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Community Gospel Singing!

Our gospel singing course, with our tutor Freddie Kofi, is already sounding beautiful! We will be performing on the 26th October at Cromford Mills.

This is a FREE course that runs on Mondays at the Pilgrim Church in the Meadows. To join us now please text: 07989302571

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Sew and Mend Course

One of our students has messaged us showing us what they have achieved in their first session of our sewing course! #DreamWeavers

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

Dates: Wednesday 25th September for 8 Wednesdays

Time: 2-4pm

Venue: Nottingham Central Library, Angel Row, NG1

This is an active hands-on course that will develop your heritage research skills.  It will improve your understanding of how to work in archives and with digital resources.  We will be working with Legacy Makers, a National Lottery Heritage Fund project based in Nottingham Legacy Makers is exploring the slavery links to the Derbyshire cotton mills and Nottinghamshire hosiery industry during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  It is also discovering more about the local business and the people worked in the cotton mills and hosiery industry at this time. 

On this course we will identify and discover how to assess different historical documents and sources to help us to explore the cotton and hosiery industry in the East Midlands from the past to the present.

·         Develop our understanding of how and where cotton was grown in the world and how it reached Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. 

·         Identify the role of slavery in the cotton industry.

·         Discover the lived experience of enslaved people.  

·         Find out about the lives and working conditions of the cotton-spinners and framework knitters in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with a particular focus on women and children.

·         Explore methods to share the results of our research on this course.

Ideal for anyone not currently in paid work, interested in developing a career in heritage, returning to education or volunteering on community heritage projects to gain further research experience. Volunteering opportunities will stem from this course

All levels welcome from complete beginners to those with previous experience.  

Tutor:  Helen Bates, heritage consultant.  Helen has worked on various heritage research projects including collaborations with: Lincoln Castle, Newstead Abbey, Hyson Green Flats Oral History Project, Derwent Valley Mills, Boughton House, St Lucia National Trust and the nationally recognised Slave Trade Legacies Project.

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

SLAVE TRADE LEGACIES: COLOUR OF MONEY REACHES NATIONAL LOTTERY AWARDS FINAL

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VOTE NOW:  http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/project/slave-trade-legacies-colour-money

SLAVE TRADE LEGACIES: COLOUR OF MONEY

The riches derived from the transatlantic slave trade are evident to this day in many of the UK’s leading visitor attractions. This project explored how these sites and their former owners profited from the toil and suffering of enslaved Africans.

Volunteers developed transferable skills as they carried out research, working closely with the University of Nottingham and the Workers’ Educational Association. They were able to speak as one in sharing their reflections with local, regional and national institutions including National Trust and English Heritage. They created project legacies such as a website’  and films which continue to be used through academic and community forums such as at international conferences and university workshops. Volunteers also took part in a radio broadcast, created poetry and songs and fed into digital outputs such as a blog, social media and podcast.

The volunteers travelled to Bristol and Liverpool and to places linked to the slave trade such as Newstead Abbey, an historic house in Nottinghamshire. At Derwent Valley Mills, a new World Heritage Site in Derbyshire, they ensured that the new £multi-million exhibition included the fact that cotton picked by enslaved labour was used at the mill.

The discoveries of how their ancestors were treated meant it was at times a painful journey for the volunteers. But it was also painful when some of the sites refused to engage in meaningful dialogue. In response they formed strong bonds, calling themselves the ‘slave trade legacies family’, and began a history society that has been invited to contribute a chapter to a new academic publication on community heritage funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Sites that did engage benefitted from feedback from a section of the community  that they often find hard to attract and engage.