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Doncaster Summer Staycation

Our Summer Offer for Families

Doncaster Council has been working with its partners to create a fun and engaging summer programme that will support all children over the summer period. Although the majority of this will be virtual, as part of the programme there is some face-to- face provision available.

We want to make sure that vulnerable children have priority access to this face-to-face provision, while also supporting working parents who may be struggling to access childcare over the summer holidays due to decreased capacity in the system.

In order to do this we have provisionally reserved 70% of available spaces on the face-to-face provision for vulnerable children. We also have a number of face-to-face sessions that will only be available for you to book vulnerable children onto.

All schools and social care professionals have until Wednesday 15th to request a space for their child/ren. To request a priority place for a young person/people on any of the listed activities below, simply contact the Families Information Service via telephone on 01302 735237 or by email at fis@doncaster.gov.uk by 3PM ON WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY.

*Please note this does not mean you will be guaranteed a place as we will need to assess if we can accommodate all requests in the spaces available, we will endeavour to confirm your places with you on Thursday 16th July*

The following sessions have priority spaces available now for you to express an interest in…

ACTIVE FUSION – SUMMER CAMPS

We have partnered with Active Fusion to offer this year’s face-to-face summer camps, designed to provide young people aged 5-11 with fantastic physical activities delivered by the Active Fusion coaches.

These camps include a range of activities such as ball games, gymnastics, dance, taekwondo, athletics and more. Bookings must be made for the whole week in order to adhere to strict COVID-19 bubbles. Camps will start from Monday 20th July from 9am to 3pm each day.

We have reserved 20 priority places per week at these summer camps for those working with vulnerable young children in the following locations:

  • Conisbrough – Ivanhoe
  • Edlington – Hilltop
  • Thorne – West Road
  • Stainforth – Long Toft
  • Balby – Mallard
  • Askern – Askern Spa
  • Edlington – Victoria (SEND)

For more information about the Active Fusion summer camps click here.

 

CAST THEATRE WORKSHOPS

Priority places have been reserved with CAST who will be delivering a series of face-to-face theatre workshops with limited places for young people aged 5-11 throughout the summer holidays. These creative sessions will include lots of fun and wiggles for Early Years families, in dancing tots and Story time activity.

Themed sessions for 5 – 11s include Pirate Party Fun Times, Alien Adventure, Wizard Adventures and Superheroes.  Sessions will focus on arts and creative based activities to entertain and engage children.

These sessions will run every Thursday, 9am-5pm at the CAST theatre.

CLUB SPARK TENNIS SESSIONS

Priority places have been reserved on a range of Club Spark summer tennis sessions available to following age groups: 7 & under, 8-12 years and 13-17 years delivered by their expert coaches at Hexthorpe and Elmfield Parks.

DONCASTER CULTURE AND LEISURE TRUST (DCLT) – I AM, I CAN VIRTUAL ACTIVITY SESSIONS

Priority sessions will also be available with DCLT on their ‘I can, I am’ summer activity sessions aimed at young people aged 14-18.

These virtual sessions are designed for young people who feel isolated because of the Covid-19 pandemic stay connected who otherwise may still be home. The skills boosting sessions will be an opportunity to meet other young people and will include meditation and relaxation, as well as opportunities for team work and confidence boosting activities and more.

Due to limited spaces, we want all to be mindful about booking young people into sessions they may not attend to ensure fair opportunity for all. Bookings will open to all residents on Thursday 16th July and we need to ensure that there are still some spaces available for working parents to access.

If you have any further questions about this, please don’t hesitate to the Families Information Service on the details above.

LAUNCHING TO THE PUBLIC

The full ‘Summer Staycation’ offer including all of the virtual activities will be going live TOMORROW (Tuesday 14th July) with promotion on our social media channels and an advert in the Doncaster Free Press later this week. Families will be able to book onto all activities under the offer on Thursday 16th July.

Please keep an eye out for these messages and share on your channels if you can!

VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES AND DIGITAL EXCLUSION

We understand that with many of the activities being virtual and the limited places on face-to-face activities, many vulnerable and other young people may not have access to the digital resources they need to take part. There may be some resource we can look to access to help them with this – please contact the Families Information Service on the details above for further information.

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Donny Dancing

What is Donny Dancing?

The Royal Opera House, in partnership with Cast and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, is inviting the residents of Doncaster to create an original dance relevant to your experiences of lockdown and social distancing. Donny Dancing is a three-week project starting on 27 July. Fun and inspiring online films and written resources will guide you through a process to create your own unique dance performance. Taking part is a great way to keep active, have some fun with other members of your household and creatively explore some of the challenges of lockdown and social distancing.

The dance will be inspired by The Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet and you will have the chance to learn some steps from the ballet as well as create your own sections of dance, exploring some of the themes from the ballet, including loss, love and separation, but also the themes of determination, friendship, family and solidarity.

There will be an opportunity for everyone taking part to perform your dance in your own home or at your chosen location in the local area. We will ask you to film your performance and send it to us online and you will star, alongside dancers from The Royal Ballet, in a dance film made by professionals at the Royal Opera House.

 

How does it work?

Over the course of three weeks, we will make resources available to you online that help you to learn some choreography and develop your own.

In Week One, you’ll learn some short dance phrases and motifs taken from the ballet Romeo and Juliet. These will be taught by dancers from the Royal Ballet.

In Week Two, you will be given creative tasks/prompts to help inspire your own dance.

In Week Three, you will rehearse and can join the collective final performance. For this final performance, you are encouraged to think of creative settings for your dance: a local landmark, or a socially distanced dance with neighbours.

You will also film your dance and send it to the Royal Opera House. We’ll take parts of everyone’s dances and put them together in a final dance film.

 

Who Can Take Part?

Donny Dancing is for any resident of Doncaster, no matter how old or young you are or how much dance experience you have! It is completely free of charge to take part.

You can register as a group or as an individual. Click on the relevant sign-up link below to register by 10 July.

The aim of Donny Dancing is to celebrate the communities of Doncaster and encourage creative ways to explore the experience of lockdown and social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Everyone is welcome to join in – tell your friends and neighbours!

 

What Do I Need to Take Part?

You will need internet access to watch the online videos and recording equipment (camera or phone is fine) to film your final performance. We will provide instructions and support to submit your film to us.

 

Dates for Your Diary

Sign up by completing the online form:

Individuals sign-up: http://www.roh.org.uk/learning/doncaster-sign-up-individuals

Groups sign-up: https://www.roh.org.uk/learning/doncaster-sign-up-groups

Monday 27 July – Friday 14 August: access the films and written resources on the ROH Learning Platform and start learning the steps, exploring some creative tasks and make your own dance!

Friday 14 August: everyone taking part will perform their dance at 4pm, in your home or at a local landmark (remembering to respect social distancing rules).

Monday 17 August: final chance to submit your film to the Royal Opera House (you’ll be given instructions on how to do this).

Saturday 5 September: see the online screening of the final film.

 

Opportunities to watch Romeo and Juliet

You can watch Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words on BBC iPlayer, available until 21 June, using this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000crzw/culture-in-quarantine-shakespeare-romeo-and-juliet-beyond-words

The Royal Opera House will be screening Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet on the ROH YouTube channel on Friday 10 July and this will be available to watch for 14 days after that date.

 

Got any further questions?

If you need any further information or have some questions, you can contact Rebecca Parslow or Ruby Wolk at the Royal Opera House:

Rebecca.parslow@roh.org.uk

Ruby.wolk@roh.org.uk

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