.org or 020 7021 1621.