Its a new year and a new term at Descendants, but before we get started, let us take a moment to review the year that has just past and share once again some of the amazing Descendants highlights from 2016. Click the links to read more about each story on our site.
We’re looking forward to making even more memories in 2017 – hope you’ll be there with us!
What an amazing young Man! 11 year-old Junior, who lost both his legs as a baby, ran the first ever Parallel London 1K Event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, raising over £2,500 for Descendants.
This was his first experience of doing a charity run, and his performance inspired both children and adults, in the UK and World wide. He also received a letter of support, and a photo from his favourite football team, Liverpool, which included a personal letter from the Manager Jurgen Klopp and a signed photograph. Junior was absolutely delighted, as he is a massive fan!
October Black History Month Event
On Friday 14th October, the Descendants family gathered to celebrate Black History Month with a very special event. The children performed short plays based on the lives of “Heroes and Sheroes” past, present and future, with a special place in the programme reserved to pay tribute to our Late Patron, Dr John Roberts CBE QC, who sadly passed earlier this year. We also gave out awards to our young people to inspire and encourage them to keep moving upwards!
Selection of 3 new Patrons
Following the passing of 2 of our Patrons, Connie Mark BEM MBE and Dr John Roberts CBE QC, Descendants’ Management Committee are excited to announce that we have appointed 3 new dynamic Patrons.
Camara Jessica Fearon, a singer songwriter and community activist
Mr Lennox Thomas, an eminent phycologist, and past Chair of Descendants
Sister Monica, a Nun who is actively engaged in the community.
Everybody got a chance to put their artistic hats on…even the volunteers!
When 24 Descendants kids, young people, parents & volunteers took an October half-term trip to The Houses of Parliament at the kind invitation of Rupa Huq, MP Ealing Central & Acton, they looked very much at home.
There are definitely some strong leaders in the group – could this be a sneak preview of things to come…?
On Friday 16th December, the Descendants family boarded a coach to see the London Christmas lights at their festive best.
On the day, the children were gifted books donated by Giving World Online
In September 2016, 12 members of Descendants Management Committee, volunteers and young people went for an evening out to see a performance by Alvin Aylie, American Dance Theatre at Sadlers Wells theatre
Descendants has raised £100 which will be sent to a charity working with families in Haiti, which was devastated by a hurricane earlier in the year .
future events 2017-18
- Projects planned for the next term include making a film. If you have some expertise in this area and can volunteer your services, let the committee know!
- Descendants has organised the showing of the film ‘Looking for love’ by director Menelik Shabazz on Saturday 18th February 2017, at Bollo Brook Youth and Community Centre, Acton. The director will be taking questions, we hope to have a guest panel featuring the cast
- A half-term trip to Liverpool to include visits to the Slave Museum…and to Anfield, to make our very own Junior’s dream come true!
- Scheduled events will include the 13th annual Descendants’ Dr John Roberts CBE QC achievement awards which will take place on Friday 7th July 2017, at the Double Tree by Hilton, Ealing Common. This is an inspirational event, one not to be missed!
Celebrating 25 years of Descendants 1993-2018
As we get closer to celebrating 25 years of Descendants it fills us all with pride and amazement at some of our astonishing achievements since we were established in 1993. Our performance in a local catholic primary school was the platform from which we began our journey! Margaret and Collette worked on a dance and singing performance that would become the springboard to Descendants’ incredible journey. During this period, we have performed for the Queen, we have performed for famous footballers, we have performed alongside world famous singers like Gabrielle and Sir Cliff Richard. We have been through an amazing journey which we would like to share with past students, parents, volunteers, and the wider Community.
We have therefore set aside the Month of September 2018 to mark our anniversary with a selection of events. We hope that past members will come out and support these events as you were part of the making of history!
Descendants New office hours
Descendants office is now based on the 1st floor, Community office 1
Everyone Active, High Street, Acton W.3 6NE
- Monday: 3.30 – 7.30p.m (by appointment)
- Tuesday: YSB 5 – 7pm
- Thursday 11-3p.m
- Friday 4-8p.m
Descendants club meets Every Friday 6-8p.m during term times
Community room 1 and 2 on the 2nd floor
New Term begins on Friday 13th January 2016, 6-8p.m