Jumpstart is an exciting two-year project in partnership with Broadland Housing.
We were approached by managers from the Broadland Housing hostel on Dibden Road about a new initiative they had developed. By introducing a range of positive, meaningful activities the residents – many of which were facing issues with homelessness and drug and alcohol misuse – were able to commit to a routine of interesting and exciting activities, all focussed around the interests and ideas of the residents.
We put together a team of two experienced community musicians, supported by a fantastic volunteer and made plans to deliver a weekly two hour session where residents had the freedom and support to engage in a range of music making activities.
Since the project started in January the residents have composed a range of original music, worked on performances, produced beats and written raps, made soundtracks and generally created an atmosphere of creativity and depth.
Part of the projects outcome, aside from creating positive experiences for the often vulnerable and disadvantaged residents, we want to improve the presence of the hostel within the immediate community, to reduce feelings of isolation and to strengthen community relationships.
To do this we plan to put on a Jumpstart showcase every six months. The showcases will no doubt take a different form each time whether it’s an installation, a performance, a recording or a collection of photography.
The first showcase is on the 21st July at the hostel at 2 Dibden Road, NR3 4RR. Our staff will facilitate an inclusive music-making workshop for everyone to join in from 10:00 – 11:00. At 11.00-12.00 the residents, supported by our staff, will perform a range of material they have composed (if you like prog or left-of-centre jazz then you’re in for a treat!).
So come and join us on the 21st to support the project, to help us grow roots within the community and to show support for people within the community that are often overlooked, isolated and in need of help.