Last Saturday, We (Alchemy Arts) rolled into the St John's Community Centre, to host a Celebration Event for our highly acclaimed Her Say project.
What is "Her Say?"
The Her Say project was born out of ongoing requests from women in the community to organise more female specific work shops. Her Say aims to encourage local women from the community to have a voice and realise their true potential, especially those experiencing social exclusion and minority ethnic women facing barriers accessing relevant services to address needs. The project offers a varied programme of regular activities which range from Health and Well Being, Creative Writing, Digital Engagement, Photography Workshops, IT sessions to a Women’s Forum discussion group. We also hold sessions that focus on specific issues such as Domestic Abuse/Violence and Mental Health. One to one support is also available via our trained counsellor. The project gives local women/girls an opportunity to come together in a safe environment to meet new people and create lasting friendships.
The event ran from 2pm until 6pm and produced a nice, family orientated vibe, with delicious hot food, soft drinks and snacks available. My favourite was the chicken and potato curry, so thanks to Adil's Father for sorting all the food out! In the hall were various stalls, including beauty, arts and crafts, gourmet sweets, face painting and even holistic therapy and a massage table. Outside was a a bouncy castle, which the children loved. The main attraction had to be the Green Screen technology, which everyone enjoyed immensely! I, myself helped out with the set up of the Screen and gained valuable experience on that front. Everyone had a great time, music was playing and there was a real feel good atmosphere in the air, thankfully the weather was beautiful as well!
The Her Say project is an ongoing project and hopefully there will be many more Celebration Events to come!