Back to school!

It’s been a busy start to the year already for our Creative Schools Team.  Our programme centred around taking a creative approach to exploring British Values has been particularly popular amongst schools.  Take a look at our latest newsletter with details of this programme and other workshops we will be delivering over the coming term, both to schools across Gloucestershire and the rest of the country too.

Creative Schools Newsletter Jan 2017



Have the time of your life!

Was learning to dance one of your resolutions for the New Year?  Or perhaps you have resolved to try and get more active and make healthy changes to your lifestyle?

In addition to their regular weekly programme of health and fitness classes, local community organisation World Jungle is organising another series of individual dance workshops to take place over the course of the year on Saturday mornings at the Chantry Centre (Lister Hall) in Dursley.

Fans of the late Patrick Swayze will be especially excited by the choice of the first workshop taking place on Saturday 4th February 10am-12noon which is themed around the iconic film ‘Dirty Dancing’

 The dance workshop will be led by guest tutor Claire Phipps from the Showgirl Academy in Bristol who has run a number of popular dance workshops in the town over the past few years. Claire said:

“I am delighted to be invited back to Dursley and I’m really looking forward to deliver this session which is always great fun.  The music is infectious and you won’t be able to stop smiling as you learn some of the iconic moves that made the film so memorable.”


Organiser Jane Manning from World Jungle said:

“There are so many good reasons to get dancing – It’s a fun, social way of keeping fit, great for both your physical health and mental wellbeing.  What’s more, regardless of age, experience or ability, anyone can dance.”


Tickets for the two hour workshop cost £8.  No partner is needed and all ages and abilities are welcome.  Just wear normal fitness or comfortable clothes, dance shoes or trainers.  There are limited spaces, so booking is advisable by contacting Jane Manning at World Jungle on 07878 865297, email or visit .


A great night out to chase away the January Blues!

Help chase away the January blues and enjoy a great night of music and dance at the Chantry Centre in Dursley with the ever popular Bristol-based band, ‘The Soul Destroyers’,  supported by ‘Latino Groove’.

Back by popular demand, ‘The Soul Destroyers’ will be performing at the Chantry Centre (Lister Hall) in Dursley early next month on Saturday 4th February.  Tickets sold out quickly last time they performed in the town, so organisers are encouraging people to book up quickly to avoid missing out.

The Soul Destroyers are a fourteen piece band which the Bristol Evening Post say ‘just have to be the best party band around’.  The evening has been organised by creative organisation World Jungle.  Money raised from the evening will be going towards supporting local community projects together with  the upkeep and development of the Chantry Centre as a resource for the whole community to use.

Doors open at 7:30pm and tickets are £12 each and are available from The Chantry Centre,  online from the World Jungle website ( or at World Jungle’s local health and fitness classes.

For more information, please phone 07878 865297, email    or visit  .

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Equality & Diversity training really can be fun!


World Jungle’s Global Play team visits Ashton Gate Out of School Care

Earlier this year members of World Jungle’s Global Play Team spent the day delivering training for the staff of ‘Ashton Gate Out of School Care’, a south Bristol playsetting rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

The training was part of World Jungle’s award winning global play programme designed for teaching staff, childcare, youth and play workers who want to help children and young people have the opportunity to explore cultural diversity in fun and exciting ways.

During the day staff were taught a whole variety of games from around the world to use with their children in the setting as a creative tool to explore other cultures, promote cultural diversity and effectively challenge discriminatory behaviour in an age appropriate way.  Ways were discussed around how to effectively meet the diverse needs of children, promote positive attitudes to diversity and the differences between each of us, with the aim to equip staff with the skills to prevent discrimination and challenge prejudice.

Giving feedback on the session, Bella Wright from Ashton Gate Out of School Care said:

“We all loved the training, it was so fun and we got a lot from it. It met all of our needs and more. The two workshop leaders were brilliant!”


Ben Ward from World Jungle, who developed and led the programme said:

“We have had lots of positive feedback from organisations who we have delivered this training session for.  Settings have reported that not only does it let them learn more about multi-cultural play and meet some of the challenges around delivering ‘British Values’ within the National Curriculum, but it also provides a team building experience for staff too as an added bonus!”


World Jungle’s Global Play programme has won a national award and the organisation has worked with primary and secondary schools across the South West, London and Midlands, together with over 50 different Early Year Providers and Play Settings, County Councils and national charities.

In addition to offering training to staff, World Jungle works directly with children and young people visiting childcare settings, holiday play schemes, nurseries, schools and community groups delivering lots of fun and cultural activities ranging from African/Caribbean/Indian/Carnival dance, music, arts and African/Samba drumming, to circus skills, games from around the world and outdoor play and bushcraft.

For more information, please contact Ben Ward on 07889 512644, email or visit .


