Many of the projects Metronomes work on have a social focus and are centred around steel pan, carnival arts and wider Caribbean culture. Groups we are especially interested in developing work for are boys and young men, mature men, over 50s and single parents for whom Metronomes provides a social life and support network
Members of Metronomes knew people who died in the fire and know people who survived. We have been involved in a large number of community initiatives, including workshops and performances at The Curve Community Centre.
Our long-term response is to increase our community projects to promote healing and optimism for the future.
One thing that has emerged following the Grenfell fire is an awareness of the lack of local people being involved in designing and delivering services and generally participating in democracy. Metronomes works with some of the most marginalised people, and believes it has a role in bringing them in to actively participate. Many of our ideas for new community and arts projects centre around this, and have been informed by an extended process of ongoing discussion within our community.
This project – which ran from January 2019 to January 2020 – engaged with some of the most disenfranchised young people within the local community. We were working intensively with 8 people who have experience of the criminal justice system and struggle to engage with learning and employment.
By February 2020 we plan to add a podcast to our website featuring the participants talking about their life experiences, and how involvement in Metronomes is helping them.
This project is pretty much a model for the sort of work we want to increase – targeted on specific groups with a clearly defined purpose and a measurable impact.
Inclusive pan was funded by Westway Trust.
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