We were so thrilled to see this lovely blog by RachelGillies about our work together just before the lockdown on our project 'What Community Means To Me'
Thank you so much, Rachel!
In Her Shoes are collecting resources to share with Syrian women and children, we have a small amount of money for basics but would love to suppplement to make the packs extra special. Can you help us by donating any of the following?
Art materials - pens, colouring pencils and books, paper.
Games, small toys and puzzles for children (not electronic please).
Donations can be dropped for 'In Her Shoes' c/o Moseley Exchange (behind the main Moseley Post Office) by 21 August.
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In Her Shoes are delighted to announce that their project ‘Syrian Song and Conversation Café – A Taste of Birmingham’ has received funding from Syrian Vulnerable Peoples Resettlement Fund through Birmingham City Council.
The project will encompass a series of eight bespoke taster workshops for Syrian women and girls living in Birmingham, giving them access to new activities alongside facilitated conversations, singing, dancing and cake! A final project sharing, with invited guests and speakers will take place at Birmingham City University in Summer 2021.
These monthly sessions, which (when COVID restrictions allow) will take place in Erdington’s Six Ways Baptist Church, will be a women and girls only space. Women from the Syrian community of Birmingham will be encouraged to express their thoughts and ideas, telling us what they need from their new communities.
Participants will be involved in sharing and creating songs, having a chance to talk and be listened to.
Over the eight sessions participants will experience a variety of taster workshops including drumming, song writing, dance, group singing, and songs to share with children.
Due to the uncertainty of current times, the project begins with an initial online ‘session’ in July 2020 in partnership with The Navigator Project.
This project builds on the success of our recent Lottery-funded project ‘What Community means to me.’ For this project, In Her Shoes led two workshops with a group of Syrian women and girls, exploring ideas of community and creating original lyrics and songs to express these ideas. The women took part in singing and song writing activity, dancing and drumming. Their response was overwhelming, as they told us it was the best thing they had yet participated in! They were enthusiastic, engaged, and full of ideas.
Many of the women and girls involved took part in our final sharing event at BCU which happened in early March, prior to the UK COVID-19 Lockdown. Many of these women and girls said they wanted to do more - which is why this new project came about!
We are delighted to announce that we have received a National Lottery Community Fund grant to run a Community Arts Project for women, What Community Means to Me.
We will be offering a mix of one-off workshops and series of participatory song writing workshops from January to March 2020 in Birmingham. We will create new songs to be shared on-line and in workshops. You don’t need any previous musical experience to take part – just come along to meet new women and talk and sing together.
Our partners include:
Working with our community partners will enable us to offer workshops to women who are disadvantaged: women experiencing domestic violence and abuse; women who are asylum seekers or refugees; women with mental health issues; women who feel lonely and socially isolated; and mothers in deprived communities in Birmingham.
The project will culminate in a sharing event in Birmingham City Centre to celebrate International Women’s Day in March 2020, showcasing the voices of disadvantaged or isolated women and girls from the city. At this event, participants from the workshops will share their lyrics and songs with each other and with members of the public.
Please get in touch with us if you would like to support the project or introduce us to women who would like to participate. Contact Lou Atkin firstname.lastname@example.org or through our website http://inhershoes.org.uk and follow us on Twitter @InHerShoes5