Creative Directions in the Community: Edlington

Thanks to Spirit of 2012 we’re thrilled to be able to expand our successful Creative Directions programme to run in two new locations in Doncaster as well as here at The Point. Creative Directions is for adults who want to take part in exciting creative activity with others in order to improve and maintain their feelings of health and wellbeing!

The first group will meet every Tuesday from 16 April 2019 onwards at Edlington Community Organisation (ECO) at Yorkshire Main Community Centre, from 10am – 12pm. Our sessions in Askern will take place every Thursday from  1.30pm – 3.30pm starting on 6 June 2019.

These groups are free to attend and you’re welcome to bring other adults along, be they friends, family members or neighbours.

The sessions at Edlington and Askern will provide a range of music-based opportunities for local residents. Professional musicians will deliver the sessions, including Dyzelle Sutherland and Janet Wood, Core Musicians for darts; Dyzelle is a classically trained violinist with a Masters in Community Music, and Janet is an expert singer-songwriter with roots in British folk music and 40 years of expertise in choir leadership and community music-making. They will be working with percussionist Gary Hammond, composer, accordionist and music educator Luke Carver Goss and local musician Mick Jenkinson. Writer Ian McMillan (the ‘Bard of Barnsley’) will collaborate with this talented team of musicians in order to write songs with participants.

We’ve been hard at work planning the sessions and coming up with lots of ideas – from composing new songs about local heroes to making music about your own community to re-working existing songs to reflect on your own lives. We’re thinking about organising trips to see local musicians as well as finding opportunities to perform the work created in the groups. There will also (of course) be tea and plenty of chatting!

If you’re in or around Edlington or Askern and these musical opportunities sound up your street, or if you think that joining a creative group might benefit your health and wellbeing, then we look forward to welcoming you. No need to book – just turn up!

Here are what participants who attend Creative Directions at The Point have to say about the sessions:

“The support in the sessions is fantastic and I soon settled in and felt comfortable… For me, that welcoming environment is the best thing about coming to Creative Directions – there’s no judgement, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet other people in a safe space.”

“You don’t feel judged by anyone… we are all one big community.”

“I get excited about coming. I know one week when I missed it, it felt like ages since I’d been. I think it’s a wonderful service.”