THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TEAM'S ACTIVITY OVER FEBRUARY HALF TERM!
The Community Engagement Team has had a busy February half term!
Here is a whistle stop run down of what we got up to....
Bombs and Barrage Balloons Exhibition
Sally kick started the week on Monday by setting up our touring exhibition in Guisborough library where it will be on display until 8th March. ‘Bombs and Barrage Balloons’ explores the impact of the Second World War on the steel industry in Teesside. A local photographer was on hand and her star turn in the Evening Gazette can be seen here.
The exhibition launch was accompanied by a Family Bridge Building Challenge. The exhibition is touring local libraries and its next stop will be Egglescliffe Library.
For the full list of libraries and dates, please see our ‘What’s on’ page.
RSPB Saltholme Wildlife Reserve and Discovery Park
From Tuesday to Thursday all the Community Engagement team, Jenny, Rachael and Sally were at RSPB Saltholme Wildlife Reserve and Discovery Park. With the help of local textile artists “Fenella”, participants used the local environment (both natural and manmade) to paint onto pieces of fabric. We also ran sessions for four Sure Start groups from Hartlepool, Redcar, Middlesbrough and Stockton. Children came with their parents or carers to create some artwork. After the sessions, the artists worked hard to create four beautiful banners incorporating all the art work from the groups. These banners will be presented to each Sure Start group to hang in their centres. The project was supported through MLA’s Strategic Commissioning Programme, funded through the DSCF & DCMS. Pictures from the sessions can be seen here.
On Friday the team held two separate events. Rachael ran a Family Bridge Building Challenge at Kirkletham Museum. Over 100 families came along and had a great time constructing bridges out of K’nex and drawing their own designs, some of the pictures can be seen here.
Meanwhile Jenny and Sally took part in ‘Science Day’ at Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt. This event was run by local Sure Start Centres and there was a broad range of exciting activities. We set up a BSAP ‘Testing Station’ and asked children to investigate the strength of everyday household materials to identify which would make the strongest bridge. We discovered some budding little engineers.