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Hitting the BIG Three - 0
 
This year Independent Arts is celebrating its 30th Birthday! To honour such an achievement you may have noticed our beautiful new logo heading up this newsletter. Jess and Caroline our design team have worked hard with one of M&C Saatchi's head designers to produce an elegant new logo and branding for the charity. New posters and flyers will be rolling out over the next few months. A massive thanks to Saatchi who gave their time free of charge.
As well as a sleek new look we are planning a few events throughout the year; one of which is an art exhibition showcasing some of the wonderful pieces of work our participants have produced over the years and creating a timeline of Independent Arts incredible history celebrating how far we have come. 
Follow us on social media to keep up to date on news and events and how we plan to celebrate!
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Wight Aid fund Creative Writers 
 
Independent Arts is thrilled to launch our new writing project Funded by Wight Aid, the Creative Writers project builds on the legacy of two of the charity’s successful projects in 2016 - Young Writers and Magic Doors. The Creative Writers project nurtures and develops the huge talent of younger people on the Island while positively celebrating the creative contribution that older people can make. 
Creative Writers offers a series of weekly creative writing workshops for young people aged 16-25, where participants can gain advice, support and feedback on their work. Sessions are held every Saturday from 10am – 12pm at Starbucks in Newport, and introduce a range of different topics including flash fiction, micro fiction, writing poetry, starting a blog, spoken word performance techniques, planning a novel, getting published and pitching to magazines.
 
There will also be the opportunity for younger budding writers aged 12-15 to get involved in the project at one of the pop-up workshops that will take place in 2017.
Older people’s workshops will take place in care homes and supported housing across the island, and there will be supported crossover to enable participants to share experiences and explore themes which affect each age group.
 
All the writers involved in the project are encouraged to contribute pieces on the dedicated blog throughout the project, and there will be the opportunity to have their work featured in a published anthology.
Caption: Geoff Underwood presented Kerry Tindell, Jess Paine and Wendy Varley with the cheque.
Scouts Badge for IA - Military Heritage Award 
 
We are delighted to unveil the Military Heritage Award, which has been designed by Independent Arts in collaboration with Age UK and the Isle of Wight Scouts. The new badge, which was designed by our project manager Jess Paine, builds on the legacy of the afterWARds project and R&R project which involved military veterans sharing their stories with school and college pupils.
Members of the scouting family can earn the badge by fulfilling each of the three stages of the award.
Scouts work in teams to conduct interviews with military veterans before creating a piece of art work to illustrate what they’ve learned. Artwork can be created in any medium including creative writing, visual art, music or drama. The final element includes a visit to a military unit, display or museum with military links. Scouts are invited to present their work before receiving their badges.
 
As the Isle of Wight works towards Age Friendly Island status the MHA may help the scouting community to contribute to this wider project. The MHA can also extend the scouting links and its understanding of its local community and the intergenerational issues that society faces.
 
1st Newport Scouts (The Old Guard) eagerly jumped at the chance to be the first Island group to take part in the MHA.
Deputy Lord Lieutenant David Langford awarded the successful scouts at their presentation evening on 24th January 2017.
Welcome Anxiety Café 
Independent Arts is now supporting the IOW Anxiety Café. The group were meeting at Quay House Recovery Centre but unfortunately, the space is no longer available. The group is designed for people who live with anxiety to meet in a relaxed environment and build confidence in a social situation. The group meet on the third Monday of every month from 5.30pm-7pm at the Unity Hall in Newport. You can find out more about the Anxiety Café by visiting their Facebook page. 

Don’t forget to drop your used stamps into the office to help us raise funds.
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Workshops for Wellbeing

Winter News
Winter workshops have been wonderful, full of Christmas parties and seasonal arts and crafts activities. Practitioners were of course very busy with their sessions throughout November and December, but also frequently gave up their own time over the public holidays to make sure that music and art was still being carried out to homes and residents. 
As we roll into the New Year we plan to offer additional training sessions for our practitioners to offer them the chance to build on their existing skill base.  So far most of our practitioners have undertaken the invaluable dementia awareness training with Dr Gemma Jones, and we also ran some in house training from Action on Hearing Loss, to better equip practitioners working with individuals with hearing loss.  
Creative Writing Projects

Creative writing continues to feature strongly in Workshops.  We recently completed a Magic Doors project at Orchard House, Newport, and are now working on our second project at Vecta House.  Creative writing has had a remarkable impact already, with more in planning, including an intergenerational Magic Doors adventure with pupils from Dover Park School and SSAFA St. Vincent’s, Ryde.  
Do watch out in the early Spring for the arrival of the Independent Arts new Workshops blog!  Our lovely Caroline has worked really hard and created a beautiful blog which will become the go to online visit for all and everything you need to know about Workshops! Sneak peek below.
SingAbout
 
A huge thank you to everyone who supported our SingAbout Christmas song. From those who bought a copy, shared information on social media, listened to us on the radio or came and sang with us on the recording. It has given us a huge boost in publicity and helped us raise funds. The final totals aren’t in yet – we are still waiting to get the digital sales in but we have had over 1500 views of the video on our You Tube Channel and over 3000 on Facebook.

DanceMakers
 
The new group we launched in Ryde in the autumn has filled with enthusiastic new dancers. To try to meet demand we are opening a second group at Sandown Library, which will be meeting on Tuesday afternoon from 3.30-5pm. The first session will be on Tuesday 7th February. As we have spaces available in our West Wight group, Michelle will be running a taster session at the Memorial Hall in Freshwater on Monday 30th January from 12.15-1pm. If you know anyone who would be interested in joining these sessions please let them know. We look forward to welcoming more dancers to DanceMakers in 2017. 
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Creative Futures
 
We are continuing to recruit new volunteers and care homes for the project and we are now able to receive referrals from supported living too. We hope that this will mean that we can reach even more socially isolated people across the Island and offer our creative sessions. We have delivered 240 sessions in the last year with 23 volunteers trained to deliver the sessions.
Use your skills to offer stimulating and engaging one to one sessions to those in care who need it most. You will be paired according to similar interests and backgrounds so you both gain as much out of the sessions as each other.

Could you give just one hour a week?

Contact us on 01983 822437 or email info@independentarts.org.uk
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Job Vacancies:

SingAbout Practitioner:

SingAbout is a social activity based on recognised music therapies to promote health and wellbeing. Sessions are inclusive and designed to help those living with long term conditions, those who are socially isolated and older people who want to sing. Independent Arts currently runs eight regular SingAbout sessions across the Island with additional 'Pop up' sessions in various locations and two groups specifically located at St Marys Hospital. 

Arts Practitioner:

We are looking for an Arts Practitioner to deliver sessions in care homes island wide, together with the potential to work with the Independent Arts team on commissioned projects.  We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates that have a Fine Art background and can deliver varied Arts sessions in care homes. Experience of working with older or disadvantaged people is desirable. 

Creative Writing Practitioner:

We are also looking for a Creative Writing Practitioner to deliver sessions in care homes island wide as part of our Magic Doors and Creative Writers projects. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates that have experience of working with older people. 

 

Go to Isle of Wight Jobs for more details and how to apply.

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