VERSE-atility – Young carers exploring the future through music and dance.

Shropshire inclusive Dance were invited by the Hive to be part of this exciting and rewarding music and movement project.
During the Easter holidays, the verse-atility team of dance and music leaders, including the SiD outreach team, once again welcomed a group of young carers to the Hive to learn, connect, create and explore together. This was the second intensive project following the launch of the programme in 2018.
A group of seven young people aged between 8 and 14 from across Shropshire came together for five days to use music and dance in response to the question ‘What will our planet be like in 20 years time?’. The group came up with a range of responses that explored caring for each other and the environment, climate change, young voices and protest.
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The group, guided by the professional team choreographed movement, made music and wrote a song that was all performed for an audience at the end of the week. Some of the young people also took their arts award, gaining a qualification for their participation.
The aims of verse-atility are to create a safe, creative space for young carers to build their confidence, express themselves, collaborate with like minded people and to develop their skills. All of the young people had a brilliant time, making new friends and working together.
We feel the footage in the film below speaks much louder then words. Sit back and enjoy.

 

VERSE-atility Documentary 2019 from Hiveshrewsbury on Vimeo.

 

VERSE-atility – A music and dance project for young carers.

Shropshire inclusive Dance were invited by the Hive to be part of this exciting and rewarding music and movement project. SiD’s outreach team led by Anna Belyavin worked alongside fantastic musicians from The Hive to facilitate workshops where young carers could compose, record and choreograph a piece – all in a week!

The project, funded by Youth Music, began with a series of music and dance workshop tasters to groups of young carers throughout Shropshire. Those young people interested in the project and free to spend a week at the Hive signed up. The young people grew in confidence over the weeks activity. Working with dance and music offered time for the young people which was social, fun, creative and challenging.

The young people, musical and dance facilitators worked hard together as a very special team creating a supportive environment full of creativity.

The young carers say that the most important thing for them is “to be around other people who have a lot in common with us” and “to be able to express myself creatively, without judgement”.

Phase one of the project culminated in a brilliant performance by the young people.

We feel the footage in the film below and the accompanied images speak much louder then words. Sit back and enjoy.

 

 

Images from the project.

 

 

workshop images – Ray Jacobs