Positive Images newsletter

Positive Images Festival calling…

Welcome to your October update

Our news

*Our Peace Festival poetry competition on the theme of neighbours is proving to be popular. By the 6th day of the month-long competition, we had a total of 29 entries, some of which have come from Ireland, Spain, Taiwan, India and other parts of UK.

*Positive Images Festival extends greetings to everyone for Black History Month. We invite people to enter our Black History Month competition. The competition and entry form can be downloaded here.

*Emilie Lauren Jones’ We Speak Poetry project continues to flourish.
Visit  https://youtu.be/bXicZ0LPZOM below to watch this week’s offering.

A new video will go out each Friday and you will be able to listen to people and words from the globe.
If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please  email [email protected] 

*The link for the September poetry workshop is https://youtu.be/k00R1Jmtyl8
Accessible Workshop (for those new to poetry or who want to take things at a slightly gentler pace): https://youtu.be/GKVEQePCn1k

And here is news from our partner organisations…

*Albany Theatre which has been awarded a £250k grant as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, announces the reopening of its doors to a limited audience. Its forthcoming programmes include comedy
with Paul Sinha (Chaser), an evening with Kevin and Joanne Clifton (Strictly Come Dancing) and an evening with the award-winning writer Andrew Davis.

*Belgrade Theatre, in partnership with Mind charity is holding a free online workshop on 22nd October at 7.00pm to support the mental health of young Black men.
Workshop booking link: https://www.belgrade.co.uk/events/boysto-men-mind-taster-workshop/

*Chat Central October newsletter covers its online events, stress busting drumming workshops and Foleshill Creates’ weekly art workshop. Chat Central invites other organisations to join it on zoom online drop in sessions on
Monday between 10.30am and 12.00 noon. Organisations interested in joint events, say for Black History Month, Diwali, Christmas, etc are requested to email Heather Parker [email protected]

*Cook and Eat Well’s September issue covers fish suppers, recipes for cakes you can bake and tips from NHS for a journey to Better Health.

*Coventry Action for Neighbourhood’s  (CAN) continues to issue newsletters

*CAIF (Coventry Association for International Friendship), Coventry /Dresden Arts Exchange, the Twin Studios Project and Coventry PhotoMiners are planning to stage a ‘Friendship Festival’ during the month of November 2021 
Peace Month in Coventry – in the year of the UK City of Culture. CAIF and Coventry-Dresden Arts Exchange have a strong tradition of developing artistic and cultural links with Coventry’s twin city of Dresden in Germany. For further
information or information on how to contribute, please contact – [email protected]

*Coventry City Council’s Migration Team has produced its first quarterly newsletter. One of the highlights is the story of Hasnaa, a Syrian refugee, who used her sewing skills to make masks, which she then donated.

*Coventry City of Culture Trust has announced the launch of Community Connectors skills development programme.

*Coventry Libraries’ latest newsletter carries information about volunteering opportunities, free training and an appeal for bike donations. Coventry Libraries’ Click and Collect Services are available from Foleshill, Stoke, Tile Hill,
Allesley, Willenhall, Canley and Jubilee Crescent Libraries. People can order a bundle of books to pick up at an appointment time. Tel: 024 7683 2314 or visit  https://www.coventry.gov.uk/info/126/libraries/3592/covid19_coronavirus_and_libraries
Coventry Libraries would also like to share the recommended poetry list for National Poetry Day 2020 Click

*FWT staff are continuing to support women in Coventry across social, health and economic work streams. The ‘Your Future, Your Integration’ team from FWT continues to offer FREE online ‘coffee morning’ workshops every Friday 11-*12, for women in Coventry, with specialist support for Refugee and Leave to Remain women.

*Godiva Sisters Trust has made a film to celebrate Godiva Day. Click on the link: https://youtu.be/Ir-0W8Nb0XE.

*The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum 13 Ways of Looking, a new show bringing together 13 artists and curators,
opened at The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum on 2nd October. For further information visit https://www.theherbert.org/whats_on/1533/thirteen_ways_of_looking 

*The Highlife Centre has released information about a documentary produced by young people to highlight three topical issues in our society today: Hate crime; Covid-19 and its impact on communities and Black History/ Black Lives Matter/Black Future Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXEPi4VJ5B8 

*Hillfields Readers Group October newsletter includes the shortlist for the Booker Prize, a book review, information about books on radio and TV and a book quiz.

*Sahil Project has announced the winners of its poetry competition held in September. Sahil’s online Bollywood and Bhangra classes take place every Tuesday 5.00-6.00pm. Classes are easy to join on Google meet.
Link: https://meet.google.com/iei-aqdh-vjz

*United Nations Coventry Branch and Coventry City of Peace have issued their October newsletter.

*News from West Midlands Police: A bitesize video around Invoice and Mandate Fraud has been issued. The new Community Initiatives Fund launched in May 2020 will continue for a further 6 months, until 31 March 2021. For guidance and an application form on https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/community-initiatives-fund/

Did you know?

10th  October is World Mental Health Day.
16th October is World Food Day.
24th October is UN Day.

MiFriendly Cities Project has been chosen as a finalist in The Innovation in Politics Awards 2020.

For your information/action:

*Coventry Peace Festival will be held from 1st to 15th November.

*As part of National Hate Crime Week (10-17 October), a short film has been created to highlight the harmful effects of Hate Crime and to encourage the reporting of Hate Crime. Link: https://youtu.be/kBeQzbnw5aU

*News from Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies, University of Warwick: The Walter Rodney Lecture 2020 will be held on 27th October at 5.30pm. The speaker is Professor Jorge L. Giovanetti Torres of the University of
Puerto Rico. His presentation is entitled: Caribbean Hostile Environments: Black British Migrants before the Windrush. To attend this online lecture, please email [email protected]

*This year’s Inter Faith Week takes place in England, Northern Ireland and Wales from Sunday 8 to Sunday 15 November. The aims of Inter Faith Week are to: • Strengthen good inter faith relations at all levels • Increase awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society • Increase understanding between
people of religious and non-religious beliefs. For further information, please visit www.interfaithweek.org

*Job Support Skills sessions are being held at Cheylesmore Community Centre.
For more information, telephone 07510 917 517 or email [email protected]

* Eden Project, which coordinates Big Lunch, is super excited to announce that in November it will be hosting its very own online ‘Festival of Discovery’, for people who want to explore a better future, for themselves and their
communities. 5-7 November. More details coming soon on Facebook, or  www.edenproject.com

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