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Centrestage Communities delivers assets and strengths focussed activities to individuals and communities, many living with multiple deprivations, using the arts and enterprise as the main tools for raising aspiration, achievement, inclusion and community capacity. All of our projects aim to build on the knowledge and skills of all participants whilst developing their individual and collective strengths.

Focus on... Heart and Soul with Valerie Barr

For the first Focus on... article we meet with Valerie Barr.  Valerie is the Development Manager for Heart and Soul, a Centrestage Communities project in partnership with the Robertson Trust which involves working with women throughout Ayrshire.

People are at the heart of everything. I strongly believe community is our greatest strength and it’s something I’m very passionate about.

I came to start working with Centrestage after meeting Fiona McKenzie who asked me if I would go out on the Centrestage bus into the communities which I really enjoyed. I’ve been with Centrestage since February last year and without a doubt it’s one of the most rewarding experiences in my life so far!

Heart and Soul is a really amazing thing.. Lots of people have challenges but when we are together it’s all about belonging, it’s about feeling positive and having a place together.

It’s not without it’s challenges encouraging people to realise their potential, a lot of communities have experienced significant challenges over the years but when you see the change in people there’s nothing like it in the world!

Basically Heart and Soul is all about kindness and compassion. It’s about women being the best that they can be. It’s about sharing skills and ultimately having fun in a nurturing environment.

Up until now I’ve had a base in Cumnock and we are very grateful to Janice Hendry for offering us a space at Yipworld until our own Heart and Soul premises open in late March.

We’ve had some great events together already including a superb day at Cumnock Town Hall where we brought women and young girls from all over the Heart and Soul community together.

It’s great to see all these women come together. Friendships and relationships are being built. There are recognised collective aims - caring for their own respective communities and taking a wee bit of time for themselves.

Heart and Soul will open in Cumnock in late March.
— Valerie Barr

For more information about Heart and Soul contact Valerie direct on 07341 866068 or email valerie.barr@centrestagecommunities.org.uk

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