THE FEEL GOOD FACTOR

The Feel Good Factor is a creative arts project aimed at bringing together and empowering local people who live in the Town Centre and Windmill Hill areas of Glastonbury. Over the last two years, our team have been offering low cost, fun and inclusive dance opportunities to local adults and families with young children. We have also supported volunteers to organize exciting, affordable arts events. From Sep 2016 to Feb 2017 we trained volunteers to share their unique creative talents with their community. During Feb to July 2017 they have delivered volunteer led workshops such as silversmith workshop, painting with watercolours, classical guitar, family arts & crafts, run a regular acoustic café with featured artists, rock choir workshops and creative writing.

If you want to get to know new people, make a difference in your community or have a creative skill you can share...

THEN THIS IS FOR YOU!

The Feel Good Factor delivered 60 sessions for under 4's and their carers during 2016 and 2017

  • A chance to dance, exercise, play and meet other families. This popular creative dance and movement play session is for under 4's and their adults. Sessions are designed to support the physical, social and cognitive development of young children as well as give parents new ideas and confidence for creative play.
  • We are active for about an hour then enjoy a cuppa and healthy snacks for the children.
  • Parents, carers and grandparents all welcome.

The Feel Good Factor delivered 60 Dance for Wellbeing sessions for adults during 2016 & 2017

  • Fun, creative and sociable dance session all about feeling good. Build your confidence and fitness. Meet new people and make new friends. Sessions are led by experienced dance artists and are accessible and varied - recent sessions have included learning the Thriller routine, trying out Bollywood dance moves and creating our own dances inspired by poetry and playing with hoops!
  • Suitable for adults of all ages, mobilities and abilities.
  • We are active for about an hour then enjoy a cuppa and a chat.

Volunteer Arts Event Coordinators

"I've enjoyed planning an event, its interesting to see the different roles involved and learn new skills"

Would you like to help organize arts events for your local community? Maybe you're passionate about crafts, music, or theatre? Or perhaps you're excited about arts from different world cultures... Volunteer with us, receive training and support, learn new skills, work with like minded people and decide together how to make big things happen with a small budget.

Our first event the Winter Warmer at Paddington Farm in February 2016 saw over 90 people come and enjoy drumming, singing and craft workshops and free apple cake! Our 2nd event A Bit of Bollywood took place on 28th May. See below for information on all our events to date. Our event FEET FEST which ran at the Avalon Constitutional club in Glastonbury High St on Saturday 15th July 2017 was a great success delivering 5 volunteer led courses in one day.** If you would like to volunteer but need help with registered childcare, transport or any other issue please get in touch. We can help and cover all reasonable expenses.

Volunteer Arts Leaders Training

During Autumn 2016 we have recruited volunteer arts leaders who have attended a FREE training course learning how to lead workshops and share their creative talents. The course has covered all the basics you need to know to plan and lead creative workshops safely and with confidence. With full support and all costs covered we can help people take that next step. This training run on Wednesdays for 6 weeks from 28th September 2016 please email Juliet@meanfeetdance.co.uk if you would be interested in taking part in a similar course in the future. If you would like to volunteer but need help with registered childcare, transport or any other issue please get in touch. We can help and cover all reasonable expenses.

WINTER WARMER



Our first volunteer led event was held at Paddington Farm in February.

Over 90 people attended our Winter Warmer event, joining in our drumming and singing workshops and creating beautiful Ivy crowns at our craft table in the cosy farm house by the log burner whilst mulled apple juice was served.

We all processed to the Orchard singing & drumming to celebrate the Apple Tree and the awakening of Spring and finished the day by the sharing of huge apple cakes.

A BIT OF BOLLYWOOD



Our second volunteer led event took place on Saturday 28th May at the Assembly Rooms, Glastonbury.

Twenty adults learnt a fun Bollywood routine which was performed at our sharing later in the afternoon.

Several families joined us for our family session in the afternoon, learning Bollywood moves and creating a short routine. We all then shared our performances.

We all enjoyed a dance to Bollywood tunes whilst enjoying tasty Indian snacks and Chai to finish off the evening.

COMMUNITY THEATRE TRIP



Our 3rd volunteer led event took place on Sunday 18th September with several families from Glastonbury taking a coach trip to The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton to see the children's show 'Bad Guys' all for just £3 per person for the theatre ticket and travel there and back.

The show was performed by 'Three Half Pints' whose credits include a programme for CBeebies. Everyone had a bag of fun.

We all laughed until our sides hurt!

ZOMBIE WORKSHOP & THRILLER FLASH MOB



Our 4th volunteer led events took place in October with our Zombie workshop on 15th October where people came along to create their Zombie costumes ready to perform at our Thriller Flash mob in Glastonbury on Saturday 22nd October.

The Community came together and brought the High Street to a standstill with a fantastic performance of a Zombie Thriller Flash mob.

It was a ghoulish spectacle to behold!

BEE GROOVY EVENT & FLASHMOB



Our 5th Volunteer led event took place on 3rd June in Glastonbury Town Hall with a flash mob dance performed in Glastonbury High Street.

Bee Groovy was a collaboration with Glastonbury Friends of the Earth group and Mean Feet Dance to celebrate and promote the protection of Bees.

We enjoyed story telling & poetry, face painting & crafts; making beautiful flowers and bee antennae. We all then learnt our bee dance and buzzed up to the centre of the High Street to perform it. Members of the public were given information on how to protect and encourage bees in their gardens while we had a blast performing our Bee Groovy Boogie!

FEET FEST



Our marvellous volunteer trained arts leaders delivered 5 workshops during one day on Saturday 15th July at the Constitutional Club in Glastonbury for our 6th volunteer led event.

The Glastonbury community were treated to a family crafts workshop, classical guitar, Creative writing, water colour painting and a silversmith workshop.

Some comments from those who attended are included below:

"Great Tutoring! A very enjoyable creative afternoon - thank you!" - Hazel

"Lovely people, fun, good to play and have fun. Thanks to all" - Ali

"Inspiring!"

"Great opportunity to try a new skill- calm, relaxed and enjoyable experience - thank you!" - Amy

"Excellent workshop! I've learnt many new writing methods, and would love to learn more! Thanks Richard!" - Beith

COMMUNITY THEATRE TRIP TO CHOTTO DESH AT BREWHOUSE



Our 7th volunteer led family arts event was a community theatre trip to see Chotto Desh performed at The Brewhouse Theatre on Thursday 21st September.

Forty five adults and children set off on the coach from Glastonbury to Taunton's Brewhouse theatre and enjoyed a magical and mesmerising dance performance of Chotto Desh choreographed by the Akram Khan Dance Company.

It was a fantastic evening enjoyed by everyone immensely.