Project Celebrates Pupils Identity

Dream Time Collective provide exceptional creative experiences, which improve people’s sense of purpose, social skills, life chances and happiness. Through Leeds Community Foundation support, they were able to set up a project to help young people learn new knowledge and skills…

 

  • In a nutshell, could you tell us what your Leeds Community Foundation funded project involves? ​

We were delighted to work with year 6 pupils at Mackie Hill School to enable them to ‘Find their voice and identity’ as they moved forward into secondary school. We did that by engaging them in the life of Edith Mackie, a Forgotten Woman from Wakefield, whose family was instrumental in the shaping of Wakefield and the establishment of the school in particular.

‘What Mackie Means to Me’ gave students an opportunity to learn about their past, visit the local library and museum to gain new knowledge and skills, including art, drama and spoken word and perform spoken word poetry pieces at Wakefield’s iconic art walk.

  • Why is this kind of support so vital, what’s the need and what might be the situation if the support you offer didn’t exist?

Mackie Hill school went from having been graded as ‘failing’ to ‘good’ over the course of the project and whilst our involvement was not the only reason for this, it certainly supported it.

Parents and pupils all got involved in the heritage aspect of the project and this, alongside the very supportive local media interest, gave a real sense of identity and pride to the whole community.

  •  Could you share a rewarding moment you’ve had so far? Is there a particular story you could share from a beneficiary you’ve helped? 

The project celebrated the emboldening of the pupil’s voice at Wakefield’s bi-monthly Art Walk when they shared their poetry about ‘What being a Mackie Hill Student’ meant to them.

  • What made you apply for a Foundation grant, what difference has the funding from the Foundation made?

Dream Time Creative is community based. With the directors background in education we were looking for an opportunity to work with a local school that linked to the Forgotten Women project.

The funding enabled creative blue plaques to be displayed on Wakefield Streets which in turn, highlighted our vision for #blueplaqueparity. It also got lots of people talking about the women in their lives, past and present with a view to remembering and honouring them.

Edith Mackie got her blue plaque (as a companion project) in June 2019.