Thanks to Jasmine Thomas, Arts Administration Apprentice at the Venture Community Association for the words.
On Saturday 8 August 450 local people attended the Venture Centres well-loved Family Fun Day. There was food, music, face painting, stalls, bouncy castle, Spider Mountain, animal magic and great entertainment from African Dance and Tip Top Dance School. It was an amazing opportunity for all generations to come together and have a lovely day in the sunshine.
Venture is a community centre that is all about being there for local people and being run by local people; all the volunteers and staff that put the wonderful day together were all from the North Kensington area. There was a real feeling of togetherness and community.
Notting Hill Nurseries Carnival
The Venture Centre’s children won the Notting Hill Nurseries Carnival for the first time ever on Monday 10 August. The theme for this year was ‘Emerald City’ and under the creative direction of Randolph, our new Activity Worker, thechildren and a team of enthusiastic volunteers, designed and made their own decorative costumes.
They produced a range of magnificent costumes that led to the children becoming award winning. This was a learning experience for everyone involved, and all those involved had to think on their feet as they were working with a limited amount of material and equipment.
For instance when making the head dresses they had to use foam board, chicken wire and wrap around foam when normally they would be made with better quality materials. Randolph says that “it was a great learning curve and amazing way to kick off his new role with potential of doing Sunday carnival for kids next year” and that “it was a lot of hard work but it had great rewards.” The kids played a massive part, not just in helping putting it together by wearing costumes, but also by taking on their roles and doing a fantastic performance.
Hopefully we can win again next year!