Volunteer with Licketyspit!


22nd April 2022 We are looking for volunteers to take part in our intergenerational Storyplay sessions across a range of projects. Our play sessions mainly take place on Wednesdays (2.30-6.30), Thursdays (3-7), Fridays (3-7), Saturdays (10-4). Dates for induction training are - 24th May (6-7.30) - 25th May (11-1) drop in for 1-to-1 chats - 21st June (4-5.30) You must attend at least 1 training session. If you can attend all 3 sessions you'll develop your skills further, on the road to becoming a Storyplay Champion! We aim to be as flexible as we can to accommodate our volunteer's availability and circumstances. You can tell us more about your availability when you sign up or get in touch if you'd like to have a chat. If you have children and would like to volunteer with us - we'd love to hear from you. We can work out an arrangement suitable to your needs, every family is different. You will receive Storyplay Training - learn to use the Storyplay toolkit of games, rhymes, songs and imaginary play activities and the methodology of how we play Experience working with diverse groups of families including refugees and asylum seeking families, in communities across Glasgow Understanding and experience of how Licketyspit engages online and in person, logistical know-how of running successful large group play activities Storyplay resources Experience preparing and serving community meals Experience [...]

Volunteer with Licketyspit!2022-05-03T10:48:39+00:00

Licketyspit’s Xmas Dress-Up!


All you need is your imagination for a Magical Christmas! Some of our fantastic families won’t be getting a present this Christmas so we would like to be able to give them a some presents from US ALL! We invite YOU to join our Dressing-Up Challenge to make a fantastic & hilarious costume out of anything you can find around the house or office! Then if you can, donate to our Christmas fundraiser.  Donate Here How to take part: 1)  Dress yourself up in a fantastic & hilarious costume made out of anything you can find around the house or office!  2) Take a picture and share it with us tagging @LicketyTweet or Licketyspit on Facebook with the  #xmasdressup 3) if you can, donate to our Christmas fundraiser here. Lickety Dressing Up tips with Effie The Lickety Gallery

Licketyspit’s Xmas Dress-Up!2021-12-14T11:16:39+00:00

National Lottery Birthday Film


26th November 2021 This month we had a fantastic Porridge & Play session at our home in Community Central Halls - CCH, with families who've been playing with us online since last year! We were also joined by Sanjeev Kholi and our funder the National Lottery who wanted to make a short film about Porridge & Play. The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland has funded Big Porridge & Play Glasgow since 2017 and last year helped us run sessions online all year, keeping our Children & Families Network connected & playing together throughout the challenges of the pandemic. Even though we were at home, in our imaginations we went everywhere! It was great to meet up in person together with the Funky Chicken, the Swimming Mermaid, the Flying Dinosaur and the Wobbly Penguin. We flew to space in our balloons, introduced the crew to Grandma and even saw some rainbow unicorns! The National Lottery collaborated with Joe Media for their 27th birthday to make a series of films about projects they support. Click on the image to the right to see the film they made about Porridge & Play! Click on the image below to watch the film The Lickety Gallery BUILD Installation We were also included in an installation [...]

National Lottery Birthday Film2021-11-26T11:46:55+00:00

Stories of Resilience


25th October 2021 This autumn, we were delighted to make a film about Porridge & Play Online as one of 13 Stories of Resilience commissioned by Refugee Action. Working on Zoom has produced a wealth of wonderful video clips of Porridge & Play Online throughout the Pandemic. Lead Actor-pedagogue, Iona Zajac, was able to cherry-pick from these in order to edit together a 5-minute film to provide a window into the essence of this amazing project. The narration, recorded by Storyplay Champion children, draws on child consultation sessions to capture what the project has meant for them. We were delighted to be able to share our families' experiences of Storyplay during the pandemic, alongside such an important group of projects. People who succeed in getting to the UK to claim asylum against the odds have already shown great resilience and courage, but faced with our brutal Asylum system, their sense of relief and hope can often be short-lived. Watch the film here The Home Office needs to do much more to meet the material needs of people seeking asylum. The basic human rights to food, shelter, clothes, school, digital access and transport are not sufficiently met and many charities do vital work to fill the gaps. The pressure of these needs also has a huge impact on mental health and wellbeing - in limbo, isolated and disempowered, [...]

Stories of Resilience2021-11-24T12:48:37+00:00

We are hiring!


10th September 2021 We are excited to announce that we have a new job opening for... Communications Coordinator, Children & Families Network. Flexibility between at-home, in office and in local communities working, offered on a part time basis working out at £26,000 - £28,500 (0.5 FTE). Deadline for applications: 9am 30th September 2021 About us Licketyspit is a pioneering Scottish early years theatre company which has rooted its work in transformational drama-led children’s rights-based practice for twenty years. Our work springs from the connection between actors and children as ‘play experts’. Learning to consult children through play has led to a series of highly successful projects on a trajectory of discovery, which has coalesced as - Storyplay – a powerful and flexible children’s rights-based approach & methodology based on shared intergenerational imaginary play. Storyplay is being used in education, community and arts and cultural contexts; to support refugees and asylum seekers; and as a child consultation methodology through ‘Have Your Say Through Play’. Licketyspit’s Children & Families Network (CFN) is at the heart of our practice. The CFN is an 850-strong community of families who share Licketyspit’s children’s rights ethos and want continuing connectivity and opportunities to take part in Storyplay. Licketyspit's work is open to all, but the company prioritises its work in areas of high socio-economic challenge. About the role We are looking for a Communications Co-ordinator (Children & Families [...]

