Young people united

Promoting an awareness of African and Caribbean culture, through arts, educational and social programmes.

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Medway African and Caribbean Association is pleased to announce its latest workshops for young people in Kent and Medway. The programme has been made possible through funding received from Youth Music, National lottery Good causes  and Arts Council England 

A Journey to Music

This programme which launches on 25th September seeks to provide young people an opportunity to develop skills in singing, song writing and music production.

Music Production

The music production workshops will be led by Uchan Hatari of Mid Kent College, and will provide an introduction to the skills required in mixing and producing music.

When will they take place

Fortnightly on Saturday from 25th September until the end of March ( excluding bank holidays )

Where

Mid Kent College
Medway Rd
Gillingham
Kent
ME7 1FN

Time

2pm – 4pm

Age group

6-25

Active Trailblazer Workshops

Medway African and Caribbean Association are pleased to be launching the first in a programme of activities for young people across Medway and Kent. We have been able to host these workshops with funding received from Kent Sport, Sport England and National Lottery.

Free Dance Workshops

What’s on offer?

The workshops will include Hip-hop styles and urban dance styles as well as many other dance styles with the award-winning tutor Hanna AkK Trilzy, presented by A Star Foundation. Hannah has danced with Boy Blue entertainment and IMD legion for several years, she represents the UK on a world level, and holds the title for over 18 UDO world champion soloist 2018 and 2019. She has performed with Steff London and more recently in Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits music video.

The workshops aim to give young people a thorough understanding of Hip-hop, street dance, with opportunities to also choreograph and possibly even teach a class. This programme aims to help develop, motivate and build confidence.

When will they take place?

The workshops will take place every Monday from 20th September 2021 and run through to the end of March 2022.

Times: Ages 7-12 years, 5-6 pm and ages 7-12: 6-7 pm

Please note there will be no classes during the Christmas and New year holidays

Where are they taking place?

Medway Youth Services
Gillingham and Twydall Family Hub
Woodlands Road
Gillingham
ME7 2BX

Do I need to have any previous experience

These workshops are for all abilities, new and experienced dancers.

What ages can attend?

The ages will range from 7 up to 20 yrs and the classes will be split to make sure all participants have access to their capability level and grow at their own pace.

What will I receive?

A great opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends 😊 You will need to wear suitable clothing and footwear to take part in dance. E.g leggings, tracksuit, trainers

Is there a fee?

These workshops are free to take part

If you would like more information, please email ola@macacharity.org.uk

An introduction to Martial Arts

These classes are now full, however if you would like to be added to the waiting list please email ola@macacharity.org.uk

How will we keep young people safe?

MACA has a safeguarding children policy, all staff are checked to make sure they are safe to work with children and young people and have no criminal convictions that prevent them from working with young people.

If during the activities you or your parent/guardian are concerned about your own safety or any other young person in the sessions, please advise the tutor straight away.

Why do you need my personal details?

We need to make sure that we are keeping everyone safe and that only those who have registered to attend are at the sessions. This is also in case of fire or if anyone tests positive for COVID 19. We will not share your personal information such as your name, address date of birth to anyone else, only the team delivering the sessions and the project team. This information is kept securely and destroyed 6 months after the project ends or sooner.

If anyone tests positive for COVID we will notify participants of the need to self-isolate, however, no names will be given.

The funders require us to send data on the ethnicity, age, gender of those who took part to help them monitor if a wide range of young people can access the activities, names and addresses will not be shared.

Can I sign up for dance and martial arts?

Yes, you can!

Do I need to go to all the sessions?

You can attend on dates you are available. The more you go, the quicker and more you learn. For martial arts, if you are considering a grading, you will need to attend on a regular basis.

How do I register?

Please fill in your details on the online registration form if you are under 18, you will need a parent or legal guardian to provide consent.

Medway Culture Club

Medway African and Caribbean Association and YPU are proud to be working with Medway Culture Club to launch a Saturday school for young people in Kent.

To get involved or to find out more please visit:

Youth HipOpera

Thank you to all the young people that took part in the Windrush Hip Hopera project, the journey continues.

We are pleased to be able to show the highlights of the project to you.

We look forward to working with the young people on completing a final production for 2021.

In partnership with Theatre31, funded by Arts Council England Youth Performance Partnership Fund

YPU is a sub group of MACA

It was founded in 2014 by three friends from diverse backgrounds. Their friendship not their differences saw them create this group. Safiya, Chris and Holly’s vision was to form a group for the youth of Medway. Sadly in 2015 Safiya passed away but her legacy lives on. During the annual Young Black Achievers Awards YPU awards are given to honour her memory.

We now need the next generation of Medway’s young people to take part and grow YPU. We are currently working in conjunction with a USDD dance academy to create a HipHop Opera in 2020! We are also hoping to re start our Saturday school. Saturday school will offer a safe place to discuss and learn about heritage, culture and practical support where possible with maths, English and ICT. If this all sounds like something you would like to get involved in then get in contact with us.