Just over 3 weeks ago, we were involved in a national event called Creative Minds Midlands, at mac birmingham.
It’s taken a lot of planning to make it happen! For the past year or so, Kate, Sam and Bethan have been representing Spectra at ‘Steering Group Meetings’. As a ‘Steering Group’ we met every month to share ideas and organise the event; we ‘steered’ the conversations and actions, making sure things were going in the right direction. The event was co-created, meaning that Young People With Learning Disabilities (YPWLD), and people without learning disabilities came up with the ideas and made it happen.
All of these organisations were involved in putting the event together
The rest of the Spectra team very were involved on the day itself. We wrote a Rallying Chant especially for the event – it aimed to make the delegates (people who came to the event) stop and listen. The whole event was about doing and taking action, and so we needed to make sure people were ready for action!
Welcoming the delegates
Don’t be shy – Ready for action – We’re going to lead the way – Join us – Let’s work together –
Be brave – Freedom – Fighting fit – Hear our voices – Stand tall
Ready for action!
‘Here we are together
Our great big hearts are racing
We’re standing strong to fight for
Creative minds that can.’
Another part of the day we were involved in was leading the delegates around different ‘Rooms Of Wonder’. These rooms included getting involved in a non-verbal drama workshop, watching films of work/projects involving YPWLD, watching live performances from ‘dynamic duos’, and creating a Sensory Sculpture! We helped guide the delegates from room to room – in some multi sensory ways…
Popcorn pointing the way…
This way please!
There’s always a tasty treat when we’re around!
Popcorn in the film room
Sensory bunting guiding the way
Bethany leading the group
Where’s Mike gone?
The afternoon was about reflecting on what people had experienced in the morning and delegates were encouraged to ask the questions:
What will you do as a response from today?
What do you promise to change or do differently?
What do you want to start doing?
In the Room of Words, there were different activities for the delegates to get involved in to help them begin to think through and answer some of those questions.
The Room of Words
After break – we were all given a small jam jar, with soil and a forget-me-not seed inside. There was a sticker on the side of the jar that said: ‘My Pledge Is…’
Plant your Pledge
We all had to decide on a pledge (a promise) that we could make as a response from the day.
Everyone holding up their pledge
‘When we’re apart we are broken.’
Ready for action!
‘We meet with open hand, Super woman, super man,
Brighter colours in our land, Brighter colours in our land.’
What a team – the Steering Group at the end of the day!
To find out more about this event – you can read Bella Todd’s review here: http://disabilityarts.online/magazine/opinion/young-people-revolutionise-the-agenda-for-creative-minds-midlands/
Photo credits: Kate Green