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LEARNING WITH THE INTEGRATION TEAM

 

Our Integration Team runs over 12 English language courses every week.

 

Our qualified tutors cover speaking and listening, reading, writing, as well as the vocabulary, grammar and functional language needed for everyday life in the UK. 

 

We run courses in:

 

- English for Work   

- English and Digital Media

- English & IT

- English Skills for Life        

- English for Refugees 

- English for Health 

- Conversational English 

 

Our Integration Team offers a safe and welcoming learning environment.

 

"I think that Ipswich Community Media changed my life. This is my 2nd family" -Eric, ESOL Learner


Many of our learners stay with us for years and then go on to volunteer in the classroom or become one of our award winning Community Champions. 

 

Alongside our ESOL classes we can offer qualified Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) around a range of issues you may be facing from settled status to housing to wellbeing support.

 

Our friendly team is mostly made up of migrants from a range of diverse backgrounds. Each member of our team is highly skilled and has extensive experience working with different communities.

 

We want to support individuals to overcome traditional barriers and fully integrate as members of their local communities. To this end we offer a range of activities including training, targeted activities, workshops and events.

 

Since we began in 2015 we have delivered over 450 ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses and now run 12 different courses every week in four different venues across Ipswich.

 

All of our classes are free.

For more information contact Anajli Sule at asule@ipswichcm.org.uk

Projects

SOUTH STREET KIDS

Free creative media, music, radio and art project

South Street Kids is an award-winning project, developed in 2015, providing free weekly sessions for young people, gaining skills, confidence and developing a strong voice in their community – reflecting the diverse communities that surround Westgate Ward, and Ipswich. Thanks to generous funding by the National Lottery’s Community Grant South Street Kids is now a partnership project delivered by Out Loud Music alongside ICM.

 

We organise trips, media training, workshops in film music, theatre, art and media - all designed to engage young people and ensure they feel a part of their town. South Street Kids is a project aimed at kids aged 7 – 12 years old, who live in and around  Norwich Road.

South Street Kids focusses on young people who may otherwise miss out and enables them to fulfil their creative potential providing ‘creative conversations’ with young people, designed to help them talk about their experiences and challenges during difficult periods. 

 

South Street Kids use creative activities to help support and develop resilience and positive mental health.

100% of our beneficiaries tell us they have been feeling connected to their community and closer to people since joining South Street Kids, ultimately increasing social links and ties.

Saturdays 11am – 12.30pm Eastern Angles Centre

Email: enquiries@outloudmusic.org

NEW GEN

Free youth music project

 

"This is the group I always wished existed and now it actually does!" -Tia, New Gen Participant 

For young people aged 13- 19 interested in: music tech, songwriting, performing, making beats and enhancing any musical abilities

 

New Gen was set up in 2019 to offer young people the opportunity to explore and develop skills in music production, radio, performance and more by bringing together like-minded young people to develop their talents outside their comfort zone. Thanks to generous funding by the National Lottery’s Community Fund, New Gen is now a partnership project run together with our partners Out Loud Music. Our experienced tutors use their local networks to bring in local musicians and offer pre-gig interviews at The Smokehouse (live music venue) with artists. 

"Working with New Gen has given my daughter the confidence and inspiration to explore and build on her strengths in a safe environment where young peoples’ voices are heard and respected. My daughter has been given the tools to gain knowledge in a genre of music that is not typically explored at school and has since chosen to take Music at GCSE level"

-Alice, Parent


 

Every Thursday 5pm-7pm

South Street Studios, Ipswich IP1 3NU

Email: enquiries@outloudmusic.org

MAKING WAVES

FREE Music Sessions

 

Making Waves is a weekly innovative music and media project for at-risk children and young people experiencing difficult challenges in their lives. Working one to one or in small groups we offer music and media sessions which create positive change and inspire young people to thrive. 

 

Our unique programme promotes wellbeing and positive choices through developing creative, technical and vocational skills and opens pathways to mainstream opportunities in education, training, work experience and employment. 

 

Music is a great tool for expression and allows young people to talk about the subjects they are normally excluded from and take ownership of their own futures. 


The project also delivers vital pastoral support and care and offers participants the opportunity to be involved in the process of organising and delivering events. 

For those young people who come to the programme from the youth offending service, our stats show:

The project has achieved an 85% success rate in keeping the young people referred from offending behaviour.

Outcomes from Making Waves showed that our intervention work at South Street led to a 75% positive progression rate for young people referred by Suffolk Youth Offending Service, and 85% demonstrated a reduction in the gravity of their offending and/or a reduction in the frequency of their offending. 

 

For more info contact alicia@ipswichcm.org.uk

IO RADIO

 

IO Radio is a modern and accessible online radio station based in the Ipswich area with an array of studios built to industry quality. We broadcast a range of music and opinions and are aimed mainly at 16-25s, but we are open to all pockets of the community. 

We offer specialized radio projects and training to record, plan and learn new skills.  Our training courses focus on specific areas of radio production and other transferable skills including interview techniques, team-working and all technical aspects. These are free to attend, but places are limited. IO is a not for profit voluntary organisation that depends on volunteers to realise its potential.

 IO hosts the Media Lab, a new creative space, with a suite of iMacs for creative work, such as audio production and editing. This space also has the potential for live stream music events, such as live lounge and NPR tiny desk concerts. 

