Joy and achievement at Norwich Christian project

ENYP2Norwich Christian project ENYP have had a busy Spring so far and have produced an update of their news which includes a youth ecology trip and a community outreach event for women and girls.

By Kate Doran-Smith

The Young People’s Forum
finished off their topic on conservation and preservation with a very wet trip to How Hill. Our friends at NEAD and the Broads Authority had already delivered their Eco-Challenge Workshop to the young people, but also fully funded the trip on Saturday March 9.

Young people donned wellies and waterproofs to ‘practice what they preach’ and go and physically help their environment. The staff at the Broads Authority commented that the group was very well behaved and worked incredibly hard in what he said were the worst conditions he’s ever braced! Well done guys!

Cool Off hosted their first ever outreach event at St Francis Church on Saturday March 16. The girls attending Cool Off have been learning and discussing matters relating to holistic health this term. This has ranged from having a hands on cookery workshop at the Old Bakery Café and tour of the kitchen at Mambo Jambos, to activities and interactive sessions on mental and emotional health.

The event was open to all the females in our community. Regular Cool Off attendees invited Mums, friends, sisters, aunts and grans! They all came together for 3 hours of pampering (delivered by the girls, who had learnt the skills required), great homemade food, craft, quizzes
ENYP3 presentations and inspirational speakers – all based around the notion of ‘beauty’ and being comfortable in your own skin.

One Mum who attended with her daughter commented: “We really enjoyed ourselves. It was a great excuse to spend time together. Loved the food, pamper session & crafts. Good for girls to hear about issues faced by both the ENYP team when growing up as well as young lady from B-EAT. Results from your Cool Off surveys were very interesting… it showed us both what a much needed and fab group it obviously is. Would absolutely love to come to another event.”

Published author Julie Prentice shared her story and added “I was really inspired with the fantastic work the ENYP team provide at Cool Off.  Modern day society can be tough for young people. I share your vision in trying to inspire the young to love the skin they are in and not to strive to be picture perfect. The day really flowed and showed the many different facets that we face today inspiring these young girls to look beyond their limitations and help them exceed their expectations”.

It was a very special time for all, as females of all ages and walks of life shared in giggles and tears as honest stories flowed naturally.  Several ladies attending found the event the place to be healed of many past hurts and issues, which is exactly what we had intended to be.

Wednesday 20th March saw a packed Norwich Playhouse host their annual ‘Springboards’ evening. ENYP’s Arts Award group led a half hour showcase of work including art, photography, song, dance, puppetry and drama.

ENYP1The night was a huge success and feedback has been entirely positive with the audience and cast being proud and pleasantly surprised by the level of talent and creativity on show.

ENYP’s Facebook group page was flooded with messages of congratulations, here are a few snippets:
• INCREDIBLE! Well done to everyone involved in the Playhouse production. You are all amazing and should be very proud of yourselves.

• What a FANTASTIC performance!!!! Well done everyone who performed. A big thank you to ENYP… it was sooooo good!!!! :)

Young people were involved in every level of planning and delivery, from designing the logo, to helping with choreography and face paint. Two young people operated the lights/ sound and visual effects from the tech box and another filmed the event, to produce a DVD which will be available to buy after Easter. Another great success and a huge pat on the back to the 75 people involved!

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