Young people living at Edmonds Court Foyer in Small Heath, Birmingham, took part in workshops last month as part of Black History month which culminated in a cultural celebration event which proved to be a massive hit with young people living at the scheme.
Two Coventry University Occupational Therapy (OT) students currently on placement at the project helped organise workshops in advance of the event. One of the workshops was to as a group produce a large piece of artwork. Each young person was given a piece of canvas. These were then joined together to produce a larger piece and this has since been mounted on a wall at the scheme.
OT student Jackie said: “The art workshops helped reveal great artistic talent in one young man who up to that point hadn’t really been engaging. He did some designs on paper that were actually really good so we encouraged him to create a bigger version as part of the decorations in the training room”.
Other young residents were given the materials to make streamers and this group helped decorate the room too.
Two young people offered to cook popular Carribean dishes to share this food with other residents; Popcorn Chicken and Ackee and Saltfish which is known as Jamaica’s national dish. Edmonds Court staff provided the ingredients for these dishes and the young people cooked them together in the projects’ training kitchen.
The students had a quiz planned for the evening. Two young residents performed together, one singing and the other rapping and this proved so popular with the young people that this then formed the evening’s entertainment with the young people taking and performing requests.
Manager of Edmonds Court Lea Jackson said: “The event was organised by our OT students and we provided the means to do it but for the most part it was young people teaching other young people about their own cultures. There was a great atmosphere on the night, everyone was really interested and it brought all the young residents together in one big celebration!”.
Young resident Martin D said: “It was fun! People were singing and rapping and the young people and staff were dancing; everyone was having a good time!”.
Young resident, Hajra, 19 said: “I’m still buzzing from it, everyone loved it, it was amazing!”