My Creative Skills Project 2
Creating Ground CIC has run a pilot project with the parents of the Rainbow Club, the Saturday Supplementary School at Action for Refugees in Lewisham. The sessions took place on 6 Saturdays from January to March 2017 whilst the children were attending their classes at the club.
We mainly used craft and drama games to get to know each other better, release stress and connect with each other. We organised forum parents' discussions. In one of the sessions, we talked about problem solving and addressed the issue that many parents were experiencing with their children being addicted to video games. The parents shared their experiences and together found some common solutions and ways to manage and challenge the behaviour.
We are hoping to get funding for the sessions and start again in May.
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"The session has helped me get to know the other parents who come to AFRIL. Every week we see each other but we do not say hello..now we have talked and interacted and I feel we can become a big family".
"The session was really useful as I have learnt games and activities I can do with my children".
"I always see the art material in the pound shop but never thought I could also use it. The session gave me ideas of what I can do..it was so nice to spend time cutting paper and doing something creative".
"My children will not believe that their mum can be so creative".
"My child was proud of me. He has put my felt work on his bag and is now very eager to do art work with me".
"I looked forward to coming to all the sessions. I felt that I was doing something for me but my child was happy as we were in the same building. It felt like we were doing something together".
"I learnt a lot from the experience of the other parents. I tried with my child what a parent said in the group and it worked!"