Family fun at Creative Newington launch

Creative Newington launch

Families turned out for the Creative Newington project launch on Sunday (May 19).

The project plans to reclaim green spaces for the community by creating a sensory garden, exploring place making through planting and other creative activities such as making mosaic benches.

They plan to develop a resident-led art group and work with Paines Plough – of the Roundabout pop up theatre- to bring theatre to the community.

During the launch at Newington Community Centre families made creative bunting, took part in pot decorating and planting, played games, made dream catchers and enjoyed a barbecue.

It has been made possible after Newington Big Local scooped a £200,000 award for a creative community project.

The scheme is one of 14 across the country to receive a share of a £4million pot from the Creative Civic Change programme.

Creative Civic Change is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Local Trust and is an initiative for communities to use the arts and creativity to address social need in their area.

Sarah Benioff, Director of England at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “People are at the heart of what we do and we believe it is important for them to get involved, have their say and make the changes they want to see. It’s thanks to National Lottery players and this partnership, the Creative Civic Change programme is building stronger networks within communities, whilst bringing them together to tackle issues that are not only affecting them individually, but collectively as a whole.”

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