Here is an example of one of our projects in London’s East End, involving a City firm of Lawyers and a Church of England Primary. The client used this as a pro-bono opportunity for its employees.
- To forge strong relationships between the client, CMS, and one of the schools in the local community.
- To put the talents, skills and energies of the client’s volunteers to good use for the benefit of children who may otherwise not have the opportunity to be part of such an experience.
- To use the expressive qualities of music, dance and performance to develop the creative skills and the confidence of the children.
- To use the themes of the project to develop the children’s learning and awareness of the world beyond school and to raise their aspirations.
- To develop the confidence of the client’s volunteers who participate in the project and allow them to either use skills they do not use at work, or use work skills in a different environment or learn new skills.
The project consisted of a series of regular creative workshops, involving music, dance, movement, drama, art, costumes and audiovisual elements, which culminated in a performance of an original work to celebrate the school’s 300th anniversary.
- Many of those who volunteered for the project were involved in the final performance in some capacity, including the firm’s choir singing a number of specially commissioned songs with the children.
- Each workshop component was individually operated, yet was also an integral part of the full project and a piece of the final performance.
- The tuition and learning in the workshops contributed towards Curriculum Key Stages 1 and 2 (ages  to )
- Workshop/rehearsal locations were at the School, in the performance venue and at the client’s offices, so that the children could experience doing their creative work in a range of environments outside of school.
- The school highlighted the themes of aspiration-raising and confidence building and these two themes helped shape the project.
- The key ‘topical’ themes running through the workshops were:
- Diversity – in ethnicity, religion & language
- History – of the Tower Hamlets area, the variety of cultures and the school itself
The performance, which was attended by a large audience of family & friends of the children, teachers and many staff from the law firm, was divided into two acts – the first half was in a local & well known church, and then the audience walked over to the firms’ offices, just 2 minutes away, to see the second act performed in a modern business auditorium.
The counterbalance of the two distinctly different venues, contributed to the success of the project & performance in a number of ways, including: bringing members of the community into the busy environment of one of the world’s biggest firms’ of lawyers, using the community church as a focal point for the celebration of 300 years of London heritage and the breaking down of cultural & social barriers.