“There should be a friend who walks with you till the end!”

As part of our Many Voices 3-year intercultural project (supported by Big Lottery and Community Foundation for Calderdale) we have developed  a new creative project with Mums & Girls from Beech Hill Primary School in Halifax. The Mums and their daughters come from different backgrounds and represent the diverse cultural mix of Calderdale communities …

#FRIENDS

Here’s a bit of feedback from one of the Mums and one of the Daughters … we think you’ll like it!

“Oh it was such a delightful session … It was joyous – the mix of the group is great and the mums being with their daughters I think both parties are really excited to see each other in a different way, and for some of the mums, to see themselves in a different way.

“I want to see my Mum doing things she doesn’t normally do, I just see her doing ‘mum’ things’, that’s what I’m excited about!!”

“It has been hard for me, only being in U.K for 3 years, not making any friends, my confidence is so low. For me this is an opportunity to step out of my role in life and try new things, to meet new people and make new friends … and importantly, for my daughter to see me doing all these new things.”

When the session began, the Mums were a little unsure, as it is very much out of their comfort zone. Whereas the children were just unbelievably excited. But everyone wrote, and made art together, and all sang and spoke from their hearts about how they felt about the session …

A Daughter’s writing:

A good friend is …
Someone you play with and have fun with.
Someone that helps you.
Someone that makes you feel protected.
A good friend doesn’t lie to you
A person who loves you
Will always be with you.
Saves secrets like the last piece of cake in the fridge
But when they leave darkness takes place
Joy is no more.

A Mum’s writing:

A good friend is …
A person who is near your heart; Partner in sorrows and happiness.
Someone who supports you through thick and thin,
Someone who you will trust with your life
Someone who always gives you advice that helps you throughout life.
A shoulder to lean on for good, bad
Whom we connect with in any situation, heart to heart, soul to soul.

Thanks to funders Big Lottery Fund Community Foundation for Calderdaleand partners Square Chapel Arts Centre Project 1325 WomenCentre Home-Start Calderdale @beechhillsch

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