‘What Community Means To Me’

A Community Arts Project for women from In Her Shoes Birmingham CIC, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Our project will offer participatory song writing workshops for women to express their views on ‘What Community Means to Me’ to create new songs to be shared.

We know that by creating intentional spaces to bring women together to share experiences we can build empathy and a stronger sense of community and belonging.

Through this project, we will be offering a mix of one-off workshops and series of workshops from January to March 2020 in Birmingham. Workshops will be participatory for women and girls with no previous musical experience required.

Women will be invited to share what they love about their community and what they would like to change, creating a new song or lyric at each workshop. Each workshop will be facilitated by a professional musician and a group worker, who are local women.

The project will culminate in a sharing event in Birmingham City Centre to celebrate International Women’s day in March 2020, showcasing the voices of disadvantaged or isolated women and girls from the city. At this event, participants from the workshops will share their lyrics and songs with each other and with members of the public.

Our partners include: Anawim; ASIRT; George Dixon Primary School; Malachi; Moseley Community Hub at The School of Art; The Real Junk Food Project; Refugee Action in the West Midlands; South Birmingham Women’s Enterprise Hub; St George’s school, Ladywood. We will work with community partners to enable us to reach women who are disadvantaged: women experiencing domestic violence and abuse; women who are asylum seekers or refugees; women with mental health issues; women who feel lonely and socially isolated; and mothers in deprived communities in Birmingham.

Please get in touch with us if you would like to support the project or introduce us to women who would like to participate. Contact Lou Atkin lou.atkin@inhershoes.org.uk or through our website http://inhershoes.org.uk.

Who we are:

We created In Her Shoes Birmingham CIC in 2019 following a successful series of women’s song writing workshops and a performance of the March of the Women to celebrate 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage, involving over 100 women in South Birmingham, funded by the Government Equalities Office. As local women, we are concerned about the increasing polarisation of views in our community and want to create spaces for women and girls to build community.

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‘What Community Means To Me’ – a Community Arts Project for women from In Her Shoes Birmingham CIC, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.