VARIOUS SKILLS LEARNED THROUGH BOUNCING BACK
We offer a wide range of projects to help improve skills, abilities and confidence. From individual to group programmes Regent Park Studios facilitates the Bouncing Back Programme by helping us offer a diverse and comprehensive range of activities that include:
Trampolining featuring – Indoor Bouldering – Tumble Track – Climbing – Free Running –Geocaching – Circus Skills – Nerf Wars – Street Dancing – Archery – TaeKwonDo and much more.
According to a parental survey taken in 2015, two in three teens don’t know how to change a flat tire, check or change the oil or jump-start a battery. They are also unable to identify basic car parts or perform emergency roadside repairs.
One element in our programme that always goes down well is his, ‘Do you know how to help keep your car road worthy’. This is a useful part of the life-skills and work experience programme we bring to the young people.
HISTORY: The concept of the artificial climbing wall began in the UK. The first wall was created in 1964 by Don Robinson, a lecturer in Physical Education by inserting pieces of rock into a corridor wall. The first commercial wall was built in Sheffield, traditionally England’s centre for climbing due to its proximity to the Peak District.The first indoor climbing gym in the U.S. was established by the Vertical World in Seattle, WA in 1987.
This is a fun sport and great way to build strength and confidence. Here as all our regulars know Regent Park Studios has one of the best indoor Wall Climbing facilities in the North West.
There is a lot of concentration and skill required to take up rock climbing. We have the facilities to develop these skills and offer a unique challenge. While it can be done without any equipment whatsoever, most climbers use climbing shoes to help secure footholds, chalk to keep their hands dry, and climbing mats to prevent injuries from falls.
POPPY DAY – LEST WE FORGET
The red poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem ‘In Flanders Field’ written by Canadian physician Leiutenant-Colonel John McCrae. After reading the poem, Moina Michael, a professor at the University of Georgia, wrote, ‘We Shall Remember,’ and swore to wear a red poppy on the anniversary. The custom spread to Europe and the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth within three years. Poppies were worn for the first time at the 1921 anniversary ceremony.
Our poppy garden was designed and created by the members of our After School Club Children.
Lest we forget.
CREATIVE T-SHIRT WEAVING
We offers many types of interesting and skilled activities from a range of freelance experts. One of which is T-shirt weaving.
T-shirt weaving is a fun and easy way to add some attitude to your wardrobe. This session was taken by Emer-Jay and gave our students the chance to take an old t-shirt and turn it into a piece of art, stylizing it for a modern wardrobe.
We were very pleased with this participants creation.
‘THE WALL’ GRAFFITI PROJECT
In association with local secondary schools our young people embarked on a projected called: ‘THE WALL’ The wall is situated outside Regent Park Studios and the object was to feature their favourite activities, projects, learned skills or things of significance displayed in a ‘graffiti style’ mural under the guidance of graffiti artist Christian Fenn.
Christian is a specialist graffiti artist from Fleetwood, met with young people to discuss and work out the design and process of creating the wall. By September the vision was complete and the Bouncing Back Kids happy with their creation.
According to certain researchers, the first Gingerbread Houses were the result of the well-known Grimm’s fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” where the two children abandoned in the forest found an edible house made of bread with sugar decorations.
What a perfect idea for Halloween.
One of the things we like to do is give our students and young people a reward for good attendance and good work. A popular activity is cake baking. But the one that gets the mouths watering is most fun and entertaining is making a Gingerbread House.
On this occasion our participants took to the task with fiendish delight and created some fine and tasty work that they both were proud of.
KIDWISE – FOREST MUSIC VIDEO
KIDWISE released FOREST as a single in 2014. We were happy to help our young person Callum get a leading role in the music video. This was his first acting role and though he found the work harder than expected, he applied himself to the job and produced an excellent performance.
Geocaching is the real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now, all around you. There are 2,472,787 active geocaches and over 6 million geocachers worldwide.
The reason we like to use Geocaching as part of our programme is to help young people develop the skills involved in using a GPS, to fellowship with like-minded people, to create purpose and excitement in working out and locating an object, to find really cool stuff, to get really good at it and teach others.
Geocaching has been a popular feature in our Summer Programmes as well as with the Bouncing Back Programme.
Regent Park Studios is renowned for its Trampoline facility. Within our Bouncing Back Programme, students can use this facility in a variety of ways:
1 – It helps them dissipate energy before starting academic work.
2 – Gain qualifications through our training programme.
3 – Improve confidence, strength and self belief.
This photo shows one of our students doing a ‘Hand-stand 360’. Prior to joining the programme he had never been on a trampoline before. At this point he had reached Trampoline Level 12.
PLAYING CARDS – MATHS CAN BE FUN
Math with playing cards can add a lot of fun to any lesson. You can certainly use playing cards along with base ten blocks for teaching number identification. It can also be used for improving memory. At the end you can test your skills at construction.
STAGE & THEATRE MAKE-UP
Emer-Jay has provide us with other skill learning opportunities. One of her great talents is as a henna and make-up artist. ‘Stage Make-up and body art’. This gives students the opportunity to learn the basics of make-up and body art and gain an understanding in the technical side of prosthetics. There is a need for attention to detail when applying the craft.
FOOTBALL SHOOT-OUT PROJECT
Bob can be seen here supporting one of the young people from our ‘Bouncing Back Programme’. He’s helping him create a ‘Shoot-Out Football Game’ for the Kids in the ‘After School Club’ as part of his students work experience programme.
We were very please to have Bob help us out on this project. He’s worked in a local community for many years helping troubled young people with challenging behaviour.
THE ART OF HENNA
Henna is a dye made from a plant and comes from the mignonette tree. The name henna also refers to and the temporary body art based on those dyes. It has been used historically to dye skin, hair and fingernails, as well as fabrics. Here are some samples of ‘Decorative body art’ produced during one of our workshop.