The rhythm got to dozens of young people at the new ‘Witham Hangout’ Youth Club, when Greenfields Community Housing funded an African Drumming Workshop.
The event, on Wednesday 6 March, was one of several ‘Make a Difference Days’ that Greenfields hold in their communities each year to bring communities together and draw attention to services offered by us and our partners.
‘The Hang Out’ is a new youth club based at Essex Youth Services’ Parkside building on Maldon Road. It was set up in a bid by volunteers to keep 11 to 19-year-olds out of trouble following a spate of anti-social behaviour incidents last year.
Kelly Parr, Chair of the Committee behind the club, said: “We’re really grateful that Greenfields have funded this workshop, which was enjoyed by everyone who took part. We’re always on the look-out for local businesses who would like to demonstrate and teach new skills, so please contact me via the Witham Hang Out Facebook.”
Sue Colyer, Greenfields’ Neighbourhood Co-ordinator for the area and organiser of the event, said: “We work with partners to help keep our communities safe and vibrant. This workshop was a great opportunity for young people to have fun together and let off some steam. We also gathered their views on their neighbourhoods and local facilities and will be using their opinions to help shape future events.”
Other Greenfields Make a Difference events included a partnership event to tackle drug issues in Braintree, and a Fun Day to launch the rebuilt Templars Community Office in Witham.