Making memories with Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice
Published: Tue 12 May 2015
This spring, artsdepot continues its three year project with Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice to provide fun and memorable creative experiences for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families.
Two of this year’s events at artsdepot were for Noah’s Ark’s Siblings Groups, and three were for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. The programme will conclude with an inclusive Family Day in May.
The first weekend of activity this year took place in April, with workshops led by Cariad Interactive. The company specialises in working with young people with access needs, and use cutting edge technology to create artistic experiences. Participants created artworks using ‘magic’ electronic paint connected to soundboards which they animated by recording their own music and sounds, creating interactive paintings which played sound when touched.
In early May, two groups of children and young people took part in dance workshops with East London Dance. The weekend also featured a trip to see Varmints, a dance-theatre show created by hip hop dancer and choreographer Wilkie Branson and children’s theatre specialist Sally Cookson, based on the book by Helen Ward and Marc Craste.
The programme will conclude with a Family Day at the end of May, where families from Noah’s Ark Hospice will be invited to artsdepot for a day of creative activity and performance. Participants will take part in music and movement workshops designed to increase confidence, creativity, and team working, and there will be an opportunity for the children and their siblings to share and celebrate the skills they have learned over the workshop programme. The Family Day will also include a performance of Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by award-winning company Ballet Black, based on the best-selling book by Anna Kemp.
Victoria Briggs, Participation Manager at artsdepot, said:
“It has been a real pleasure to welcome Noah’s Ark families to artsdepot and to see children and their families sharing experiences. It’s fantastic working with Noah’s Ark families – whether we spend the day breakdancing or painting pictures, everyone always comes away with a smile on their face!”
Dottie Greenwood, Families Activity Worker at Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, said:
“The sessions at artsdepot are inclusive of lots of different interests and abilities, and give those participating a chance to express themselves creatively and confidently. All attendees have left the events with pride for what they’ve achieved. One Noah’s Ark Child left the event he attended, saying: “The best day of my life”.