Al­mond’s £2K boost to lo­cal com­mu­nity

Gift for drama group

West Lothian Courier - - Courier View - Mar­jorie Kerr

Al­mond Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has made a £ 2000 do­na­tion to a com­mu­nity drama project in Liv­ingston.

It in­volves the high school, pri­mary school and nurs­ery as well as com­mu­nity projects in Lady­well.

The project will run two af­ter­school per­for­mance groups (P6-P7 and S1 to S2) to ex­plore is­sues of well-be­ing, em­pa­thy and com­mu­nity co­he­sion.

Both groups will also work with younger and older mem­bers of their lo­cal com­mu­nity to source ad­di­tional ma­te­rial. Led by ex­pe­ri­enced drama and film prac­ti­tion­ers from the com­pany Fire­fly Arts, par­tic­i­pants will de­velop drama, film and sound tech skills to de­vise a pub­lic per­for­mance that weaves to­gether in­ter­gen­er­a­tional views, ex­pe­ri­ence, as­pi­ra­tion and com­mon­al­ity.

Julie-Anne Wad­dell, business ed­u­ca­tion teacher at West Loth­ian coun­cil, said: “The young peo­ple in Lady­well ex­pressed an in­ter­est in hav­ing ac­cess to a drama group. This project will give them the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved in an arts ac­tiv­ity, en­hanc­ing their con­fi­dence and as­pi­ra­tion as well as de­vel­op­ing so­cial, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and cre­ative skills. The in­ter- gen­er­a­tional as­pect makes this an ex­cit­ing project for the whole com­mu­nity.”

Ge­orge Web­ster, chief ex­ec­u­tive at Al­mond, said: “Al­mond Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion is de­lighted to sup­port this ex­cel­lent ini­tia­tive.

“The im­pe­tus for this project has come from young peo­ple in our com­mu­nity and is a fan­tas­tic way of introducing them to the dra­matic arts where they will learn valu­able skills and even more im­por­tantly be helped to de­velop as in­di­vid­u­als. We wish all con­cerned ev­ery suc­cess in this ven­ture and look for­ward to see­ing the per­for­mance in due course.”

Do­na­tion Ge­orge Web­ster of Al­mond Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion hands over the cheque

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