‘Let’s Play!’ began in January 2012 involving local families in a truly unique experience, different to the usual parents and toddler-type groups. The project will be different to anything else already accessible in the local area of Stretton on Dunsmore.
The vision for ‘Let’s Play!’ is to build stronger and more cohesive families and communities through the facilitation of dance and drama activities. The project will bring ten local families together and develop the bond between children and their parents across the genders. It will encourage all parents to be actively involved in promoting an active lifestyle with their children and will establish levels of enjoyment, enthusiasm and commitment that will last beyond the project.
With funding from Arts on our Doorstep, over the next six months the group will have access to workshops provided by professional artists (led by David McKenna of Beingfrank Physical Theatre). The activities explored and experienced within the sessions will provide opportunities for parents and their children to be actively engaged in playing together through a child and parent centred ethos. Participating children are already experiencing a more creative approach to life and are developing a wider vocabulary for movement and dance.
The families have said that:
‘The activities are varied every week and keep the children stimulated throughout…children love the different ideas that they use to explore movement i.e. pirates, fish etc..’
‘Really enjoyed dance today. Was engaged throughout the whole session and I had fun too!’
‘It’s a great opportunity to spend time working together and just having fun!’
‘I feel as though it is already making a difference with my child’s confidence around others. We love coming every week’.
Arts on our Doorstep is funded by the Central Warwickshire Villages LEADER project and aims to bring arts to the heart of rural communities in Warwick District and Rugby Borough by providing practical advice and support alongside resources up to the value of £5,000 to help local groups and individuals to organise exciting and innovative small arts projects within their community.