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Rehearsals, radio tasters, and crafting Christmas zines


After a short break, we’re back at it on Afrocats’ Youth of the World programme at Cross Street Chapel!


First up, we had a warmup discussion where we all got to know each other’s likes and dislikes.

Afterwards, musician Luke Benjamin had everyone bursting into song once again with rehearsing tunes for our Christmas show.

And for our over-11’s, we also had an exciting radio presenting taster lined up with workshop facilitator Naomi from Reform Radio.


During the session, our young people loosened up by playing icebreaker games such as ‘Empire’, and ‘Fruit Salad’.


And then, the taster began!


Our young people learned about radio terminology, got the chance to structure a radio show, learned how to use a portable microphone, and even carried out vox pops on each other.


‘These workshops focus on developing interpersonal skills, and working together as a team,’ says Naomi.


‘And as well as these fantastic sessions, future work with Afrocats will involve more drama-based workshops, and getting everyone to open up through drama.’

We can’t wait to see what Naomi’s media and drama expertise will bring for our diverse young people – we’re certain it will make a huge difference in their confidence and creativity.


Meanwhile, our under-11s were getting in the Christmas spirit by making festive paper zines and intricate winter snowflakes with Edel – have a look below to see their Christmas crafts.


All our young people deserve a round of applause for the progress they’ve made so far this year, so see you next week for more inclusive and creative fun!


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