Reaching Out Charity Newsletter - July 2016

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July 2016 | Issue No. 4

A Kusuma Trust & PJI Foundation Charity Newsletter

In this, our summer edition of , we look forward to this year’s edition of the Gibraltar World Music Festival entitled ‘Obrigado!’ which will celebrate the culture of Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) countries with music, workshops for schools and a street party. One of the main aims of the Festival has always been to create a platform for the youth to get involved in cultural activities. This year, with the support of the Kusuma Trust, Gibraltar Productions has prepared an extensive programme of activities for local students. The programme, ‘Come to my School’, was conceived by Driss Alaoui Mdaghri, a former minister and very active figure in Moroccan civil society, and will include scientific, cultural and artistic events. The project embraces different cultures, nationalities, and art forms, with a view to fostering greater freedom of expression, collaborative creativity, and fusion of diverse cultures; these being the cardinal values of the World Culture Foundation. This educational programme will no doubt help Gibraltarian students to cultivate a love for literature, art, and music, with artists from across the globe participating in the exciting cultural activities which have been organised in conjunction with the Department of Education.


A Spotlight on Sue Boulter Can you tell us how the Physical Activities Association for Mature Older Adults (PAAMOA) was established? It all started when Gladys Sanchez was planning her retirement and she began to wonder how she was going to fill her time, moving forwards. After speaking to Michelle Turner at the Gibraltar Sports and Leisure Authority (GSLA) and Manolo Ruiz of the Senior Citizens’ Association, it became clear that there were no regular organised exercise programmes in place for senior citizens. Together, they decided to do something about this situation by organising the first land and aqua aerobics classes; and so PAAMOA was born!

So how has PAAMOA grown since then?

In 2009, a constitution for PAAMOA was formalised and a committee was voted in. Since then, more and more aqua fit and aqua aerobics classes have been added to our programme, meaning that we now provide 9 aqua activity classes from Monday to Friday during school term time. I’m very happy to be able to tell you that we now run some 550 classes, with our membership having grown exponentially over the last year to over 150 service users!

Can you tell us a bit about how the Association goes about raising funds for the activities you provide? As there is no charge for our services for members over 60 years of age, all our funds need to be raised privately. The Bonita Trust sponsored PAAMOA between 2009 and 2011. It was in 2011 that PAAMOA was granted charity status in Gibraltar. Then, in 2012, the Kusuma Trust awarded PAAMOA a grant to cover professional fees for the training of 2 people in Modern Mat Pilates. In 2013, the Mackintosh Homes Trust donated funds to cover PAAMOA’s running costs. And, that same year, the Kusuma Trust invested in vital equipment for our classes. I’d like to thank our supporters and encourage more senior citizens to get involved.

Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Park (FOAWP) is a registered charity in Gibraltar which was created to help develop, maintain and promote the Park for the benefit of the local community, and as an attraction for visitors to the Rock. The Alameda Wildlife Conservation Park is the only wildlife park in Gibraltar and is home to both exotic and native species. In fact, the Park keepers care for exotic animals confiscated by the Gibraltar customs authorities and even unwanted exotic pets and animals on loan from international zoos, such as the Cotton-Topped Tamarin. The Park views the conservation of threatened species, and raising awareness on the importance of this task, as an essential part of their role in the community; and so it strives to partake in international conservation projects which support multi-species protection in the wild. Through selected captive breeding programmes, the Park hopes to play an important part in this ongoing international effort. Recently, the Wildlife Park was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, as well as the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) accreditation. Park staff are grateful for all their visitors and supporters and, indeed, FOAWP are always looking for new volunteers who are passionate about nature and would like to get involved at the Park. They invite any interested individuals over 14 years of age to get in touch by email at: or by visiting the FOAWP Facebook page. Younger volunteers are also welcome but must be accompanied by a guardian. There are also a number of events open to the public which will be taking place over the summer. The Botanic Gardens will be hosting a number of stage productions over the coming months in the Open Air Theatre, information on which can be obtained through the Gibraltar Tourist Board. There is also a 2-week summer programme of the Alameda Gardening Club running, as well as the Eco-Art group, run by Ania Maza, which will be taking place in the Wildlife Park on Monday and Tuesday mornings throughout the summer, from 10am - 1pm.

Childline & Trestle Theatre The Trestle Theatre Company has been providing innovative and inspirational physical theatre and participation projects since 1981 and is today one of the leading providers of drama school workshops and teacher training in the United Kingdom. Trestle’s mission is to engage children, young people, and adults in creative activity, with the aim of enhancing the cultural quality of their experiences and equipping participants with the appropriate tools to talk about their emotions in a positive way. Back in 2013, Trestle visited Gibraltar to deliver a series of workshops at both local comprehensive schools and has, this year, been on the Rock again as part of a programme organised by Childline Gibraltar. The local Childline team will be taking forward the skills they have gained through these workshops into their GSLA summer programme, the details of which will be announced shortly.




This March, Childline Gibraltar partnered up with the Trestle Theatre Company to provide a series of innovative storytelling and theatre workshops at Bayside and Westside comprehensive schools. The project, funded by the Kusuma Trust, was aimed at encouraging young students, over the age of 12, to explore difficult topics, such as the issues of family breakdown and emotional abuse, through the medium of drama.

There were two elements to the workshops provided by Trestle at local schools: the first was aimed at helping young people deal with the key issues identified by Childline Gibraltar’s Helpline Services by encouraging them to express their creative side through storytelling and theatre play, and the second was geared towards aiding practitioners, such as youth workers and teachers, to explore innovative and productive ways in which professionals can help children and young people deal with sensitive issues.

Students offered overwhelmingly positive feedback on the workshops, with many expressing their hope to see Trestle back again in the near future, and some even offering suggestions for topics of discussion which they felt were relevant to their age group and to young people in Gibraltar more generally:

The workshops received a fantastic response, with some 400 pupils from year groups 9 to 13 participating, many of whom praised how the sessions had allowed them to open up and talk about pastoral issues in a fun and relaxed context.

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‘This workshop was a really valuable experience for all involved, both from a Drama point of view and from an emotional and psychological angle.’ To find out more about Trestle’s work visit:

Trestle uses masked and physical theatre as part of their arts education programme to help young people feel comfortable about tapping into and expressing emotions which may be harder to discuss out in the open.

26 aug. Gibraltar Alzheimer’s & Dementia Society (GADS) Flag Day

sept. World Alzheimer’s Month

To speak to Childline Gibraltar call freephone: 8008 or visit their website at:



GADS Awareness Day

22 sept.

Bosom Buddies Variety & Fashion Show

WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING? To feature in our next edition, email: A big thank you to all our contributing photographers!

Childline 10th Anniversary Ball

St Anne’s Health & Charity Event Bassadone at EY Iron Man Event

Manar’s Med Steps Challenge

Clubhouse Yellow Fun Day

Miss Gib Fundraises for Calpe House

Westside School Annual Fundraising

Isolas take on Med Steps Challenge

Bosom Buddies Away Day

Calentita Night 2016

Gary Evans Donation to GADS

Special Olympics Football

Mark Randall Walks to Jerusalem

Bishop Fitzgerald School Fundraiser

GTB Quiz Night for GBC Open Day CM Visits New Calpe House

Loreto Teachers for Saffron Rose

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