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Arts Charity resumes youth workshops post lockdown return

Diaspora Arts and Education Charity has resumed their youth workshops post lockdown with free classes starting from this evening, December 11. 
Diaspora Arts and Education Charity resumes youth sessions from December 11 (Picture: Diaspora charity)

The charity that works to promote unity and celebrate multiculturalism is keen to work with young people in the city and offer them a space to indulge in creative, community-based activities. 

However, despite a busy calendar for December, the charity has had to put some of its sessions hold due to the second lockdown. 

Nevertheless, they are excited to return and are hopeful for some interesting sessions with the city’s youth. 

In December, there will be holding a Mural arts project at Gladstone Park Community as part of their NexGenYouth Club at Gladstone Park Community Centre, Peterborough between 5-7pm. 

Karima Shah from the charity said: "We are back from Lockdown and we are going to be focusing on youth work currently, we are working closely with young people and are offering free workshops. We want to invite young people, schools, youth groups, youth and people who are genuinely interested and enthused about developmental and outreach youth work.  

"We are happy with the work, but the lockdown slowed us down as has the wet weather over the past few weeks. We are however planning with local councillors, Community First, Up The Garden Bath and Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services. We are creating a videologue of our work to inform people of our work progress."

Going forward, the charity is looking to continue Arts Against Racism in Spring 2021 and are connecting with lots of the talented artists in the area. They have new work planned with the young people with the support of Councillor Ansar Ali and aforementioned partners.  

They are also interested in working and connecting with local schools for their youth projects.

Some of the projects include: 

  • Ortons Youth Art Project 2020-21 with Schools, Orton Wistow Parish Council, Nene Park Trust, with the support of Cllr Julie Howell
  • PCVS Youth Graphic Arts project- T Shirt Printing via Zoom workshops from January 9 to 30 2021
  • Up the Garden Bath projects in Orton, Yaxley and Central Peterborough Millfield and central Peterborough PE1 PE2 areas

Karima added: "We look forward to building closer relations with schools, businesses and are proud to be working with the community, to make a lovelier place, for all  the people of Peterborough and to add to the cultural heritage and make works that visitors continue to support."

The charity has received a £100 funding from Peterborough city councillor for North Ward, Ansar Ali, towards launching a website, which we will be updating as more projects are created to keep the communities and public informed. 

The charity can also be contacted via their social media profiles

Interested people can sign up for free classes or to volunteer with Diaspora here