We run a mini ambassador programme every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 3:45 – 4:45pm at the Sutton Hall in South Shields. Tuesday for ages 4-7 and Thursday for ages 8-11.
Over the last few months, the mini ambassadors have been working with a local artist, Padma, exploring Rangoli which is a form of art that is used for religious purposes and as a decorative greeting. The children and young people have been working on creativity, designing patterns and using resources such as rice, beans and colouring to create Rangoli on tiles. The work the young women have created was displayed at the local International Women’s Day event held in March to celebrate women of different ages and from different ethnic backgrounds coming together and sharking skills.
We have designed a passport for the young women which allows them to document their skills and achievements and then progress onto a higher level.
The children have been working with a fitness instructor from Start 2 Finish sports at the end of every month, developing self-esteem, leadership skills and increasing overall fitness levels.
The overall aim of the mini ambassadors is to provide a safe gender specific environment for children to learn new skills whilst take part in a range of activities.
The plan is to continue to work through the passport, gain new skills and take part in activities covering topics including hairdressing, general fitness, dance and sports leadership training.