Our Impact

April 2020 – September 2020

Increased Network of Partnerships and Collaborations

“Thanks so much for reaching out. It means a lot.”

Over the last six months, Bounce has seen its network of partners and collaborators triple. We are now collaborating with other independent businesses, Councils, and cultural services across SW London. Through our increased reach we were able to send non-digital resources out to children who might not otherwise be able to engage throughout lockdown.

Our work has been seen by and shared with Kingston Libraries, Croydon Libraries, Real Birth Project, Katy’s Fitness, Be Healthy Coaching, Hounslow Young Carers, Make Spaces Tooting, Reach Community Hub, Imperial War Museum, National Archives, Hounslow Community Foodbox, Reach Academy, HomeStart Hounslow, Homestart Richmond, Homestart Kingston, Learn English at Home, Feltham Salvation Army, Hounslow Young Carers, Kingston Foodbank, Kingston Refugee Action, Voices of Hope, Learn to Love to Read, Dons Local Action Group, Heathmere Primary School, Smallwood Primary School, St. George’s Hospital, Earlsfield Foodbank, Kingswood Estate, Tooting Market, Trident Centre, along with schools in and around the UK and internationally.

Broadening Collaborations

“I am SO thankful for Katy and Sakina’s sessions: they have already made a big difference to me and made me feel more connected to other women who are also pregnant, more positive, and more reassured.”

During lockdown, we broadened our network of collaborators to support mothers as well as children. This included running bespoke pregnancy and postnatal classes at the height of lockdown, to offer some support to women at their most vulnerable. The classes focused on supporting emotional and physical health. Alongside this, we also worked with a health coach to support 15 young women up to 25 in managing their health throughout lockdown.

Providing Space for People to be Creative at Home

“A huge Thank You, from me, to you and all at Bounce Theatre for StoryClub! It has been so lovely to see the creativity that Otis is capable of each week and to watch his little face beaming with pride every Friday when he watches Katie reading his stories and poems out loud.”

Throughout lockdown we have created zines for children and young people. These provide weekly or monthly ideas for low or no cost creativity activities to do at home. The emphasis is consistently on play and creativity for health and wellness. We have distributed resources to create over 38,000 opportunities for participation.

Creating positive digital spaces

“He has been absolutely buzzing all week after having his story read out live and he can’t believe it had over 600 views, he now thinks he is famous!”

We have developed our use of digital technology to increase participation over the last six months. Finding new ways to use technology to connect children and young people to tell stories and share experiences. These have ranged from design workshops showcasing an artist in her studio through to podcasting about gender equality. Our podcast series The Female Voice bought 11 young women together to talk about and tackle gender inequality. This culminated in a magazine which presented an alternative vision for representation of women in the media.

Mentoring Projects

“Thanks for letting me be a part of this important project.”

Our use of digital platforms has allowed us to develop a mentoring project for young people. We are currently mentoring five young writers to produce work for two showcases. In Autumn 2020, we will extend the offer to work with designers and visual artists. Our intention is to develop a mentoring programme within our business so learning can continue at every stage of life.

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