During the 2018 / 19 academic year we funded a number of service to providers to deliver enrichment activities during weekends and evenings. These included:
Culture Shift made a creative space at schools where children developed creative skills, experienced a wide range of activities, built confidence and self-esteem through the commitment and achievement, developed curiosity, problem solving and collaborative working skills. The 8-week programme was supplemented with holiday workshops in local community centres and town centre cultural venues.
During 2018, local cinema Electric Palace ran a Hastings Young Film Programmers’ project for 16 – 19 year olds offering them cultural experience in cinema programming and event management.
In2Play ran a 10-week Forest School programme of evening sessions for children aged 10-14 years living in Hastings. The programme provided interesting, stimulating, hands-on outdoor experiences to develop self-esteem, confidence, independence and responsibility.
Techresort delivered evening and weekend courses for young people on digital skills from making a game, to a website, to coding or shooting and editing a film etc.
Active Hastings worked across 4 community venues based directly in key target neighbourhoods. They engaged with the police and the schools to reach those children that were not currently attending a school or struggling within their community with various issues. Sessions included youth neighbourhood voice events, new skills like boxing, self-defence, street dance, bake off, yoga and how to make messy play activities at home. Local trips to places such as the aquarium or fire station, and courses were delivered in first aid, food hygiene and financial capability. Trips at the end of term to places such as Bedgebury and indoor trampoline parks also took place for those participants who have regularly attended and earned certificates.
The Jerwood Gallery
This project was an after-school ‘Youth Group’, with artist practitioner and gallery-driven activities and sessions delivered in the gallery. It focused on developing essential life and employability skills, as well as offering young people the opportunity to make the gallery their creative home in Hastings. Over the course of the project the participants developed a sense of ownership and entitlement in the space, through regular and meaningful interactions with staff, artists and volunteers. Their work was also exhibited in the studio and spaces across the gallery.
This project worked with groups of young people in year groups 3-5, delivering 6 week courses in 6 schools around Horntye: St Pauls, Christ Church, St Mary Star of the Sea, Hollington, Silverdale and Robsack Wood. The project introduced students to cricket and invited the most enthusiastic ones to come to join the club colts’ sessions in the summer.
Hofesh Shechter Company
In summer 2019, the nationally-acclaimed dance company ran a series of dance and after school workshops for secondary school students in Hastings. The course included 2 hour weekly workshops for 8 weeks, with 4 full day training sessions and 5 intensive sessions, as well as an innovative collaboration with Source Park which saw dancers experiment in the BMX park itself. The attendees performed their work in front of a live audience at Hastings Academy.
Albion in the Community
Albion in the Community extended its successful summer community programme at the Firs, and ran this for one hour per evening during school term time. They engaged with young people on the Premier League Kicks project from the Tressel, Baird and Braybrooke wards.
Education Futures Trust
Education Futures Trust ran a ‘Go Wild After School’ club for children in the Church wood area, as well as activities across at Hollington, and one at The Firs for children from local schools such as Baird and Sandown.
FSN ran culinary focussed activities for young people aged 11+. A trained tutor facilitated but not lead the young people, so as to develop leadership skills, resilience and motivation whilst broadening knowledge, inventiveness and ingenuity.
Rhythmix ran Music in Mind, an innovative programme for young people with mental health problems. The programme uses music making to enhance life chances and offer tangible help to young people with mental health problems.