Welcome to our November newsletter and our bulletin of recent Little Green Pig happenings. While the dark nights draw in, it’s beyond relieving to see shafts of light appear in what’s been a more than challenging year for most of us. We have renewed hope for the future of our children and young people with the historic crossing of the Whitehouse threshold by a formidable role model for young women everywhere. We can hope that news of medical advances in diminishing the impact of the pandemic crisis spell an end to the social isolation that so many people are suffering. And we can hope that the achievements of our sporting heroes Marcus Rashford and Lewis Hamilton will inspire a generation to believe in their value, dream the impossible and be the change they want to see. So join us in our theme for November: hope!
Thanks to a grant from the Sussex Community Foundation’s #Iwill fund, supporting pathways for young people into social activism, we were fortunate to be able to recruit Mai Hindawi as our intern who will be responsible for helping develop our youth board alongside our trustees and mentored by our Project Coordinator and Volunteer Manager, Ricardo. We asked Mai to share a bit about herself and her ambitions…
Hi everyone! I’m Mai (pronounced May like the month – people always struggle with this because of how it’s spelled so I thought to mention that here).
To start, I just wanted to say how lovely it’s been to receive such a warm welcome into the Little Green Pig family over the last few weeks!
So, I was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt on a healthy dose of Roald Dahl books and science-fiction movies, though I like to think of myself now as a citizen of the internet…
I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil (here’s the photo proof:
so I know first-hand how much of an impact writing can have on young people and change the world for the better in the process. That’s why I think the after school clubs Little Green Pig offer for free are so fantastic and fun and important.
During my time here, I’ll be in charge of creating a Youth Board – a small dedicated group of young people to represent our diverse community and help the charity move in the right direction. I’m hoping this will help us reach and engage with more children and young people than ever before!
I’ll also be helping to re-launch AMPLIFIED in the Spring, which I am extra excited about because spoken word poetry is a long time passion of mine and I was so blown away by last year’s writers and their performances, I can’t wait to see what they bring this time around :)
That’s all I have to say for now, but I hope to speak to you again, and report back on how the Youth Board project is going soon.
Earthworks at Fabrica
If you didn’t have the chance to immerse yourself in the seismic installation at Fabrica before Lockdown, do check out their website for a psychedelic view of our evolving geology. Adam, our Learning and Engagement Manager, held an online workshop exploring the visual spectacular attended by 11 young people. We had a lovely contribution from our new recruit Molly who shared her poem:
Festive shopping; LGP’s goodreads
If you’re searching for the perfect stocking filler, look no further than local author Sharon Duggal’s latest novel ‘Should We Fall Behind’. A story for our times, it’s about a society characterised by displacement and isolation and the redemptive power of friendship. A previous trustee at Little Green Pig, Sharon is a storyteller of great sensitivity that’s had her writing compared to William Trevor, featured as Prima’s book of the month by literary editor Nina Pottell and garnered glowing reviews from the Yorkshire Times. Read Yorkshire Times’s interview with Sharon here and as ever, a call to shop local and support your high street bookstore!
Little Green Pig patron and best selling author Dorothy Koomson has teamed with Foluke Akinlose MBE to create the Precious Book Box, a subscription service that aims to highlight black authors. The woman behind the Precious Network , Foluke’s mission to provide a platform that champions women of colour in business has developed with Dorothy’s involvement building a community and book group that has self-care and well-being at it’s heart. And resounding congratulations to Dorothy for being named this year’s most influential black Briton in Powerlist 2021!
We are ever-indebted to our supporters and this month would like to say a huge thank you to the Christopher Laing Foundation for their continued support. In critical times such as these, we understand the pressure on funders to help so many deserving causes and without ever taking such support for granted, we believe it testimony to the value of the work Little Green Pig workshop leaders and our amazing volunteers manage to deliver.