Local performing arts company helps families in need

By Amanda Wilkins - 5 June 2024

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Swindon-based Revolution Performing Arts (RPA) is continuing its support for local families during the summer holidays through its Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme.

  • Fi Da Silva-Adams, founder of RPA

    Fi Da Silva-Adams, founder of RPA

Funded by the Department of Education through Swindon Council, the national HAF programme aims to ensure that thousands of children who usually receive free school meals have access to nutritious, hot meals during the holidays, while also enjoying free access to fun and engaging activities.

The Sessions in Swindon will be run every Monday - Thursday morning from 29th July - 22nd August 2024 at Croft Primary School, Marlborough Lane, Swindon SN3 1RA.

Fi Da Silva-Adams, Founder of RPA said: “I know from personal experience the profound impact the arts can have on children facing personal challenges.

"Growing up in sometimes difficult circumstances, the arts became my sanctuary. While we don't provide therapy, creative activities have a therapeutic element and can significantly enhance a child's ability to cope during difficult times. Plus, they’re enormous fun!

“School holidays can be a particularly difficult time for some families who are struggling to provide food and activities for children due to increased food and childcare costs and reduced incomes. To be able to support all children now with such joyous activities, regardless of their family’s financial situation, is such a blessing for me and my team.”

The summer programme will feature an array of activities, including singing, dancing, acting, street dance and additional activities such as arts and crafts. There will also be visits from animal groups and public services, providing unique and enriching experiences for the children.

RPA has supported HAF helping Swindon families in the past, but the Wiltshire County Council’s FUEL programme has also enabled RPA to extend the programme to families in Chippenham, Malmesbury and Royal Wootton Bassett.

The FUEL programme is being held at the following three venues: Sheldon School, Hardenhuish Lane, Chippenham SN14 6HJ; Malmesbury Primary School, Tetbury Hill, Malmesbury SN16 9JR; and Wootton Basset Infants’ School, High Street, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon SN4 7BS.

RPA was founded in 2007 by Fi Da Silva Adams and specialises in encouraging young people to celebrate their individuality through the power of performing arts on an equal footing regardless of family income.

Fi’s message to parents and carers is: “At RPA, we focus on warmth, love, and inclusion. There are no special talent requirements, auditions, or exams. Children come here to enjoy themselves and shine!”

All the RPA leaders have enhanced DBS police checks and have received full safe-guarding and first aid training.

Eligible families will receive a voucher from their school, including a booking link to sign up.

Families from all backgrounds can also book sessions privately by contacting RPA at 01793 792983, emailing [email protected], or visiting www.revolutionpa.co.uk and clicking on the Holiday Fun page.


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