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Carshalton kids showcase street dance skills

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Published by Alex Cater for L&Q in Communities and also in Education

Mayor London Borough of Sutton Arthur Hookway is greeted by Clinton Waller, Area Manager for Play Place and Laura Wirtz, Community Investment Officer for L&Q Mayor London Borough of Sutton Arthur Hookway is greeted by Clinton Waller, Area Manager for Play Place and Laura Wirtz, Community Investment Officer for L&Q

A showcase performance put on by local Carshalton children for a street dance project has been hailed as a “fantastic achievement” by Sutton’s Mayor due to a grant of more than £3,000 from housing association L&Q.

The showcase for the Wandle Valley Dance Engagement programme was held at the Riverside Community Centre, Carshalton and was the culmination of a three month project based at the Wandle Valley Community Centre.

The programme provided exciting summer activities for children, to inspire learning, achievement and creativity, as well as to provide volunteering opportunities for local people.

Play Place, who ran the project, are a community interest company who address inequality issues through social and educational projects. L&Q’s charitable arm, the L&Q Foundation, funded the programme with a grant of £3,340. The social landlord has around 900 properties in the borough of Sutton.

In total 30 children took part in the dance engagement programme, split over two classes: juniors (5-11 years) and seniors (12-14 years). Lead by a qualified dance instructor the course contained training in a variety of contemporary dance styles, choreography, costume design activities and rehearsals for the final show.

At the showcase event, held on 29 July, the junior and senior class each performed their own piece for parents, members of the local community, Lib Dem Councillor Margaret Court, as well as the Mayor of the London Borough of Sutton, Councillor Arthur Hookway and Mayoress, Mrs Su Hookway. A film documenting the children’s progress through the course was shown and the Mayor also presented them with certificates to mark their achievement.

Programme participants were assessed for a number of AQA (Assessment and Qualification Alliance) accredited course units—results are pending—and some local parents took up volunteering opportunities.

Arthur Hookway, Mayor London Borough of Sutton, says:

“The showcase and programme has proved to be fantastic achievement. Fun summer activities like these enrich the lives and experiences of our young people and offer great opportunities for learning important transferable skills outside of the classroom. Well done to all who took part and organisers Play Place and L&Q.”

Asif Chishty, L&Q Community Investment Officer, says,

“At the heart of L&Q’s social mission is our goal to create places where people want to live. Engagement projects like these offer young people exciting positive experiences that boost confidence, creativity and teamwork, and have far reaching benefits for the wider community.”

Clinton Waller, Play Place Area Manager, says:

“Prior to organising the project we carried out a consultation with local residents, which highlighted the lack of positive activities for children in the area. We are really proud of the programme’s outcomes, which has helped children discover their talents, build skills and confidence, develop new friendships and added to community cohesion.”

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