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Winter workshops – try your hand at…

Bekah, Lou and Jemma - just some of the people behind the workshops...

RESERVE YOUR PLACES HERE FOR…

TV production….? telling stories using shadow puppetry and filming the results…? getting Boxing fit for the New Year…? plate spinning or aerial skills with two circus skill workshops…? or how about a lip synch battle at Lou’s Big Night? And for those of you who are Year 9+ and tired out by the thought of all that activity then why not drop in and chill out with Bekah and Zoe from the Rendezvous?

These are all FREE sessions open to young people (11-19) in Gillingham, Dorset. But, there are some age restrictions and numbers are limited so please reserve your space early.

Wednesday 17 January 6pm-8pm – (Year 8+)
TV Taster – with Marianne (The Rendezvous)
BOOK HERE – Gillingham Youth Collective event tickets from TicketSource
PERMISSION SLIP – https://shorturl.at/pyHT2

Thursday 18 January – 6.30pm – 8pm – (Year 7+)
Circus Skills 1 – with Simon Chainey
BOOK HERE – Gillingham Youth Collective event tickets from TicketSource
PERMISSION SLIP – https://shorturl.at/dimRZ

Wednesday 24 January – 6pm – 8pm – (Year 7+)
Shadow Puppetry Films – with Marianne (The Rendezvous)
BOOK HERE – Gillingham Youth Collective event tickets from TicketSource
PERMISSION SLIP – https://shorturl.at/nqNV8

Thursday 25 January – 6pm – 8pm – (Year 7+)
Boxing Fitness 1 – Shaun Weeks (SW Boxing in association with Sturminster Newton Boxing Club)
BOOK HERE – Gillingham Youth Collective event tickets from TicketSource
PERMISSION SLIP – https://shorturl.at/ckpvy

Wednesday 31 January – 6.30pm – 8.30pm (Year 7+)
Steamship Circus Skills 2 (Aerial) – Steamship Youth Circus
BOOK HERE – Gillingham Youth Collective event tickets from TicketSource
PERMISSION SLIP – https://shorturl.at/jkL18

Thursday 1 February – 6pm – 7.30pm (Year 9+)
Coffee Bar Drop – with Bekah and Zoe (The Rendezvous)
BOOK HERE – Gillingham Youth Collective event tickets from TicketSource
PERMISSION SLIP – https://rb.gy/xzjq4z

Wednesday 7 February – Times to be confirmed (Year 7+)
Lou’s Big Night Out – Lip Synch Battles – with Lou (The Rendezvous)
BOOK HERE – Gillingham Youth Collective event tickets from TicketSource
PERMISSION SLIP – https://rb.gy/wrwsuo

Thursday 9 February – 7pm – 8pm (Year 7+)
Boxing Fitness 2 – Shaun Weeks (SW Boxing in association with Sturminster Newton Boxing Club)
BOOK HERE – Gillingham Youth Collective event tickets from TicketSource
PERMISSION SLIP – https://shorturl.at/efvH4

Because spaces are limited you MUST reserve a place by filling in the form on the Ticketsource website using the link above AND complete a parental permission form for each session you sign up for.

Please only sign up if you genuinely want to take part and can definitely be there.

Thank you!

Gillingham Youth Club – News

We are sorry to announce that from January 2024 Gillingham Youth Club will be taking a break from delivering club sessions whilst they recruit a new Youth Club Leader.

The youth club provides many valued opportunities for young people in Gillingham and so we hope it won’t be too long before the Club finds a new and energetic project leader to take it forward.

And, if you think you might be that person or know someone who could be then you can find out more about the role here: Gillingham Youth Club- Lead youth Worker.

In the meantime, the Gillingham Youth Collective will be organising some taster workshops in January and February for young people. They are not traditional youth club sessions and spaces will be limited but they are free and open to young people (depending on their age) in Gillingham, Dorset.

You can find out more about the programme of workshops and how to book a place here.

Media Makers – media, imagination and lots of fun

Take a look at what our Media Makers have been up to as they unleashed their imagination, grew their confidence, made new friends and had fun.

This short 10min film gives just a taste of what these 21 young people from Gillingham School got up to in a series of workshops that introduced them to the excitement of TV production.

Hope you have as much fun watching it as we had making it.

PS: There’s more to come… this is just the start of it.

Parkour and Graffiti Art – FREE sessions


Come along to Harding’s Park and have a go at parkour and graffiti – all free.

Parkour Experiences: learn the basics of Parkour and its philosophy of respect for each other, the surroundings and develop your own physical and mental strengths. 

Graffiti: Dan from Styles of Somerset, is well known on the graffiti art circuit – join him to learn how to create bubble letters, how to stencil on canvas or old records (all provided free) and paint on boards that you can take home.  Bring old clothes!

