Lincolnshire County Council Culture & Adult Education New Arrivals Project Current work with New Arrivals Community Newsletter The Access Team are currently working with Lincolnshire’s diverse communities on the creation of a community inspired newsletter. The aim is to make information regarding community activities (community businesses, community events, etc) accessible via a community newsletter which will be available in Portuguese, Polish, Romanian and English and distributed quarterly throughout the county. The team are currently working with community volunteers from four different countries who have now settled in Lincolnshire – on content for the first edition which will be available in spring 2008. Editorials and interviews will centre on life in Lincolnshire for new arrivals, written by the communities themselves. The Community Newsletter will also provide community groups and individuals with an opportunity to promote newly established businesses (i.e. The Polish store and Portuguese eatery in Lincoln) and community events (for example the National Polish Day event which is now held annually at Lincoln’s Drill Hall). The newsletter will also showcase the positive contributions new community groups are making to the economic and cultural vibrancy of the county. Partners and agencies including SureStart and the Rayner Housing Service can also use the newsletter to publicise services for new communities moving to the area. Advice sessions The Access Team are also working on developing and delivering county-wide advisory sessions for new arrivals and diverse groups living and working in Lincolnshire. The sessions are designed to give information, advice and guidance to individuals and groups on what services are available in the area, including access to school and adult education services, basic information regarding setting up bank accounts, paying utility bills, accessing the health service and familiarising new arrivals on the laws and customs of the UK. Members of the Access Team have already carried out a number of successful advisory sessions in Gainsborough, Spalding and Boston. The demand for these sessions from new communities moving to the area has allowed for the development of a more systematic approach to service delivery – with the development of both informal drop-in sessions and pre booked appointments. Along-side the advice sessions, team members are also distributing a new ‘Welcome Book’ that Lincolnshire County Council have recently published containing information relating to employment and work, basic rights, accommodation, benefits and information about culture and leisure opportunities. This project aims to engage with ‘new arrivals’ into the county of Lincolnshire i.e. migrant workers from the European Union and settlers from other non-English speaking Countries. Significant target groups within Lincolnshire are to be researched. CulturED – Cultural Diversity workshops for schools. Since January 2006 officers from Culture & Adult Education have been delivering CulturED; a free learning resource for Lincolnshire’s primary schools which explores, celebrates and embraces cultural diversity. To-date CulturED has engaged over 8,500 pupils in over 60 primary schools. Many of these schools are located in areas that are predominantly white-British and have been identified as areas suffering from rural isolation and social and economic deprivation. The demographics of these areas are changing as migrant workers and foreign nationals from Portugal, Eastern Europe and Africa settle in Lincolnshire. Through CulturED, children can gain a greater understanding of why people move from one country to another, begin to question and experience different cultures and traditions whilst helping to promote tolerance and cultural awareness in their local communities. Next phase – CulturED + (Plus) The success of CulturED and the demand from schools in Lincolnshire for workshops that explore cultural diversity has resulted in proposals to redevelop the CulturED programme, bringing it up-todate and in-line with curriculum requirements. CulturED + will include: Story telling: African objects and costume are brought to life through a unique children’s story called ‘The princess and the pot.’ Follow the potter’s tale as she creates the world’s biggest clay pot and find out what surprises she has in store for an African Princess. Children can explore real museum objects, try on costume and take part in craft activities inspired by the story. Creative music, dance, movement and chants: pupils participate in authentic music, drumming and dance activities from various regions of Africa inspired by cultural instruments based on objects from the ethnographic collection. African Creative Textile: pupils explore various regional textile arts made using techniques such as weaving, printing, painting and drawing unique to Africa. Portuguese and Polish food tasting sessions – pupils will get the opportunity to sample and learn about the worlds diverse and rich foods through taste, smell and touch. A day in the life…’ Children compare a day in their life with a child living in another country (schools can choose a Polish, Portuguese, Indian or African experience). Images, pictures, objects and costume are used to bring the cultural experience to life. Children are encouraged to ask questions about different lifestyles, traditions and cultures. The newly established Culture & Adult Education Access Team will deliver CulturED + in partnership with Lincolnshire‘s Community Volunteers. The Community Volunteers are members from Lincolnshire’s diverse multi-cultural community groups including Africa, India and Eastern Europe. ‘Just like mother used to make’ – Ayscoughfee Hall Community Project The Access Team are working in partnership with Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Renaissance East Midlands on a project based on foods that help recall childhood memories. This is an extension on the very successful Feast of Fenlands Exhibition that is currently on tour. The project aims to work with a cross section of migrant workers and local residents from the south of Lincolnshire to share childhood memories, festive occasions and traditional foods that were grown, produced and eaten in the localities of the participants involved. The groups will then make recipe cards of their favourite traditional dish which will be available at the Feast of Fenlands exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum in March 2008 and in local libraries. The project will conclude with a food tasting evening where invited guests can meet individuals and groups involved in the project and sample some of the traditional recipes and dishes that remind the participants of their childhoods. Past activity involving new arrivals Moving Here Lincolnshire In 2004 Culture & Adult Education embarked on a 2 year project funded by REM in partnership with Leicester City Museum’s service and The National Archives to develop an exciting exhibition about moving to Lincolnshire. The Moving Here: Lincolnshire exhibition shares with you the personal experiences of Portuguese migrant workers as they settle in the county of Lincolnshire; their thoughts and feelings of leaving home and what life is like as a new arrival in a strange and foreign country. To celebrate the Moving Here: Lincolnshire project, an exhibition and opening event was held at The Haven Gallery in Boston in March 2007 and was attended by a large number of both local Boston residents and Portuguese nationals now living in the area. The exhibition focuses on the history of multicultural Lincolnshire, as well as stories from Portuguese community members who have made the journey from their home country of Portugal to the small market town of Boston. The exhibition is complimented by photographic images portraying members of the Portuguese community living and working in and around Boston. The aim of this small exhibition and launch is to sign-post people to the www.movinghere.org.uk website where all the interviews, stories, memories and Portuguese experiences of moving to Boston, Lincolnshire, are all brought together. The exhibition is now touring schools around Lincolnshire to assist in the teaching of the National Curriculum and Citizenship Schemes of Work.