Dance And Drama In Community Recognised At Awards

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Date posted: 21 May 2012

Two Creative Expressive Therapies degree students have been recognised for their work volunteering in the community with an award win and nomination from the University. Both students carried out the voluntary work during placements for their degree course.

Final year BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies degree student Sophie Hickmott, 24, was nominated for the University of Derby Student Volunteer of the Year Award 2012 for her placement at Derby dance venue Déda.

Over ten weeks, Sophie helped to teach four and five year old children creative movement in Deda's 'Skippers' dance class. Every Saturday morning Sophie helped the children express themselves and to tell stories using dance, something she has been developing during her learning on the Dance Pathway of a Creative Expressive Therapies degree.

Sophie said: "Working with the children has really boosted my confidence and has given me a new direction. Previous to the placement I was hoping to use creative dance to work with people with eating disorders, but now I would like to work with children.

"It was a great surprise and fantastic to be nominated for this award."

Sophie's course mate, Samantha Gomersall, 23, also a final year student was crowned Student Volunteer of the Year 2012, for her work at Headway Derby, a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury.

While working with Headway, Samantha went above and beyond her placement activity. Every Tuesday morning for ten weeks she led workshops for groups at the day centre using art, dance and drama, but also stayed at the centre to volunteer every Tuesday afternoon, and helped out on trips and at parties.

Samantha said: "From my research into the effects of brain injuries I knew that the people I worked with would often have trouble with their short term memory. I knew that the more I saw the centre's clients, and the more familiar I became that we would build up a rapport and work better together. This really was the case.

"The placement was really beneficial to my course, giving me the experience of running my own creative arts workshop for adults. It also showed me that working with people with neurological disorders is definitely something I would like to do once I graduate."

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