Arts and Culture – group or individual award
The award is for an individual or group who have made a contribution to arts and cultural activities within their community. The activity must have made a difference to their neighbourhood or made the arts more accessible. This could include workshops, public art, exhibitions or performances.
Love2Act is a group that provides drama sessions and workshops in the Wakefield district to children and young people aged four to 14. The drama sessions run on a weekly basis at the Phoenix Centre in Alverthorpe. They offer a wide range of activities involving drama and theatre to young people such as character work, script writing, stage building and voice work. The group provides young people with a chance to perform which helps improve confidence and allows them to make new friends. Love2Act recently received a WDH Community Grant to provide work books to help all the young people improve their art skills.
The Senior Citizens Choir come together to sing and perform to help reduce social isolation in older people. They are fantastic and every time they perform people can’t help but sing along and enjoy their performance. The Choir has performed at several WDH independent living schemes such as Bembridge House, Croftlands and Newfield House. Schemes have requested additional performances as they enjoy it so much and are always happy to take part.
El Dance Studios was set up two years ago as there were no other dance schools in the area. They offer lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, street dance, adult fit steps as well as a class for boys to encourage them into dance. The group offers financial support to families who are struggling to afford the cost of the class fees. They also support a number of children who are autistic or have disabilities to take part in the classes. The lessons increase confidence, encourage the children to build friendships and are fully inclusive. El Dance Studios has a support group of parents, who raise funds to provide extra equipment and costumes for shows. Since moving into the new accommodation in January 2019 membership has doubled. The dance school has overcome issues to enable them to become an established part of the Hemsworth community.
The deadline to vote is Friday 27 September
The final will take place at Cedar Court (Wakefield) on Thursday 24 October 2019