We're back at Woodlea
The wait is finally over...
Every Tuesday (in term-time)
For ages 11-18
Dates for this term
14 September - 14 December (except half term on 26 October)
New to Reach?
Please read all the info on this page, then contact our youth team if you'd like to join.
Staying covid safe
Not feeling well?
Please DON'T come to Reach if:
Anyone in your house has symptoms of Covid-19
Anyone in your house is self-isolating or waiting for a PCR test result
When you arrive, we'll ask how you're feeling. If you're not well or should be isolating, we won't be able to let you inside, so it's best to stay at home and let us know you can't make it.
If you begin to feel ill during the night, please tell one of our team. We have an isolation area where you can wait safely. We'll look after you until your parents can collect you.
HANDS: Please use hand sanitiser when you arrive. If you touch any shared equipment, please wash your hands thoroughly afterwards with soap and water.
FACE: [UPDATED] The law in England has changed - everyone aged 11+ must wear a face covering at all times (unless medically exempt).
SPACE: We'll give everyone plenty of personal space, keeping socially distanced whenever we can.
FRESH AIR: Windows will need to stay open to help with ventilation, so the building will be cooler than normal. You might want to wear an extra layer to keep warm!
TOILETS: There are separate toilets for team members and young people.
CLEANING: Our building is cleaned before every activity.
SIGNS: You'll see 'no entry' signs or 'one way' systems which are there to keep you safe. Please make sure you read and follow the signs at all times.
Lateral Flow Testing
Puppeteers don't need to take a Lateral Flow Test before Reach Puppets, but if you've taken a test for school which has come back positive, please stay at home and get a PCR test.
All Vision team members will take a Lateral Flow Test before helping out at Reach Puppets.
What is Reach Puppets?
Reach Puppets is an award-winning puppetry team for ages 11-18. We meet every Tuesday night to put together exciting performances and videos. Our shows are usually aimed at children (we often perform at Vision Kids events) but we're sometimes asked to visit churches and schools too.
What happens on Tuesday nights?
A typical Tuesday night would include:
Fun warm-up exercises with puppets
Rehearsal time in small groups
Time to 'recharge' with refreshments, inspiration and prayer
What's the next big performance?
In November-December we'll be working on some Christmas performances (of course!) Some of our performances may be recorded for our website or local primary schools.
What do I need?
For now, we're asking everyone to bring their own drink, ideally in a re-usable bottle with a lid (soft drinks only, no energy drinks please). This helps us keep covid safe! Please don't bring food or snacks. We have plenty of crisps and biscuits for break time.
How much does it cost?
Reach Puppets is free! You don't need to bring any money with you.
I'm new. Can I join?
Yes! We're looking for new puppeteers aged 11-18. You don't need any experience - our team will help you learn all the basic skills in no time at all.
Reach Puppets is a brilliant opportunity to:
Learn different skills
Make new friends
Work as a team
Enjoy the buzz of performing
Get extra support from our team if you need it
If you've never been to Reach Puppets and would like to try it out, please message our youth team on 07454 50 80 30. You can also ask a parent or carer to contact us.
Who's on the team?
Our team leader is called Alison, who's been running Reach Puppets for more than 20 years! Our choreographers, coaches and backstage team are Jenny, Lizzi, Lottie, Stuart, Suzie and Yvonne.
Parents and carers
If your child would like to join Reach Puppets, please contact our youth team.
We'll send you a link to a digital Parental Consent Form. This allows us to securely register your child on our system and keep them safe when they're with us.
New puppeteers might need to wait a few weeks before joining, especially if we've started rehearsing for a big performance and have already allocated parts.
Reminders and updates
We send reminders and updates to parents/carers via text message or WhatsApp. Messages will usually be sent the night before a rehearsal or performance. Puppeteers can also choose to receive weekly updates (ages 11-12 will need parental permission first). Once they're registered, we'll let you know how they can sign up.
Reach Puppets is a weekly commitment, and we hope puppeteers will look forward to attending every Tuesday. It takes many weeks to rehearse and prepare for each performance, and while it's OK to miss an occasional week, those who miss a lot of rehearsal time may also miss the opportunity to perform. If your child is unable to attend, please let us know as far in advance as possible by sending a message to 07454 50 80 30.
Dropping off / picking up
Reach Puppets is held at Woodlea Mission in Waterfoot. Please use the front door on Tenterfield Street. Our postcode is BB4 7BA.
Puppeteers should arrive at 6:30pm.
Please pick up your child at 8:30pm. If you're a few minutes early, please wait outside until the finish time.
We want to provide a safe environment where young people feel inspired and encouraged. We expect young people to respect each other, behave sensibly, and treat equipment with care. Our team will proactively work with young people and their parents/carers if behaviour is impacting the rest of the group.
Puppeteers should keep their mobile with them in case parents/carers need to get in touch, but otherwise we like to keep Reach Puppets 'screen-free' as far as possible and would prefer young people not to use their phones between 6:30-8:30pm.
Reach Puppets is run by Vision, an established and trusted youth charity. Keeping young people safe is always our first priority; we have detailed and robust processes and training in place. For more information please read our Safeguarding Statement.
Reach Puppets is a faith-based activity. The songs we use for our performances and videos focus on a Christian message of hope, freedom and new life that we believe is found in Jesus. In our 'recharge' breaks, we often talk about God, faith and the Bible, and give young people opportunities to pray for each other. If you have any questions about this aspect of Reach Puppets, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Reach Puppets is free for young people to attend. If you'd like to help towards our running costs, please consider donating £5/month to Vision (or making a one-off donation) which will help us keep Woodlea Mission open for all young people in Rossendale.