We are hiring!2021-09-10T18:11:45+00:00

Family Art Voyage


30th July 2021 Exciting opportunity for Artists to deliver workshops for Licketyspit Children & Families Network Licketyspit children’s theatre & play organisation seeks 6 artists to deliver 3 online workshops for 3-12 year olds and their parents/carers. Developed in close consultation with our Children & Families Network (CFN), Family Art Voyage seeks to take families on a shared voyage of creative discovery, in the familiar, supportive setting of their Licketyspit Porridge & Play group. We are looking for artists from a wide range of disciplines who have exuberance, strong social skills, a commitment to children’s human rights and a passion for social justice and equal access to the arts. CFN Children have expressed a particular enthusiasm for rap, chalk art, collage, dance and music but we are open to all artforms & workshop proposals that can be delivered effectively to this intergenerational age-group via Zoom. Successful applicants will receive a 2-hour training session in Licketyspit’s Children’s Rights-based ‘Storyplay’ approach to child and family engagement and Licketyspit’s Children’s Rights Guide for Artists. Session delivery must be rights-based and you will be supported by 2 of Licketyspit’s experienced Actor-Pedagogues. Please email shona@licketyspit.com for full job description & application. Deadline for applications, Monday 30th August at 11pm. Funded by Awards for All. Previous Feedback Feedback from Family Art Voyage [...]

Family Art Voyage2021-11-24T13:08:06+00:00

Lickety Mums Blog 3!


Monday 26th April 2021 The 4th Lickety Mums session last Monday was all about digital safety and creating awareness about how to protect our online presence. Dr Soumi Dey of the University of Glasgow was the guest facilitator for this session. Soumi is an adult educator and teaches courses in Education and Social Sciences. She has a PhD in Children’s Literature and is specially interested in how children learn from digital resources. She is also a mum of a primary aged child and loves sharing her learning experiences with other parents. Soumi said: All of the topics we covered and my "internetiquette tips" can be found below. It was great to interact with all the super engaged mums – you always impress me with your keenness to learn with children and be better parents. Great to have Ruby and Shona’s support and input too. Hope to see you all again soon! Soumi :) Image on right from: beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_uk/interland/reality-river Our final session is on Monday 3rd May, Then the next block of Lickety Mums starts on Friday 7th May at 4-5pm - running every 2 weeks for 10 weeks. Soumi's Internetiquette Tips 1st: Do not give out personal details like your age, birthday, phone number, address, email or passwords. For children, [...]

Lickety Mums Blog 3!2021-04-26T14:04:23+00:00

Lickety Mums Blog 2!


Tuesday 6th April 2021 The 2nd and 3rd Lickety Mums sessions covered a wide range of topics, including word processing, podcasts and knowing what's real and what's fake, on the internet. There was also plenty of time for discussion about things to do in Glasgow and the trials and tribulations of being moved house during the pandemic. Find links to all the websites and resources we looked at below. We also started the Licketypit Playlist, at Aya's suggestion, which you can listen to below too! Next time we'll be joined again by Dr Soumi Dey, for a session on online safety. We're looking forward to learning more about using social media safely and finding out exactly what 'internettiquette' is! See you then, Ruby & Shona :) Block One Schedule 4. Monday 19th April, 7-8pm 5. Monday 3rd May, 7-8pm The sessions are currently full but please get in touch if you would like to join a future block. Block 2 starts on Friday 7th May, 4-5pm. Mum's Tip Lydia shared advice on how she supports her children to use social media safely. By having open dialogue with them about what they are sharing, they always tell her when someone leaves a comment or likes their posts, so she can check it's someone [...]

Lickety Mums Blog 2!2021-04-06T16:27:55+00:00

Lickety Mums!


Wednesday 10th March 2021 The first first block of Lickety Mums sessions started on International Women’s Day! 💃 It was a joy to come together with some of the Mums we see at our Porridge & Play sessions for a Mum-centred hour of discussion, skill sharing and good vibes! We started off stretching to I am Woman by Helen Reddy and danced our way out to Respect by Aretha Franklin! In the middle we did an introduction to the 5 Digital Rights and introduced couple of resources for developing digital literacy as a family. The Net Aware website for digital safety lets you search for Apps and learn about safety rating and how to make them even safer. Their tips for parents are also well worth a look. We also had a quick peek at Google's Internet Legends games and videos, which we'll come back to next time. Shona and Ruby were joined by Dr Soumi Dey, a Mum and specialist in children's emotional literacy, who'll be coming back to deliver a presentation at a future Lickety Mums Session. We can't wait to see you all again next time! Block One Schedule 1. Monday 8th March, 7-8pm 2. Monday 22nd March, 7-8pm 3. Monday 5th April, 7-8pm 4. Monday 19th April, 7-8pm 5. Monday 3rd May, 7-8pm The sessions are currently full but please [...]

Lickety Mums!2021-03-10T14:55:30+00:00

Andre’s Turn


In Porridge & Play we've been talking about Ceilidhs. Ceilidh is a Scottish word - in the Gaelic language - which is mostly used now to describe a Dance - with a Scottish band with maybe fiddle and accordion, where people do Scottish country dancing in big groups. BUT Ceilidhs have happened in Scotland for hundreds of years and the word Ceilidh really just means a get-together or a party! In this video Andre and Michael do a Turn where Michael is reads a poem he wrote in Scots - inspired by a Robert Burns poem called Tae a Moose! - and Andre dances the story of the poem. We hope you like it! Over to You! Maybe you'd like to do a Turn too? If so we'd love to see it and share it with everyone else in the Licketyspit Children & Families Network!   Get inspired with other CFN family creations here and here.

Andre’s Turn2021-03-05T11:13:07+00:00

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