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15/7/2011 - Media Opportunity - Gig in the Garden, Sedbergh Drive Respite Centre, Kendal

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Members of the media are invited to a ‘Gig in the Garden’ at Sedbergh Drive Respite Centre in Kendal on Saturday 16 July from 6pm – 8pm.

Whitewood and Fleming, an organisation who work with a range of freelance artists and specialists in the field of music and film, are currently commissioned by Cumbria County Council to work with their looked after children.

Over the last eight weeks they have been working with young people and Sedbergh Drive staff creating music, magic sculptures, creative writing and film and on Saturday they will be pitching a tent in the garden and putting on a gig to showcase their new skills. Foster carers, families and social workers have been invited to the gig and it is a chance for the media to interview Whitewood and Fleming, staff and young people about the work they have been involved in.

Cllr Anne Burns, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care, said: "It is a fantastic opportunity for out looked after children to showcase their new skills and talents."

Ben Clifton, a Residential Support Worker at Sedbergh Drive, said: "The young people and the staff have really enjoyed working with Whitewood and Fleming and have gained a range of new skills which they can use again and again."

There will be a number of looked after younger children at the event and care should be taken in not disclosing the identity of any of these children. However, social workers, foster carers and representatives from Whitewood and Fleming will be available for photo opportunties. 

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