Ipswich Community Media

Jubilee Park Roadshow Success

Image description: Group of around 100 people consisting of locals, people runnign the event, Ipswich town mayor in centre. Infront of the Masons pub at Jubilee park, at the centre of the Jubilee Park Roadshow.Jubilee Park Roadshow took place last Thursday in the middle of Westgate Ward. The aim of the day was to bring the local community together, break down negative perceptions about the area, and most importantly for people to have fun!

We had a fantastic turnout, with hundreds of individuals coming to take part in a whole range of activities. Children’s face painting, skipping lessons, and the graffiti workshops were particularly popular. We also had over 20 organisations running stalls and activities to inform the local community about services they can access and activities they can get involved in within Ipswich. These included; ISCRE, Suffolk Refugee Support, The Terence Higgins Trust, Active Lives, GYROS, Community Church, YMCA, and many more!

As part of a developing project at ICM to transform the Masons pub, next to Jubilee Park, into an outdoor art gallery we mounted a selection of photographs of local kids over the boarded up windows. The photos were taken by Philip Charles in Jubilee Park last summer, we then submitted them to #insideoutproject, and now Jubilee Park is part of a worldwide photography project.

Thanks to everyone that got involved in the day, and we hope you join us again next year!

Ipswich Star Newspaper Article, Friday April 13th 2018. Roadshow puts the Joy back into Jubilee Park, by Andrew Hirst. A diverse Ipswich community rallied for a “creative and joyous” celebration bringing “positivity” to a deprived neighbourhood. Hundreds attended yesterday’s Jubilee Park Roadshow to enjoy food, music, and fun workshops. Organised by Ipswich Community Media, the event featured 22 organisations, including charities and voluntary groups offering advice and information. Visitors enjoyed graffiti workshops, skipping, beat-boxing, sports, the Freedom Sound System, and more. Ipswich Community Media’s Cad Taylor said the event went “extremely well”. “The whole idea is about bringing a creative, joyous celebration and a host of activities to an area that often misses out,” she added. “Westgate Ward is Ipswich’s most deprived community but there are lots of energetic, bombastic people here who want to make a difference.” To volunteer with ICM email cad@ipswichsm.org.uk

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