• Legacy Makers is a community history project led by Bright Ideas Nottingham and the Slave Trade Legacies Family. Our volunteers will be looking at how their enslaved African ancestors are connected to the wealth of Darley Abbey through the cotton trade
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  • DreamWeavers: 13 short courses running between August 2019 and January 2020
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  • Policing Black Lives in Notts is coordinated by Bright Ideas Nottingham and funded by National Lottery Community Awards. The aim of the project is to investigate the nature and impact of policing black people in Nottinghamshire and how we can better respond to incidents involving them.
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DREAMWEAVERS OCTOBER 2019 COURSES

Dementia in the Black Community

Venue: Pilgrim Church, (church hall), Meadows, NG2 2DF

Dates: Tuesday 1 October for 4 weeks (20hrs)

Times: 10am to 3.30pm 

Facilitators: Dr Mary Tilki, Lisa Robinson, Dr Rose Thompson

This course uses a different way of thinking about memory loss/dementia. It is about challenging contemporary notions of people with dementia and focussing on ourselves, how we think about and behave towards people with memory loss.   Because of the ways in which dementia is viewed in society, those who experience memory loss can be stigmatised and deprived of their rights.  This training is an attempt to put ourselves in the shoes of people with memory loss/dementia and their carers, to open our hearts and minds and to welcome and retain them in our community. Ultimately the course will help to start planning a Caribbean Memories Café (dementia café) in the Meadows.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Challenge contemporary negative perspectives on dementia, exploring ways to maintain independence and quality of life 
  • Describe the experience of memory loss/ dementia for the individual and from family caregiver’s perspective
  • Consider the personhood of the person with memory loss/dementia, taking particular account of cultural factors 
  • Explore the basic skills needed to communicate with and respect people who have memory loss
  • Examine ways of connecting with, supporting and empowering people with memory loss and their carers

Booking essential. Contact Bright Ideas Nottingham, 07989 302 571

#DreamWeavers: FREE courses for adults NOT in paid employment

More information

At the first session of every course, students design the course with the tutor to ensure that it covers the subjects that you want.

All courses will enable you to build your confidence, make new contacts and feel more positive about yourself and your future. No previous experience or knowledge is required.

All courses provide support to students to help you get the most out of your time with us.

NOTE: Times, dates and venues may be subject to change so please join our text list for updates: 07989 302 571

DREAMWEAVERS SEPTEMBER 2019 COURSES

Make Do and Mend Sewing Classes (21 hrs)

Venue:             Hyson Green Community Centre

Dates:              Wednesday 4 September for 7 Wednesdays

Times:              9.30am to 12.30pm

Facilitator:       Evadney Jalloh

Women are welcome to bring their own garments to mend, alter and enhance. We’ll learn a range of hand and machine techniques and make a small range of items for sale at a DreamWeavers arts and crafts event.

*Women Only*

Note we have a sewing class in St Anns on Mondays for those unable to make Mondays.

Booking essential. Contact Bright Ideas Nottingham: 07989 302 571

#DreamWeavers: FREE courses for adults NOT in paid employment

Introduction to Teacher Training (20 hrs)

Venue:             Central Library, Angel Row (Meeting Room 1st Floor)

Dates:              Friday 6, 13, 20 and 27 September

Times:              10am to 3.30pm

Facilitators:     Lisa Robinson, Evadney Jalloh

Participants will be able to:

  • Write measurable learning outcomes
  • Devise a course outline and session plan
  • Choose appropriate methods for evaluating learning and assessing learners
  • Deliver and evaluate a micro-teach session

Booking essential. Contact Bright Ideas Nottingham: 07989 302 571

#DreamWeavers: FREE courses for adults NOT in paid employment

Sewing and Textiles (21 hrs)

Venue:             Chase Community Centre

Dates:              Monday 9 September for 7 weeks

Times:              12.30pm to 3.30pm

Facilitator:       Evadney Jalloh

A practical course for women to develop and improve sewing and textiles skills. We’ll create art, crafts and garments and contribute to a Black History Quilt. We’ll learn about pricing and packaging our creations and selling them at arts and crafts fairs and at our own event.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a range of hand/machine sewing techniques
  • Share skills with other learners
  • Create unique products
  • Jointly organise an event

*Women Only*

Note we have a sewing class in Hyson Green on Wednesdays for those unable to make Mondays.

Booking essential. Contact Bright Ideas Nottingham: 07989 302 571

#DreamWeavers: FREE courses for adults NOT in paid employment

Heritage Skills: Creating a Black History Exhibition (16hrs)

Venue:             First session at Central Library, Angel Row (Cecile Roberts Room)

Dates:              Starting Wednesday 18 September for 8 Wednesdays

Times:              10.30 to 1pm

Facilitator:       Dr Helen Bates (Heritage Consultant) Helen has taught history and heritage at the University of Leicester and the University of Derby as well as in the community.

