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Creative Connections workshops enable young people with additional needs to try a variety of progressive arts activities, that range from traditional (eg song-writing) to cutting edge (eg coding). Workshops are five hours in length and based around a central group activity where participants can work as part of a team or focus on a personal objective, and activities are often connected to the community or cover themes pertinent to Norwich and Norfolk. we can offer places without support for participants that are independent, or places with 1:1 support for those that require a little assistance.

There is a range of bespoke activities that can be delivered, that match the interests and abilities of any given group. The activities generally on offer range from songwriting, animation, film making, green screen, movement, junk percussion, foley sound and music technology.

Here is a video taken at Creative Connections during the summer 2019, it was made by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The film demonstrates the continuous need for funding that charities like ours face but it also does a great job of describing the atmosphere and activities of a typical session:

 

And here is one of the many movies (and soundtrack) the group have made:

 

dates for 2019:

20th February  - April 10th – May 29th – 7th, 14th & 21st August – 30th October

To book, please telephone us on 01603 766690 or email oliver@musicalkeys.co.uk

Creative Connections runs in Norwich (at CREATE, in Trowse), in the school holidays. Workshops run from 10am – 3pm (5 hours) and are aimed at 12+ year olds with low to moderate support needs

 

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example session

The session is green screen movie making. After an initial meet and greet activity facilitated by the creative team the group discuss any preformed ideas they have or would like to focus on and if they relate to their community. The group decide to create a faux weather forecast presentation which relates to the possible effects of global warming. Two members of the group feel less comfortable working in the large group and so are supported in making props for the movie.

The rest of the group get to work on a short storyboard. The materials and equipment have already been set up and so the group move into place to begin filming. Time runs out before the group have time to complete editing their short presentation and so this is completed by Musical Keys outside of the session and sent to the participants via a link to a private YouTube video with the option for downloading.

Musical Keys runs Creative Connections as an approved provider by Norfolk County Council of Short Breaks (intended to give disabled children and their families a break from their caring responsibilities). The sessions can therefore be paid for using Short Breaks or other personal budgets, direct payments or other means. If you are unsure about whether you can or should book onto Creative Connections, please get in touch by emailing oliver@musicalkeys.co.uk or telephone us on 01603 766690.