Lakeside Helps Youngsters Create

Creative arts charity Create just wrapped up a fantastic project, one that sought to foster Olympic spirit in young carers at Crossroads Brentwood and young people with disabilities at Crossroads Havering.

The project was sound:images, and it was funded by Capital Shopping Centers. It aimed to break down barriers, encourage shared experiences and understanding, and help youngsters develop their teamwork and leadership skills. Along with the young people from Crossroads it has also brought together young people from The Ockendon Academy with young people with disabilities from Beacon Hill School, a school for children and young people with severe and profound learning difficulties.

The project had two phases. In the first, Create’s professional artists worked alongside volunteers from Capital Shopping Centres to deliver six full-day creative art workshops to the youngers from Crossroads. They created Olympic sports banners with all kinds of art techniques, including printing, jewellery making, collage and painting. The banners have been hung in the food court at Lakeside Shopping Centre.

Lakeside volunteers then worked with Create with music workshops for pupils from the Ockendon Academy. The students went on to compose original music with students from Beacon Hill School. The music was inspired by the work on the banners, and the students explored sounds and rhythms and created their own original music using all sorts of instruments from around the world.

At the end of the project, Lakeside hosted two big, public performances by its participants. They played their original music at Lakeside and showed off their banners, cheered on by their family and friends, members of the public and many important local figures.

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