We’re offering Hampshire-based community groups the chance to take part in an exciting and innovative six week project over summer 2021 aimed at reducing isolation, rebuilding confidence and increasing and improving social interaction.
Participants will take part in a series of COVID-19 safe, practical, theatre-based workshops which are delivered by specialist community practitioners skilled at helping local people develop their creative ideas and potential.
Workshops are focused on encouraging the community to come together and to spend time with each other again, with ways to improve physical and mental wellbeing. It also provides positive coping mechanisms that may have been lost during lockdown.
The project will begin in June 2021. In order for the project to make the most impact, we want to bring community groups together, at the same time, for each of the six sessions. This is of course dependent on the needs and abilities of each group and the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Each workshop will run for two hours and be led by two highly specialist practitioners with an enhanced DBS check and COVID-19 Safe Training. During the sessions the group will also develop and create a ‘self help/care guide’ based on their own experiences with the support of local healthcare professionals. This guide will be a free resource for individuals who take part and the wider community and will act as a legacy for the project.
We aim to work with between 5-10 people per community group. Exact numbers will be discussed with the community before the project is confirmed. Where possible the same individuals will participate in all six workshop sessions.
What happens after the six weeks have finished?
We understand that in order to make real impact and meaningful change, communities need more than just a ‘quick fix’. This project is the beginning of a three year long programme of work across Hampshire. We hope that the communities we collaborate and partner with will stay with us until 2023.
Once the six weeks have taken place, we'll work with professional actors, a director and creative team to produce a play inspired by the stories, experiences and ideas generated by participants. Participants will be invited to rehearsals and the play will be premiered at our All In The Mind Festival in September. Participants are also encouraged to engage and take part in other areas of Fluid Motion’s work including volunteer opportunities, joining as a Trustee and taking part in our Festival Community Panel.
How does this project benefit communities? ?
● Improves wellbeing, encouraging people to come back together to take part in something positive and meaningful
● Strengthens the community, it can build local action which can support the public health response to Covid-19 now and in the future
● Gives the community something to celebrate, a positive news story that is more important now than ever before.
Interested? What do you need to do next?
If you or your community group would like to take part in The Gathering Project,
or if you have any questions about it please contact Leigh Johnstone, Artistic Director at email@example.com.