I always remember going on the inflatable that was like a huge padded den. It was the biggest inflatable that I had ever seen. We only seemed to go during the school holidays. It was only after our school that I realised that the Blackie had much more to offer and was to be involved in various projects in future years.
When I was with a dance group (Donna, Omar, Nicola Osu and Paul) from the Methodist Youth Centre we performed in the Blackie in the “Colour Me Badd” project. It was a brilliant and frightening experience in the kind of space any dancer would love. The project was an insight into the world of theatre.
I was with the Catalyst Dance Group when we performed again in the Blackie. I attended the Black African Dance Workshops, under the skilful tuition of Lisa and Maxine Agatha. The experience added a new dimension to our routines and aspirations. It opened our eyes to how we could innovate in our dance routines.
I have always worked with children and was employed by Liverpool Black Sisters for many years during its development. The project offered play provision and a school pick-up service. The Sisters were the catalystfor the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre,a top of the range community facility with an emphasis on women’s educational and health needs.
Taking part in a radio drama called &#039;The Grove&#039; was a special period. The play was produced and directed by local women/ artists called The Positive Impact Crew and was a weekly series aired on Radio Merseyside. The drama was about the trials and tribulations of a fictionmal Liverpool family, it was very popular and attracted thousands of listeners.
I had to leave the work arena for a while after the birth of our son Joseph in 2007. Again my work with children helped me during the early years of bringing up my own child. I have now returned to child care work and am presently a senior play worker at the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre.