ELEVATE Creative Workshops

 

Download the ELEVATE Creative Workshops Flyer pdf here 

 

As part of ELEVATE* the Hall is happy to invite those who live in the North Trafford area and who are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to take part in FREE creative workshops with Venessa Scott - a fantastic local community artist and the new artist in residency at the Hall. The work created at these workshops will be displayed in a public exhibition. Watch this space for more details! 

As you can see from the flyer above you can choose whether you would like to participate in these workshops online via Zoom or in person at the Hall. To book a place and if you have any questions please contact [email protected] or call 0161 989 1689. 

Online Zoom Workshops: 6 and 15 May 2021 10.00 am to 11.30 am

In person at Stretford Pubic Hall Workshops: 19 May and 2 June 2021 2.00pm to 3.30 pm  or 2 June 9 June 2021 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm 

 

* ELEVATE is the Hall's new artist in residency and community engagement project. It aims to amplify the creative voices, ideas and talents of under represented people in our community, working in partnership with Voice of BME Trafford. ELEVATE is a direct response to the Black Lives Matter movement. We identified that we must do more to embed diversity in our creative offer in an authentic and responsive way by supporting people from diverse backgrounds to influence artistic decision-making and use creativity as a platform for change.

 


New project at the Hall: ELEVATE

 

This week we are launching a new project at the Hall called ELEVATE, which is an artist residency and community engagement project that aims to amplify the creative voices, ideas and talents of underrepresented people in our community and working in partnership with Voice of BME Trafford.

Local artist, Venessa Scott, will move into our artist studios this week where she will start planning and making new art works. Venessa said,

“ I’m so excited to do an artist residency, I’ve never done one before and it’s such a great opportunity to take time to create new things and develop my artistic practice, something artists don’t often get the time to do ”.

Venessa will also be running creative workshops for local Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community groups, who will make their own artworks. These will be featured in a public exhibition at the Hall alongside the new artworks produced by Venessa.

ELEVATE is a direct response to the Black Lives Matter movement, we identified that we must do more to embed diversity in our creative offer and in an authentic and responsive way by supporting people from diverse backgrounds to influence artistic decision-making and use creativity as a platform for change.

Take a look at Venessa’s website: www.venessascott.co.uk

ELEVATE is funded by Arts Council England

Twitter: @ELEVATE_artsmcr

Instagram:  @elevate_artsmcr

For more information, please get in touch with Jessica, Project Manager on [email protected] 

Photo courtesy of Venessa Scott


Chairobics: New free online class

 

 

 

Charlotte has kindly created a new chairobics online workout for you to do at home, to help keep you active until her class is able to start again at the Hall. Please click on the text link below to join in! 

Click link here : Chairobics : A ten minute seated workout to get your heart pumping!

 

 

You may be aware that under the current government guidelines indoor fitness classes should be permitted in Step 3, which means after the 17 May 2021.  We are currently working towards this and hope to see you all back at the Hall soon and getting fit! 

 

 

 

 


New: Thriving Communities

 

 

Continuing our collaborative work with other local groups, Stretford Public Hall is working alongside St John’s Centre and the North Trafford Primary Care Network to oversee a new partnership called 'Thriving Communities'.

'Thriving Communities' will bring together community groups and patients (referred by their GP) to design community-based activities that promote health and wellbeing. The resulting diverse projects will be delivered by eight different local groups: Be Bolder; Cyril Flint; Friends of Victoria Park; Old Trafford Creative Space; Rehoboth for Families; String of Heart;  the Trafford Urban Fitness Collective; and Stretford Public Hall. These projects will support people through exercise, advice, art, out door activities and much more.

As well delivering new activities, the aim of 'Thriving Communities' is to pilot a more a strategic approach to social prescribing across North Trafford. Social prescribing is the name given to the system whereby patients can be referred to community projects or social activities, rather than prescribed medical help. Social Prescribing Link Workers, who are often based at GP surgeries, can refer patients to a range of activities that are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations, for example, volunteering, arts activities, gardening, befriending, healthy eating advice and a range of sport.

'We will work alongside a diverse team of project partners, to deliver a range of activities covering arts and culture, nature, physical activity, and life advice, in an area that has been badly affected by COVID-19, ' says Kate McGeevor from Stretford Public Hall.

  Kate added,  'By bringing together patients and community groups to design community-based activities, and by strengthening the links between partners within Trafford’s health care system, the project will create a framework to support the development of person-centred, place-based commissioning and will allow us to strengthen the provision of social prescribing across North Trafford.'

'Thriving Communities' will be funded by the Thriving Communities Fund and the Trafford Partnership.

For further details, you can contact us at  [email protected] or on 0161 989 1689. 


Census Support Throughout April, at the Hall!

 

You may be aware that Census Day was the 21 March 2021. However, you don't need to worry if you haven't completed your census form. You can still complete your census form throughout April and we at the Hall will continue to be here to support you. 

Stretford Public Hall's Census Support Centre

We are currently operating as a local Census Support Centre, which means we are supporting Stretford residents to complete their census forms online and answering any questions they may have relating to census completion. Our team of trained advisors have already helped numerous Stretford residents complete their census forms. Here are some examples of our work so far:

  • We have helped Streford residents in person at the Hall. These residents might not have a digital device and/or the internet at home and we have helped them by completing the census form with them online, using one of our computers;
  • We have helped Stretford residents over the phone, by giving them advice;
  • We have helped Stretford residents who have lost their census code; and
  • We have dealt with diverse general enquiries.

Should you need any support, please call us on 0161 989 1689 Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, until 4 May 2021. If all our advisors are with someone please leave a message and we will get back to you. 

