New £10k arts project to inspire community

The council has given St Georges Community Centre in Lupset �10,000 to set up a new Community Art Hub. It is a year long project which will see all sorts of projects for all ages including creative writing, dance , drama etc. The first event is creative writing for parents.Philip Mitchell and Donna Evans

The council has given St Georges Community Centre in Lupset �10,000 to set up a new Community Art Hub. It is a year long project which will see all sorts of projects for all ages including creative writing, dance , drama etc. The first event is creative writing for parents.Philip Mitchell and Donna Evans

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PARENTS put pen to paper to write stories for their children at a new £10,000 community arts project.

St George’s Community Centre, in Lupset, has teamed up with Yew Tree Arts for a year long project that will involve dance, drama and creative writing in one of the city’s most deprived neighbourhoods.

It was set up with money from Wakefield Council’s Creative Partner Grant Funding scheme.

Mike Holt, chairman of trustees at St George’s, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the community access to the arts in their own neighbourhood.

“By joining forces with Yew Tree Arts we are able to use our respective expertise - community development and artistic knowledge and skills - to best effect.

“We see St George’s as a health and well-being organisation in its widest sense and recognise that the arts support well-being, self-esteem, and encourage participation and social inclusion.”

Every Tuesday morning parents have worked with a professional writer to create children’s stories that will eventually be compiled into a book.

And children have been enjoying dance and drama classes at the centre, on Broadway.

Sarah Osborne, of Yew Tree Arts, said: “We are genuinely excited at the prospect of developing the relationship with St George’s and having the opportunity to work on some fantastic arts projects.

“Self-esteem and building confidence is at the heart of all Yew Tree’s work and this is a great example of those principles in practice.”

It is hoped the project will leave a lasting legacy in Lupset.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for culture, said: “This first year will act as a pilot project with the aim of working with the community to create a sustainable plan to continue the dance and theatre sessions, storytelling and all sorts of creative activity in the future.”

For details, call 01924 369631.