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Celebrating Age Week    
Independent Arts was invited to showcase our work during Celebrating Age Week, it was a great chance to show that age is no barrier to getting out and trying something new or continuing to pursue a lifelong passion.
The combined SingAbout communities held a ‘SingAbout Together’ event, bringing seven SingAbout groups and those who attend Singing for Breathing together to sing some of their favourite songs. Many of the groups had contributed ideas to the programme for the afternoon. The groups met in the beautiful setting of the Newport Minster Church with over 140 participants in attendance for an hour of singing.
The Freshwater and Newport DanceMakers groups performed a ‘Flash Mob’ style dance in their local community. The Freshwater group wowed shoppers at the Co-Op Afton Road with their dancing. The Newport group entertained those visiting the Farmers Market in Newport. Showing that age is no barrier to getting moving.
Hannah Griffiths – Project Manager said

“it was a pleasure to see the groups performing outside their usual meeting places and showcasing the fun they have each week being involved in the SingAbout and DanceMakers projects. These projects really help boost your confidence – as shown by these performances as well as improving your health and making you feel good."

To see DanceMakers in action click here and subscribe to Independent Arts YouTube channel for more videos. 
Book Launch a Successful Story
Independent Arts was delighted to launch the Anonthology, the first collection of work created by its Young Writers group known as The Anon Writers at Waterstones on Saturday 24th September as part of the Isle of Wight Day celebrations.  An overwhelming amount of people attended the launch to support the Anon Writers and hear spoken word performances of their work. Copies of the book are available to buy locally at Isle of Wight Traders or direct from the Independent Arts website. Click Here.

The Young Writers project also appeared at this year’s Isle of Wight Literary festival with a workshop and Young Writers forum.
Independent Arts would like to thank Waterstones for kindly hosting the book launch.

Sophie Downton, writer talking about the launch: 

The launch was incredible, we got to talk to so many people who were enthusiastic to hear our perspective as young writers. Never could I have imagined, if you'd told me when I joined seven months ago, that we'd end up producing something as amazing as this. I've grown as a writer, made friends and become more confident. All performances at the launch were wonderful and I hope everyone continues to enjoy writing and reading the work that the Anon Writers have produced."

Hannah Sothcott, writer talking about the launch: 

“Seeing everything come together on launch night was unbelievable. None of us could have conceived that there would be such a huge turnout, and it was wonderful to play a part in inspiring creative innovation within our local community. To perform our work was surreal, knowing that it is now out there for people to read and take pleasure in. I wholeheartedly believe that this project deserves to continue to flourish.”
Anastastia Wolfe, writer talking about the launch: 

“It was amazing to see all of everyone's hard work come to life. Everyone did amazing standing up in front of so many and reading pieces that mean a lot to us and sharing a piece of us with the audience.”
For those aged 16-24 and interested in writing, Independent Arts is pleased to announce that they are holding a Young Writers workshop at Starbucks on Saturday 5th November and Saturday 10th December. For more information or to book a place please contact 01983 822437 or email
Getting Creative in our 'Workshops for Wellbeing' Programme
Workshops arts and craft practitioners have had a very busy and productive few months. Autumn and Remembrance Sunday both featured large with some beautiful results from both Fairview and Solent Grange Care Homes.
A beautiful felted poppy created by a resident at Solent Grange.
Picture to the right showing an Autumn display created by residents at Fairview.

Workshops also celebrated National Poetry Day this month launching our own Poetry Page.
Click here.

The beautiful work below was produced by a resident at Fairview to accompany their Autumn display:

Just a flash of black and yellow
That’s the Blackbird flying by
In his beak he carries food
For his family nearby
In a tree where no one can see
There he hides his nest
His brood are hungry
And must be fed
Its late and nearly time for bed

And not to be out done, on Friday 23rd September Independent Arts was invited along to Southern Housing Group's annual awards event to provide arts and crafts workshops for residents and guests attending. The workshops proved to be extremely popular, and our team of four volunteers led by arts practitioner Liz Tate had a fabulous day supporting participants with a whole range of activities including creating lavender bags, tile painting, felting and badge making. The results were beautiful and we were all really pleased to have been part of the fun.

Event coordinator Elaine Sheldrake wrote:

“Thank you again to Independent Arts for your involvement at this year’s SID event. All customers I have spoken to really enjoyed themselves; we hope you did too!”

Our thanks as ever to Liz Tate for putting on a grand show and to our lovely volunteers for coming along to support the day.

NEW DanceMakers Group
Our new DanceMakers group meets on Monday at Aspire Ryde from 1.30pm-2.30pm. If you would like to join the group there are still places, no previous dance experience required. Classes begin with a gentle chair based warm up that lead into fun routines that you can do standing or seated. It's a great opportunity to meet new people and enjoy a dance. 

We also have spaces available in our Freshwater group which meets on Thursday morning at the Parish hall from 10.30am – 12.00pm. New members are always welcome.
DanceMakers can help improve balance, co-ordination, muscle strength, breathing, memory and confidence as well as getting you up and moving.
Singing for Recovery sessions at St Mary's begin
Singing for Recovery is a brand new specialised singing group. The sessions are based upon musical therapy that can help build your strength in breathing, movement, speech and confidence after suffering a stroke or living with a long term condition. The sessions are held at St Mary's Hospital in the Stroke Unit Day Room. 

The initiative began due to the incredible efforts of a women determined that a gentleman very dear to her was able to have access to music after he recently suffered a stoke. The gentleman used to attend one of our weekly SingAbout groups and thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. Music was such a huge part of his life. Independent Arts was contacted and asked if we would be able to set up a musical group specifically for the Stroke Unit and Rehabilitation Ward. We now run weekly Thursday Sessions 2pm - 3pm. 

For any more information please call 01983 822437 or alternatively email 
SingAbout: Volunteers Wanted
After a summer of popping up here and there we now have two monthly pop up groups meeting on a regular basis at CHOYD Yarmouth on the first Thursday of every month and Bembridge Methodist Church on the first Tuesday of every month. We have a lovely volunteer Angie, who helps at our Yarmouth group and we are looking for a volunteer to join the team in Bembridge.

We are also in need of volunteers for all our other  projects especially SingAbout in Newport, East Cowes and Freshwater. If you like to sing and are happy to make the tea and do some washing up, perhaps you could help us at one of our groups.

Please get in touch with us at the office if you can help. 01983 822437
See all our Volunteer opportunities
SingAbout Groups:
  • Every Monday 10.15am - 12.15pm - Memorial Hall, Avenue Road, Freshwater.
  • Every Monday 2.00pm - 4.00pm - All Saints' Church Hall, Queen's Road, Ryde.
  • Every Tuesday 2.00pm - 4.00pm - Newport Scout Hut, Woodbine Close, Newport.
  • Every Thursday 2.00pm - 4.00pm - St James' Church, Church Path, East Cowes.
  • Every Friday 10.30am - 12.30pm - Lake Lions Community Centre, New Road, Lake.
  • Every Friday 10.30am - 12.30pm - Ventnor Baptist Church, Pier Street, Ventnor.
We also run a SingAbout: Singing for Breathing group every Thursday 11am - 1.00pm - Respiratory Department Gym, St Mary's Hospital, Newport. All Welcome. 
Stamp Collecting 

With Christmas around the corner I hope there will be cards dropping through your letter box or making their way to your workplace. If you could cut the stamps out (leave a nice border of envelope please), save them in a safe place and drop them into the IA Office or your next session and we can send them off for recycling which helps us boost the charity coffers.
Thanks and happy collecting.
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01983 822437
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