Refugee children take the stage

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News.

Thanks to funding from The Gateshead Housing Company, refugee children in Gateshead have been taking part in performing arts.

During the school holidays the children were involved in a stage school organised by the GLAS Performing Arts Academy and funded by £1700 from the housing company’s Refugee Integration Fund.

The stage school, which was held at Gateshead Leisure Centre, gave the children a chance to sing and dance to a Disney theme.

GLAS Performing Arts Academy aims to give affordable opportunities in performing arts to all sectors of the community. It wants to provide “Arts for everyone” in the form of tuition and workshops covering music, dance, drama and fitness, while encouraging the community to actively engage in activities together.

Children from the wider Gateshead community also attended the stage school, giving the refugee children the opportunity to interact with others and make friends in the local area.

Victoria Freeman, Refugee Community Network Officer, said: “The children had a great time singing and dancing and they put on a fantastic final performance at the end of the week.

“The benefits to the children involved have been massive. Their language skills have improved immensely and there has been a noticeable confidence boost among them.

“This is just one of many initiatives by the housing company to help the refugee community integrate with the Gateshead community and settle into their new home.”

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Photo: The children at Gateshead Leisure Centre, with staff from GLAS and Refugee Community Network Officer Victoria Freeman