Welcome to Rainbow Voices - Info for Community Groups
Rainbow Voices is a project of hope - bursting full of colourful crafts, uplifting songs and mindful moments that aim to help our local communities reflect, reconnect and rebuild in life after lockdown. Our project includes a mix of craft and singing activities to do at home, online or in-person at sessions touring to local parks and venues this summer.
We want to involve the whole community in getting creative and connected this summer! On this page you'll find information about how your community groups can take part, order packs for your group or come along to one of our events.
The Singing Elf is a Social Enterprise based in Pittington and we are leading this free project in our local communities of Durham City and Sunderland Coalfields thanks to funding from Durham Area Action Partnership and Sunderland City Council. People who live outside our project map are still more than welcome to take part.
Groups that can take part
We know there are loads of community groups and organisations doing fantastic things to support our communities. You are all invited to be part of Rainbow Voices.
The sorts of groups that can get involved include:
- Community venues and spaces
- Arts, Crafts, Music and Drama Clubs
- Sports and Fitness Clubs
- Adult social groups, such as Rotary or WIs
- Organisations that support older people
- Organisations that support adults with additional needs
- Care Homes
- Providers of meals and food services
- Foodbanks and Mutual Aid Societies
- Youth clubs and activities, and organisations that support young people
- Nurseries and Childcare providers
Ways to get involved
There are lots of different ways for your group to get involved.
- Sending Craft Activity Packs to your members
- Helping to distribute packs within your community
- Decorating a window or space with your creative makes
- Providing a pick-up point for the packs
- Helping to drop off Greetings Cards
Where we are working
Rainbow Voices is taking place across Sunderland Coalfields and the areas in and around Durham City. Any community group in these areas can get involved. See the areas we are working in on our Project Map.
Zone 1: Sunderland Coalfields including the Wards of Shiney Row, Houghton, Copt Hill and Hetton.
Zone 2: West Rainton, Pittington, Sherburn and Shadforth
Zone 3: Belmont, Carville and Gilesgate
Zone 4: Durham City
Zone 5: Framwellgate Moor, Newton Hall, Pity Me and Brasside
Zone 6: Neville's Cross and Aykley Heads
If you live outside of these areas you can still take part and we hope to visit new areas later in the year.
Want to know more? Sign Up to Take Part!
What's in the Craft Envelopes?
Our rainbow craft packs are bursting full of colourful, easy to make crafts for the whole family to enjoy. Check out What's In the Craft Envelopes to see what's inside, watch tutorial videos and get free downloads.
We had a full programme of sessions planned for Rainbow Voices over the summer holidays but a recent surge in COVID cases in the North East has already led to us postponing sessions during the first week. The safety of our participants and our team will always come first. With so many of our local community currently affected directly, we are closely monitoring the case numbers and deciding on a case by case scenario if it's safe and appropriate to go ahead. Last minute changes are to be expected for everyone this summer and therefore we will confirm sessions around a week before.
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