Farewell and thank you to our Kings College Interns

Dear all,

I hope you are keeping well at this time.

It’s strange to think that we have been living in this lockdown period for over three weeks now.  So many people have done incredible and inspiring things to adjust their lives, using technology to work from home, connecting with friends and family over video conferencing, using the time differently and re-prioritising their daily activities.  Alongside all of this a greater appreciation is emerging for all the people, services and provisions that we might have taken for granted in the busy swirl of life pre – COVID 19.

With the 2020 summer school term starting this week and schools still closed to the vast majority of students, we are sending our heartfelt wishes to all young people and their teachers as they search to find new ways to learn and grow together.  Here at Eastside we are working hard to develop fun and inspiring digital resources to support teachers and young people at this time.  If you are a teacher or know any teachers who might want to help us get this right we have a very brief survey to complete here

This week two bright inspirational young people will be concluding their internship with Eastside as part of a nine month placement organised in partnership with King’s College London.  Naiyira and Aiyesha have both brought great value and contributions to Eastside in their time with us and we are so sad to say goodbye to them, but we know that brilliant things lie ahead for them both.  Below are extracts from their blogs:

AIYESHA: ‘…Interning at Eastside has been incredibly insightful, allowing me to build my confidence and work on programmes that support young people to develop their creative thinking through participating in the arts…Eastside has provided me invaluable skills, courage and the tools to strategically design, implement and evaluate a programme within an arts organisation.   A huge factor in this is  the thriving environment, strong community and supportive staff at Eastside…’ – Read Aiyesha’s full blog here 

NAIYIRA: ‘…Eastside has such a varied amount of arts projects that I got to experience and help out with…I am sad to be finishing my internship now – I feel very connected to Eastside and am grateful for all that I have learnt here. I have felt like a valued member of the team, who has contributed towards a good cause. I value the arts so much more now and truly see the value in art for enriching our lives…I feel more confident, assured, and connected to others. I will cherish the time that I have spent with Eastside, and will deeply miss everyone that I have worked with. – Read Naiyira’s full blog here 

I must say I was very moved to read these blogs and they reminded me how valuable and valued Eastside’s work with young people is.  

As we move into the second half of our 25th anniversary year, we, like many other charities, are facing real challenges due to COVID 19, but our focus remains on navigating this period effectively, delivering as much impact as we can, protecting our wonderful artists, supporting our staff and partners and coming out stronger the other side, ready to deliver even more impact for our communities. 

To that end, I am looking forward to joining thousands of other charity workers who will be getting active in the national 2.6 challenge this weekend – I’m planning a bounce-a-thon on my daughter’s trampoline whilst attempting to improvise a story for children at the same time.  If you wish to support this cause, please sign up here

Or simply donate or why not do your own challenge? 

Thank you so much in advance for your great help,

Matt and the whole Eastside team.