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Wild Things

By Steve Cooke

In this column we delight in shining a light on our inspirational creatives. Recently one such person, our very own Sue Devaney, introduced me to fellow thespian, the effervescent Nancy Monaghan.

Nancy is infectiously passionate about the work she is doing as CE0 of Wild Things.

Wild Things CIC is a not-for-profit performing arts organisation with most of its activities in Rochdale and Oldham. Wild Things focuses on individuality and inclusion in all its activities. Projects, workshops, and classes aim to allow individuals to realise what is great about them and to celebrate it through creative expression. The team is made up of professional actors, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, comedians and writers and projects are tailored to respond to what the community needs.

Nancy tells me ‘We currently have two projects we are looking for participants for: Another World and First Steps into Music.'

Another World

A play-reading group, funded by Action Together Rochdale, in partnership with Touchstones. Young people have been hugely affected by the isolation brought about by the covid pandemic and increasing numbers of 11–18-year-olds are suffering from social anxiety. This group is a no-pressure social gathering, where young people meet every week to read a play together. Sessions are free and Wild Things supply a hot drink and a snack. There is no preparation work to do, no homework and there is no 'final product' to work towards. Just 10 young people, gathering every week to read a play and discuss it together! The project begins on Wednesday 2nd March and will run every week in term-time until the end of the academic year, at Touchstones Cafe in Rochdale.

Registration Form - Another World – Google Forms

Term 1, Wednesdays 4-6pm, Touchstones Cafe, 2nd March-6th April

First Steps into Music

Music is a universal language and a proven tool to help babies and young children develop communication skills. It's also a beautiful way for a parent to bond with their child! The First Steps into Music classes, funded for 2 years by RBH and Youth Music UK will allow parents of 0-4yr olds to access free weekly 30-minute introductory music sessions, helping them to have fun and bond with their child, whilst learning valuable communication skills together through music-making! The sessions will be held on Mondays at the venues in Heywood: Heywood Library, Back O'th Moss Community Centre, Derby Street Surestart Centre and Crimble Croft Community Centre.

Registration Form - First Steps into Music - Google Forms

Phone: 0161 513 8913

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