Further, you can make an enquiry via [email protected]

Remember we will be open throughout April so if you have not complete the census by March 21st, don't worry - you can still complete it in April! 

 A little bit about why the Census is important: 

  • It gathers essential information that’s used for things that affect your community and the people you represent;
  • Public bodies use census information to help plan and fund services like housing, education and healthcare;
  • Charities and businesses also use it to inform their work and get funding; and
  • The census is also an important record for people who want to trace their family tree, so in the future your descendants might use the census to discover more about you!

Should you need other support you can contact the free National Census Helpline 0800 141 2021, 0800 587 2021 for other languages,  18001 Text Relay  and Text Message 86677 or go to  https://census.gov.uk/

 


Happy St Patrick's Day !

 

6,957 St Patricks Day Banner Illustrations & Clip Art - iStock

 

We wanted to share some beautiful music with you for St Patrick's Day.

These stunning tunes 'O'Farrells Welcome to Limerick' and 'Connaught Heifers' are played wonderfully by Michael McGoldrick, on the Uilleann Pipes . As you will see from the video Michael played this music in our newly renovated Ballroom - the perfect setting!! 

 

Click here to watch the music video on our Twitter page


Census Support Centre at Stretford Public Hall

 

 

 

We are currently operating as a local Census Support Centre, which means we are supporting Stretford residents to complete their census forms online and answering any questions they may have relating to census completion.

Should you need any support, you can call us on 0161 989 1689 Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, until 4 May 2021. We can help you complete the census in person, or provide advice over the phone. We also have computers set up which you can use if you don't have access to the internet at home. We will also be open on Sunday 21 March 10:00 am to 5:00pm, which is Census Day. We will be open throughout April so if you do not complete the census by March 21st, don't worry - you can still complete it in April! 

Further, you can make an enquiry via [email protected]

Taking part in the census is so important, as it gathers essential information that’s used for things that affect your community and the people you represent.

Public bodies use census information to help plan and fund services like housing, education and healthcare. Charities and businesses also use it to inform their work and get funding.

The census is also an important record for people who want to trace their family tree, so in the future your descendants might use the census to discover more about you!'

Should you need other support you can contact the free National Census Helpline 0800 141 2021, 0800 587 2021 for other languages,  18001 Text Relay  and Text Message 86677 or go to  https://census.gov.uk/

 


New Ballroom 2021

 

As promised here are the exciting pictures of our new Ballroom 2021!

 

 

As you can see the renovation project has transformed our Ballroom! We have added modern improvements such as fully functioning and versatile bars and food serving areas, accessible toilets on the Ballroom level, a new heating and ventilation system (including traditional cast iron radiators) and adaptable LED lighting.

We are currently thinking of the best way to launch our new Ballroom - watch this space for details! We want to make sure that as many people as possible get to see the new Ballroom, whilst following current government guidelines. 

The project has been a key objective since The Friends of Stretford Public Hall took over the running of the building in 2015, so we are delighted that we have reached this stage and we couldn't have done without all our supporters. 

We have recently been made aware of another local historic building in much need of support to be saved. 'Save Hulme Hippo' are working to save the iconic Hulme Hippodrome from redevelopment. If you would like more information or would like to donate to this cause please visit 

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-hulme-hippo


New Volunteering Opportunities

 

 

An opportunity for you to help your community get more digitally connected...

The Hall's NEW Digital Support project aims to help Stretford residents get online! We are looking for friendly, patient adult volunteers, with good communication skills, to support the users of the program to use digital devices and to access online information and services that could improve their lives! As part of the project, Stretford Public Hall will be able to loan out tablets and laptops, to give people an opportunity to trial the use of digital devices.

All voluntary work will be carried out remotely, so you can be based at home or at the Hall; you will not be asked to visit or support a user in anyone's home. No specific previous experience or qualifications are required as training will be provided but you will need to have a good understanding of using devices to access the internet and internet services. 

The project is aimed at people who currently have limited internet access and have found it difficult to stay connected with their friends, family, and community during these unprecedented times. The aim is to enable users to learn new skills, build up their confidence, and increase their knowledge in accessing the digital world.

To apply and to find our more about the project and this worthwhile new voluntary position please click here

 

How to Start a Dog Walking Business

 

Your opportunity to lend a helping hand and help you community ...

As you may be aware we are still running our Stretford Community Hub and our volunteers have been vital to the success of this throughout the Covid pandemic.  As part of this project we are currently looking for friendly and reliable volunteers to help vulnerable Stretford residents with walking their dogs.

If you are currently interested in this volunteering opportunity at the Stretford Hub and are available on weekdays, please see our Volunteer Portal here.

For some amazing examples of the work our volunteers have being doing throughout the Covid pandemic please see our website here - Christine's volunteer journey may be of particular interest to you!

In March, we will be operating as a Census Support Centre to support this important survey. We’ll be looking for volunteers to help - more info coming soon! 

 

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Finally, if you are interested in volunteering in the Trafford area you may wish to look at Trafford Thrive's website. 

http://www.thrivetrafford.org.uk/volunteering-trafford/

 


Bring on the Brass: A New Video

Mr Wilson's Second Liners (Photo credit: Andrew Billingstoke)

 

What a day this was...BRING ON THE BRASS, a touring band event in #stretford with @MrWilsonsSecond and @twistedtubesbb . 

Take a look at our new video of this Christmas time event on our Youtube page and spread the joy!

 

To watch Bring on the Brass on Stretford Public Hall's YouTube channel - click here

 

 


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