Make a Difference in Cam & Dursley

“It can be amazing where a simple conversation can lead…”  That is the basic idea behind a new programme being launched in Cam and Dursley this month which hopes to kick-start some new community projects and groups by asking people what they care enough about in their area to do something about.

Residents of Cam and Dursley are being encouraged think about what they would like to see happen in their community to help make it even better.  From starting a new group or helping an existing group develop, organising an event or working to improve a community space – the idea could be anything. What is important is that ideas come from the hearts of people living here and are driven forward by local people coming together to share their strengths, skills and experience to help make it happen.

The programme is being co-ordinated by local community organisation World Jungle working in partnership with Barnwood Trust.  Ben Ward from World Jungle said:

“When we look at communities, all too often the focus is on what is ‘wrong’ with a place.  We want to turn this way of thinking on its head and look at what is ‘strong’ instead.  Through having lots of conversations with local people, our aim is to identify the gifts, strengths and passions of individuals,  find out what they care enough about to want to make happen and help people come together and achieve their aim.”

 If you would like to have a chat with their team, they will be on hand every Wednesday morning in Dursley Library or call 07889 512644 to arrange a good time.  You can also go along to meet them at the next Farmer’s Market in Dursley town centre on the morning of Saturday 12 November where some fun activities will be on offer too including face painting for children.  Ben continues:

“People coming together are what help make communities strong and what help make things happen. From having lots of conversations with local people we hope  to encourage people to go forward with their ideas and connect with others in the community who may share the same aim, ambition or interest.”

For more information, please contact Ben Ward at World Jungle on 07889 512644, email  or visit the World Jungle website:  .

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New group creating a noise in St Paul’s!

Last Wednesday saw the launch of a new weekly music group based at the St Paul’s Learning Centre in Bristol inviting people of all ages, experience and cultural backgrounds to come together through rhythm, song and voice.

The DRUM group is being led by Bristol based musician and singer, Richard Davis, from community organisation World Jungle.  They plan to meet each Wednesday from 10.30am-12.30 over the coming ten weeks at the St Paul’s Learning Centre in Grosvenor Road and it is free for people to just go along and join in the fun.

The group is being supported as part of the ‘Bristol Ageing Better’ regional initiative working to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people and help residents live more fulfilling lives.  Richard explains:

“We are keen to meet lots of local residents from the area and are particularly hoping to attract the over-55’s.  Having just celebrated turning 60 myself, we want to emphasise the positive aspects of getting older, so many experiences to share, people to meet, new skills to learn and enjoyment to be had.”

No experience is required at all, just a love of music and rhythm.  All instruments are provided too.  It is hoped that as the group grows in knowledge and confidence, they will go on to be able to share performances with the rest of the community.

If you would be interested in getting  involved, please just turn up on Wednesday at 10am or contact Richard on 0117 9551508, 07828 072070 or email .  Further information can also be found on the World Jungle website:  .


Getting Dursley Dancing!

As the new series of the BBC’s ‘Strictly Coming Dancing’ gets ready to hit our television screens this Autumn, you too can experience some of that ‘strictly magic’.

Strictly Dance stars Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite have developed a dance and fitness programme called ‘FitSteps’, which combines the best known and most popular Latin and Ballroom dances with proven fitness techniques.  It all goes in to making a fabulously fun exercise session, which quickly improves fitness and posture, burning lots of calories too.

To correspond with launch of Strictly Come Dancing on 23rd September, a FREE taster session will take place on Monday 26th September from 7.30pm-8.15pm in the Chantry Centre (Lister Hall) in Long Street, Dursley.  The session will be led by accredited Fitsteps Instructor Jane Manning from ‘World Jungle’ who has trained with Natalie Lowe and takes a regular Fitsteps class at that time each week in Lister hall.  If you would like to take part, just turn up on the day and join in with the class. All ages and levels of experience welcome.  Jane explains:

“Fitsteps is a great way to exercise, without even realising it!  You don’t need to be able to dance – and it doesn’t involve any partner work or require special shoes.  Just turn up in training shoes and comfortable clothes for a workout, enjoy the music, get fit and have some fun!”

World Jungle is bringing lots of other opportunities to the town to encourage people to get active and get dancing this Autumn.  Their programme also includes two special Saturday morning dance workshops which will also take place at the Chantry Centre from 10am-12noon:

  • Saturday 24th September: CHARLESTON – Take a trip back to the 1920’s as you learn the vintage dance moves that were once danced by flappers.
  • Saturday 5th November: JIVE – Learn the flicks, kicks and twists of latin and ballroom style jive dancing!

Tickets for the Charleston and Jive dance workshops are £8 and available from the World Jungle website ( .  For more information, please contact Jane Manning at World Jungle on 07878865297 or email