A practical course to help prepare, install and promote a new Black History exhibition in Nottingham. On this eight-week course you will be able to develop professional heritage skills and explore:  

·         Exhibition curation

·         Telling stories through objects and images

·         Methods of exhibition interpretation

·         Digital exhibitions

·         Audience development

Booking essential. Contact Bright Ideas Nottingham: 07989 302 571

#DreamWeavers: FREE courses for adults NOT in paid employment

Legacy Makers History and Heritage Research skills (16 hrs)

Venue:             Nottingham Central Library or Nottinghamshire Archives (TBC)

Dates:              Wednesday 18 September 2019 for 8 Wednesdays

Times:             2pm to 4pm

Facilitator:       Dr Helen Bates (Helen is a Heritage Consultant and has taught history and heritage at the University of Leicester and the University of Derby as well as in the community. 

Develop your existing research skills and learn new ones whilst contributing to a new East Midlands National Lottery Heritage Funded project which investigates the Black History connections to the British textile industry.    You will develop your historical knowledge of the British textile industry whilst:   

·         Learning new or developing existing archival research skills

·         Analysing secondary sources

·         Accessing digital online sources

·         Interpreting sources and sharing heritage

Booking essential. Contact Bright Ideas Nottingham: 07989 302 571 #DreamWeavers: FREE courses for adults NOT in paid employment

Dream Weavers Community Gospel Singers (15/20hrs)

Venue:                 Pilgrim Church, (church hall), Meadows, NG2 2DF

Dates:                   Monday 16 Sept for 6 weeks

Times:                   6pm to 8.30pm

Facilitators:         Freddie Kofi and Evadney Jalloh

A course for anyone who loves to sing.  We’ll be having fun, choosing songs, practising harmonies and preparing a short programme to perform at a community event on Saturday 26 October 2019 at the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site with the Legacy Makers project.

Participants will be able to:

  • Perform a range of songs from the Deep South and Caribbean
  • Contribute to the creation of a new song
  • Work as a team to plan a community performance
  • Perform at an event at as part of a community choir

Booking essential. Contact Bright Ideas Nottingham: 07989 302 571

#DreamWeavers: FREE courses for adults NOT in paid employment

Photography: Capturing Notts Black Histories (27 hrs)

Venue:             Pilgrim Church (church hall), Meadows, NG2 2DF

Dates:              Starts Thurs 26 Sept for 9 weeks

Times:              10am to 1pm  

Facilitators:     Jagdish Patel, Lisa Robinson

We’ll be travelling around Nottingham to capture photographs of black community organisers and activists and community centres and spaces past and present. At this first course we’ll be focussing on the Pilgrim Church and their history of activism. Improving our photography techniques, we’ll produce and arrange a set of images for the Off Centre Exhibition at the New Art Exchange which runs from 16-23 November 2019.

Participants will be able to:

  • Contribute to a map of past and present African and African-Caribbean organisations in Nottingham
  • Improve their photography skills
  • Take photographs to capture the people and places in the black community and voluntary sector
  • Contribute work to a public photography exhibition

No experience required. All abilities welcome.  

Booking essential. Contact Bright Ideas Nottingham, 07989 302 571

#DreamWeavers: FREE courses for adults NOT in paid employment

More information

At the first session of every course, students design the course with the tutor to ensure that it covers the subjects that you want.

All courses will enable you to build your confidence, make new contacts and feel more positive about yourself and your future. No previous experience or knowledge is required.

All courses provide support to students to help you get the most out of your time with us.

NOTE: Times, dates and venues may be subject to change so please join our text list for updates: 07989 302 571

DREAMWEAVERS AUGUST 2019 COURSES

Setting Up A Social Enterprise or Community Group (10 hrs +)

Venue: Nottingham Contemporary (Meeting Room)

Dates: Wednesday 14 August & Saturday 7 Sept (plus further workshops if required)

Times: 10am to 3.30pm

Facilitator: Lisa Robinson

Discover your entrepreneurial and leadership potential – whether it is setting up a business or community group.  We’ll explore organisational structures, vision and values, publicity and marketing ideas and sources of finance and funding.

Participants will be able to:

  • Decide on the best organisation structure for them
  • Draft or evaluate their vision and values
  • Create a marketing and publicity plan
  • Identify potential sources of funding

Booking essential. Contact Bright Ideas Nottingham: 07989 302 571

#DreamWeavers: FREE courses for adults NOT in paid employment

More information

At the first session of every course, students design the course with the tutor to ensure that it covers the subjects that you want.

All courses will enable you to build your confidence, make new contacts and feel more positive about yourself and your future.

No previous experience or knowledge is required.

All courses provide support to students to help you get the most out of your time with us.

NOTE: Times, dates and venues may be subject to change so please join our text list for updates: 07989 302 571