 

The Media Lab enables IO to provide group courses in a range areas, including beat-making, film and audio editing and photography.  The Media Lab is its own dedicated area that provides a safe and welcoming environment for young people to access creative technology with a view to developing skills in a community creative space. 

To find out more and take your first steps into the world of radio/creative industries. just drop us a line at info@ioradio.co.uk

OTHER PROJECTS

In addition to our core projects we run termly and one-off projects dependent on need and funding. We have experienced practitioners who can deliver sessions in Dance, Music, Theatre, Radio and Media. ICM exists to make space for people to tell their own stories and make their own change. We think participants do this best when they’re working with artists who share their backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

 

Here are some of our other ad-hoc projects:

MATERNITY PROJECT

Thanks to funding from our local NHS we are running a one year project for migrant women from the Westgate Ward area of Ipswich. The project aims to increase connection, communication and engagement, while building trust in local maternity and health services.       

 

The project will deliver workshops in partnership with partner organisations and services, which will include:

- Conversational classes for pregnant women, those intend to become pregnant and young mums with toddlers

- Regular classes focussing on antenatal and perinatal issues and maternity services including classes in local schools particularly aimed at the local Roma community

- Roundtable discussions with key stakeholders 

 

To support the project we will create a group of “Buddies” or supporters who will be working directly with the NHS and migrant women to increase their confidence and wellbeing in using health services. 

For more information contact mpuchala@ipswichcm.org.uk

 

RADIO GAINSBOROUGH

In collaboration with the local Gainsborough library, we offered a 10 week Radio and Leadership course for young people (aged 11-25) to learn radio skills, including how to use radio equipment, what broadcasting rules are, how to research and collect content and how to create a radio show. Through these newly learned leadership skills, the young people were able to deliver the next 10 week project to another group of young people. This project enabled Gainsborough Library to have the skills to create their own radio shows which were then aired on IO Radio.

 

CREATIVE & WELLBEING CLUB

Thanks to funding from the local Clinical Commissioning Group we ran an 8 week Radio and Wellbeing project in Handford Hall Primary with students in Year 6. Over the 8 weeks we worked in collaboration with mental health charity Suffolk Mind and students to create a podcast exploring the tools to promote positive mental health through games and exercises. 

"Thank you for the wonderful opportunity you gave our year 6 children through Creative Club. I truly believe this will have made a lasting difference to them and they will make their transition to high school more confident, happy and with far greater well-being than they would have done otherwise. We will proudly display their work on our website and we look forward to the opportunity to work with you again." -Helen Caston, Deputy Headteacher Handford Hall Primary School 
 

SOUTH STREET MOVES

This 10-week dance and movement project was funded by Active Suffolk and we engaged 20 young people via referrals from St Matthews and Handford Hall Primary School. The project was designed to get young people moving and learning through their bodies again after a long lockdown in isolation. We met every Thursday at Eastern Angles Centre and learnt new routines in Street Dance and Physical Theatre with practitioner Helen Baggett (Associate Director of Gecko Theatre). 

 

“I’ve loved South Street Moves. We get to learn new routines to really cool music and I’ve made new friends. I wish we could do more dancing.” -Sammy, South Street Moves Participant

 

UNACCOMPANIED ASYLUM SEEKING CHILDREN 

Our Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) projects work with young people to help them move away from things which have a negative impact on their lives and instead engage in positive diversionary activity.

Working with partner organisations and using innovative and engaging methods, we aim to boost self-esteem, interpersonal skills and provide pathways to opportunities. We do this by developing their ideas and voice through the use of different media whilst also constructively challenging their material and encouraging artistry and expression  

SUFFOLK BLACK YOUTH COLLECTIVE

We offer structure and support to a local community group that formed after the Ipswich Black Lives Matter Protest. Following the murder of George Floyd more than a thousand people gathered in Christchurch Park in solidarity with the black community and the injustice they faced around the world. To many local black people, it was a surprise to see so much support in Suffolk and many young people used the open mic space to talk about this among many other things such as lack of opportunities in Ipswich, lack of understanding the young local black experience and lack of education in schools.

From hearing all these stories, ICM worked to gather these thoughts and feelings from local young black people and use our networks and projects to make positive change. The group continues to grow and support each other’s events, work issues and community opportunities.

 

YOUNG CARERS PROJECT

We offer monthly sessions for 14-18 year old carers and their siblings to learn radio, music and media skills in our state of the art facilities. The sessions are led by the young people and cover everything from presenting their own radio shows to making music. The programme helps build confidence and communications skills, while providing the young people with a voice and a platform to be heard. We offer one to one music sessions for children and young people who face exclusion from school and struggle in regular educational settings. 

 

If you would like to discuss a project that you would like us to deliver then please contact: hello@ipswichcm.org.uk 

South Street Kids is a safe place. I feel comfortable to be there. And I can prove it’s safe coz I was able to come out to you and felt safe I could do so. But even before then it was a place to learn new skills like singing and podcasting and to meet new friends. I’ve met new friends. It’s a good, safe place to be and I’m glad I’m a part of it

-South Street Kids Participant

"I used to basically go out every night and get in trouble, not come home, but thanks to [ICM] I’ve been putting my life back on track, been keeping out of trouble"

-Max, Making Waves

IO radio is a fantastic station to work at. I joined when I was at my lowest point in my life and they have helped me turn things around by letting me just be me. Highly recommended team

-Adrian, Host of The Alternative Indie Disco