Welsh House Farm Big Local Energise Summer 2019 timetable now available to download.

With the summer holidays just starting Welsh House Farm Big Local, Haven Community Project and partners have funded a jam packed Energise Summer Festival of fun creative activities for everyone across the area to get involved with.

From carnival club for seniors at Wellington Court to holiday lunch club at the POD and Haven Community Project the Big Local are putting all residents at the heart of the summer activities.

We have Streetestra our music and dance workshops running at Welsh House Farm Community School starting on Monday 5th August.

This year we have moved the Energise Carnival Club down to the Keystone Children’s Center where we want to encourage families to help us make all the carnival banners and windsocks that will be carried by young people during the Carnival day procession on Saturday 17th August.

Click on the link below to download the latest Energise Festival 2019 timetable

Energise Festival 2019 timetable

Carnival Craft Club for seniors at Wellington Court sheltered housing scheme

Since the Big Local came into being one of its key strategies was to both engage and reach out to older residents across Welsh House Farm.

Carnival Craft Club for seniors is where both residents and visitors to Wellington Court have been made to feel part of the summer energise festival activities by making banners, lollipops and windsocks that will be carried along the streets of Welsh House Farm during it carnival day street procession.

Photograph showing community arts facilitator Sam Hale of Bostin Arts at Wellington Court supporting residents carnival club craft activities.

Carnival Craft Club has been running for 3 years up at Wellington Court Sheltered housing scheme which is located just on the outer edge of Welsh House Farm.

With the full support of Waterloo Housing and Age Concern Birmingham the Big Local will make sure that all future activities will include our older residents no matter where they live in Welsh House Farm

Big Local back at the Keystone Children’s Center

During the summer Welsh House Farm Big Local has funded family carnival craft club with Sam Hale of Bostin Arts where residents from across the area have been given the opportunity to make their own carnival item.

Introducing Patch the dog who will be part of our Welsh House Farm Energise Festival Carnival on Saturday 17th August 2019 at the Keystone Play area.

It has also given our community development workers the chance to meet new residents who have recently arrived in Welsh House Farm and to bring those who are already living in the are the chance to be back at the Keystone where activities like ESOL, breastfeeding classes and baby massage happened on a weekly basis.

Next month Big Local along with selected partners will be holding a meeting with Birmingham City Council officers and Harborne Councillors to look at the possibility of bringing the Keystone Children Center back into full time use for the benefit of Welsh House Farm residents.

We will of course keep residents fully updated on the discussions but in the meantime if you have any ideas of what kind of services you would like to see back at the Keystone Children’s Center do get in touch with us.

Play In A Day with Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The Summer holidays are not just for kids it’s also for the adults who want do something a little bit different.

Our link up with Birmingham Repertory Theatre community outreach team continues this summer with a special Play In A Day workshop.

This special fun activity will be held at Quinborne Community Centre on Monday 5th August 2019 from 5pm till 8pm. Fresh sandwiches, tea and coffee will be available for all attendees.

See below on how you can sign up and come along..

Over the Summer The REP will be out and about getting local communities to discover theatre on their doorstep.

Visiting eight community centres, including Aston, Ward End, Welsh House Farm, Kitts Green and Ladywood local people will have the chance to create a play in a day, in a workshop led by members of The REP’s Learning and Participation Department. The day will introduce those taking part to the skills of theatre making as well as developing an understanding of how to bring stories from their communities to life on stage.

Becky Deeks, Education Officer at The REP says:

“This Summer, our Play in a Day sessions will work directly with local community groups across Birmingham. These sessions will be led by members of The REP’s Learning and Participation team and will provide a platform to show participants how theatre can be used as an exciting way to explore and share their stories.”

Suitable for those aged 18+, anyone interested in attending one of our exciting Play In A Day workshops, simply call our community development worker Michael on 07446 868200 or email welshhousefarmcommunity@gmail.com for information and to book a place.

Streetestra is back for the summer.

Welsh House Farm Big Local and On the Edge music charity are giving anyone aged 8 to 18 to come along and sign upto our free Streetestra music making and dance skills workshops which are being held at Welsh House Farm Community School.

Final sign ups start next Friday from 11am – 12pm with Fiona at the Haven Community Project.