FREE – Friday 2 June (11am-3pm)
Harding’s Park, Gillingham 
Weather dependent

Contact Bekah (The Rendezvous):  07485 913372

Christmas and New Year Update

Photo Pierre Bamin, Unsplash

Christmas is a busy time of year and it has played havoc with some of the plans but 2023 is just round the corner and it’s going to be great!

Media Makers 2 are going to be playing catch-up after illness and work experience days meant cancelling the last two sessions in December. So, we’ll be back in the New Year to carry on – there’s more editing to do and an film screening to organise and agreeing the next steps – because it doesn’t end there. There are other little films to make and more specialist workshops to run at weekends.

Young Leaders, have had a fantastic year. Many of the group who have been running activities with younger children are near to completing their ASDAN leadership qualification which will be great for their CVs but more importantly for themselves and their own personal development. Young Leaders will be starting back as normal at Youth Club after New Year.

We expect there to be more parkour as the weather improves, new workshops and a summer event – and, if all goes well, we’re hoping to be able to hold an outdoor cinema night to the mix, so watch this space.

Finally – a huge thank you to our fantastic Young Leaders, our Media Makers, the young people who’ve run, jumped and skated, painted and bounced at events, the organisations who’ve hosted and supported us – the Gillingham Town Council, the Slade Centre, Gillingham Youth Centre, Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Gillingham School.

We hope you all have a great Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2023.

Cancelled – Silent Night

Photo by Dominik Mecko on Unsplash

We’re sorry to announce that as the result of unforeseen circumstances the Silent Night Silent Disco has been cancelled.

Ticket holders have been notified by email.

Silent Night – Silent Disco

Friday 16 December 2022

Book your ticket early and get your glitter on ready for Gillingham’s ‘Silent Night’ silent disco!

There are two sessions for different age groups and it’s absolutely free but you must book your ticket in advance because of the number of headphones available. Tickets must be booked individually – any problems then please get in touch – contacts below.

BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE

Session 1: 5pm – 7pm (Year 7-9 / Age 11-14)
Session 2: 8pm – 10pm (Year 10-13/ Age 14-18)
Venue: Space Inflaters, 22 Brickfields Business Park, Gillingham SP8 4PX

Any questions then please get in touch by email: info@gycollective.com or text: 07485 913372.
Accessibility: The Space Inflaters site is fully accessible.

REMEMBER
No ticket – no entry!
No alcohol or drugs!
No antisocial behaviour

Media Makers 2

Media Maker | Vision mixer

Our second Media Makers group have been having loads of fun working with film makers to create their own newsreels, using a mix of location filming and multi-camera studio shoots.

Media Makers 2 | cake decoration for a news item
Media Makers 2 | TV studio in action
Media Makers 2 | getting to grips with green screen at Halloween

Everyone’s had the chance to try all aspects of production and then spend more time on the thing they like doing best which could be scripting, presenting in front of the camera, camera work, and directing or vision mixing.

Young people from our first Media Makers group who took part in the filmed consultation project in the summer have stayed on as Media Maker Leads to support those new to the project and the project leaders are really grateful to them for all the help they’re able to give.

We’re hoping to run community based themed taster workshops on Saturdays early next year so watch this space if you want to get involved.

Runs, jumps, flies

Run, jump, fly

October half term we held an Introduction to Parkour session in Harding’s Park. Young people came along and had tuition from two amazing tutors and were soon flying through the air, jumping over ‘horses’ and making the most of the physical environment including play frames and boulders.

The day was open to everyone and the tutors who teach parkour across the south west were brilliant at working with young people of all ages. Zoe and Bekah were on hand to manage the event and Katie, one of our star Media Makers came along to the film event.

Feedback was very positive and everyone wanted to know when the team would be back – the answer is watch this space! It’s a bit wet and wild at the moment but as the weather improves in the spring we hope to be able to run more.

Parkour | It wasn’t all about the boys…
Parkour | Air horse

Cinema and skateboarding top the leader board…

Cinema and skateboarding seem to be the most popular things that young people want access to in Gillingham. Over 400 people have filled in our survey so far and if you’ve not filled it in – then why not?! There might be other things that you are interested in but we need you to tell us.

You can let us know what you think here – it really does take only two minutes.

We might not be able to actually build a cinema but it’s got us thinking and we are exploring the possibility of holding outdoor cinema nights. We could also arrange for regular skateboard lessons for those who’ve never been on one before but fancy a go as well as those who want to master their next trick.

Meanwhile others have suggested free yoga classes, art clubs, cooking, bike tracks. We want to make sure that there’s room for smaller activities too so don’t be shy in coming forward with ideas.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/funthingstodoingillingham