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Read the Research Story Lab – Dr Jonathan Barnes

Read the Research Story Lab – Dr Jonathan Barnes

Over the past three years we were privileged to receive funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation  for five Haringey schools to take part in our Story Lab programme. The programme had three strands a class based strand focusing on teacher development, a family strand and an intervention strand working with teaching assistants and special needs assistants ... Read more

Fantastic For Families Awards Shortlisting

Fantastic For Families Awards Shortlisting

We are delighted to announce  that our Dancing Together programme for babies and toddlers has been shortlisted in 2023’s Fantastic for Families Awards as Best Family Arts Activity amongst 8 other fantastic projects around the UK. Whatever the outcome we are really delighted that this community programme has been recognised for the impact it makes ... Read more

Communication Pod on Tour

Communication Pod on Tour

We are delighted to have recieved Arts Council England Funding this year to tour our Communication Pod and Forgotten Stories programmes in Enfield and Haringey. It’s been great to have these projects out supporting children’s speech, language and communication through inspiring their curiosity and imaginations. We are working with lots of new partners in this ... Read more

Family led projects

Family led projects

We are having such a brilliant time this year with our early years programmes including a recent programme funded by the Comic Relief Community fund Space to Create where families with babies and toddlers have the opportunity to explore light and sound environments. It is really great to work with multi-sensory materials and to have ... Read more

A New Early Years Resource

A New Early Years Resource

Groundswell Arts had the opportunity to create and produce some fantastic new resources for early years teachers. Commissioned by A New Direction why not download the resource taster cards to develop some creative starting points for your EYFS group    

Sing Our Story this term

Sing Our Story this term

Our Sing Our Story programme continues in a hybrid way with parents and carers across four schools and two private nursery schools. Our partners have worked with us to prioritise reaching their parent communities through music, and we have relished the opportunity to share songs in person again. Thanks to Tiverton, George Spicer, Earlham, and North ... Read more

Dancing Together Toddlers

Dancing Together Toddlers

We had very fun first sessions of our Dancing Together – Toddlers in Park Lane and Triangle Children’s Centres. Toddlers sessions will continue over the next 4 weeks. If you’re looking for an activity with your child, and you’re local to Park Lane or Triangle Children’s Centre, contact us. The spaces are limited but we’ll do our best ... Read more

February projects and announcing important dates

February projects and announcing important dates

February was quick but full of activities for Groundswell Arts team. We started Dancing Together Babies programme in Waltham Forest and Toddler’s programme in Haringey and completed our Mother and Baby dance programme in Haringey. Story Lab is currently in five partner Haringey schools.  We have launched a new project with The Minors Nursery School in West London along with Coombes Croft Library sessions in ... Read more

Dancing Together in Waltham Forest

Dancing Together in Waltham Forest

Dancing Together starts in Walthamstow and Leytonstone Toy Libraries very soon. With funding from Mayor of London and the Sport Unites programme we are running sessions for Mothers and Babies over 6 weeks, followed by our Toddlers programme starting in mid-April. These first 6 weeks will provide gentle movement to focus on postnatal recovery. The ... Read more

Sing Our Story practice sharing with Loud and Clear project at Sage Gateshead

Sing Our Story practice sharing with Loud and Clear project at Sage Gateshead

Last week we enjoyed a musicians practice sharing session with the team from the Loud and Clear project at Sage Gateshead, a project which supports the musical, personal, emotional and communication development of early years looked after, adopted children and their families. Our Sing Our Story programme is in 6 schools and EY settings this term- We’re welcoming new ... Read more

Dancing Together has started!

Dancing Together has started!

We have had a very lovely first three weeks of our Dancing Together Mother&Baby sessions. Our participants have expressed that the sessions supported them to feel “lighter”, “relaxed” and “calm”. Our programme focuses on improving mothers’ wellbeing, working on the links between physical activity and positive mental health. Each session, dance artist Mafe Toledo concentrates on a ... Read more

Story Lab at Coombes Croft Library

Story Lab at Coombes Croft Library

Whilst the days are darker and colder, we have been keeping our spirits up with some fantastic projects in the community. We have started an 8 week Story Lab project, funded by Peabody and London Community Foundation. We welcome families to get in touch and join this exciting opportunity to make films together. You will have the opportunity ... Read more

Black History Month Celebration with Family Jam

Black History Month Celebration with Family Jam

We had a brilliant time working in partnership with Enfield Music Service to hold our first in-person Family Jam in Enfield, funded by Youth Music. We celebrated Black History Month with some African Drumming, Storytelling and songs with Lucky from Inspire Works, Carnival Mask Making with Witty Ditty Designs. The event took place at the brilliant Pop-up store, Culture ... Read more

Our London Community Story

Our London Community Story

We have been lucky enough to be funded by the London Mayor / GLA and Groundwork to share some of the collections of work and responses from children and families to work we did in our local community entitled We Are Here and We Are Still Here during the 2020 lockdown. As part of this ... Read more

Pop Up Green Screen at Green Man

Pop Up Green Screen at Green Man

The Groundswell Arts Team had a brilliant time this Summer working at The Green Man Festival running their Pop Up Green Screen Project linked to the theme of dinosaurs Children and families had the opportunity to make and film their dino cup puppets and then film themselves being chased Jurassic Park eat your heart out ... Read more

We Are Here in Lockdown 2

We Are Here in Lockdown 2

We are currently delivering a new series of events and programmes to support families and responding to their needs in the pandemic following on from work we have developed since May. We were delighted to begin working with a group of 8 families in 1-1 sessions at Woodlands Park Children’s Centre last week. Children and ... Read more

We Are Here (still)

We Are Here (still)

We are really excited to announce that throughout the rest of June and July in order to provide some summer socially distanced fun and building on the success of May’s We Are Here socially distanced festival events we have put together a new programme to inspire some more creativity and culture to brighten up our ... Read more

We Are Here Photo Trail Scavenger Hunt

We Are Here Photo Trail Scavenger Hunt

Thanks to all of the young contributors who have sent photos taken by young people (and the odd parent) over the last month representing children’s experiences in lockdown, we will leave them up for the next week and will be looking to carry out some new events this month as lockdown continues. So watch this ... Read more

Sing Our Story Online Launch

Sing Our Story Online Launch

Sing Our Story – Connecting through Personalised songs Groundswell Arts are launching our Sing Our Story Project online. During this time of crisis and isolation Groundswell Arts are offering the opportunity to work with one of our professional musicians to create a song with you and for you and your family in your home. This ... Read more

Invention Lab: Rube Goldberg Challenge

Invention Lab: Rube Goldberg Challenge

How to Take Part in our Rube Goldberg Challenge Recently we have been working on the development of a new project Invention Lab. Now we are all indoors it feels like the perfect time to share it with you. RUBE GOLDBERG was a Cartoonist famous for drawing complicated contraptions and machines to perform simple tasks ... Read more