An inclusive charity helping children to use creativity & imagination
to find their unique potential
Busy Buttons CORE Charity
CONFIDENCE OPPORTUNITY RESPECT EMPOWERMENT
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A vivid yet creative twist draws parallels between today’s Covid lifestyle and the realities of yester years. Sparked by the true story of the teenage Queen Elizabeth and her pantomimes during WW2, it showcases inspiring episodes of everyday children, their resilience and the human spirit, then and now. Busy Buttons CORE charity has been working remotely with groups of children and senior citizens from local care homes, to create ‘The Princesses’ Play’, an online theatre event using arts and culture as tools to address isolation, wellbeing, community engagement and participation.
This online performance, drawing from factual experiences, creatively bridges times. It offers the young and the young at heart, an intriguing snapshot of living history. The young performers used puppets, animations and illustrations all created remotely during Covid at the charity’s online sessions.
It was a delight working with the students from Alexander First School as they lent their singing voices to make us carry on with the wonderful memories created.
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This performance is completely free to watch, we want as many people as possible to see the beautiful work the children have created, and hear the wonderful stories they have to share. If you can and are able to,
please make a donation for this performance.
Please give generously and help another child who would so urgently benefit from a place to explore their potential through creativity with us. THANK YOU.
Your kindness today will help make sure that more performances like this can happen. Your generosity will help children in our communities find and tell more stories from older generations. Your compassion will help more diverse groups of young people come together, to tell stories creatively and learn about themselves and the world so they can become the citizens our communities need.
Kindly supported by The Prince Phillips Trust Fund, The National Lottery Fund, The Department of Digital Culture, Media and Sport, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and WindsorYards.
An Online Theatre Performance inspired by
Queen Elizabeth’s World War 2 story
Online Theatre Performance for the family
Ages: 5 years to 101 years +
The Fountain of Hope
A Remembrance Day community art installation
It was exciting to see this burst of colour growing with great joy and pride bringing the Fountain of Hope project together gradually as the Welsh Guards worked with the Busy Buttons team to install the art piece in Windsor Town Centre. The project, sponsored by Windsor Yards was designed by local charity Busy Buttons CORE, and featured 152 giant poppies made of parachute materials, beautifully adorning The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee monument in Windsor Yards whilst raising funds for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal as Remembrance Day soon approaches.
Parachutes and poppies are both symbols of hope. Hope keeps us going and inspires many acts of kindness and bravery… ‘Lest we forget’. ‘The Fountain of Hope’ is a project remembering all those who gave their lives for our freedom to keep hope alive.
The poppies were not only made by the team at Busy Buttons CORE charity and volunteers, but also had local families from the Coldstream Guards and Welsh Guards participate in a family workshop growing the significance and a sense of great community spirit. It marked the first family event since the lockdown raising hope and positivity within the current new normalcy guidelines.
“We really enjoyed being able to come here and be part of the remembrance art work, it was nice just to be out and doing something useful together.” said one of the participant families.
People donated towards the Royal British Legion.
A CONSCIOUS JOURNEY
"Inspired by a life-threatening event, Busy Buttons was born with an aim to promote creative expression, nurture imagination, make human connections, enrich and empower the lives of young people from diverse ethnicities and social backgrounds with varying abilities and needs.
Over the years, Busy Buttons CORE has grown to continue in its outreach delivering vibrant inclusive programmes and events to the community promoting arts, heritage and culture.
Addressing the recent global challenges, Busy Buttons has responded immediately by offering interactive programmes and virtual events encouraging safe but vital social interaction during lockdown, sparking creative imagination, encouraging discussion and inspiring
children to reduce prolonged passive screen time and engage in hands on activities.
The world is undergoing a transformation and we all must respond to very new needs and situations simultaneously as they arise. Thus we aim to encourage our young people positively to rise to the demands of the unfathomable and unpredictable challenges with great ingenuity, imagination and a ‘can do’ attitude."
- Chairperson, Louella Fernandez-Lempiäinen
FOR THE FUTURE
PROMOTING ARTS, CULTURE & HERITAGE
BUILDING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES
“Just the pure amount of energy that emits from this charity is absolutely phenomenal and look what they have managed to achieve bringing communities together not only locally but globally”
- Corporal Major Preston, Household Cavalry.
CURATING CREATIVE EVENTS
“I do commend you all in what you managed to achieve and what you’ve managed to do in this wonderful, fun and exhilarating exhibition. It is good for our town.”
- Sir James Perowne,
Governor & Constable of Windsor Castle.
PARTNERING WITH ORGANISATIONS & CHARITIES
"I really enjoyed working with you today! I think your ethos of connecting with hard to reach audiences and giving back to your local community is great. You turned a disused shop into a small palace of wonderment..."
- Olivia Armstrong, Windsor Castle's favourite storyteller.
WE WORK WITH
“Well done for the opening session which was great and imaginative and allowed the children to star - and they were great , so confidence boosting for them.” - Chris Aitken, Trustee, The Prince Phillips Trust Fund
SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE
"I know that without the confidence that my
experiences at Busy Buttons gave me I would not be feeling as good as I do now."
- 12 year old participant.
“The creative arts are in danger in our schools ......the creative subjects are squeezed out and financial pressure means that we cannot resource them. The free school workshops provided by Busy Buttons are a fantastic way of giving school children opportunities to take part in practical art and design which they cannot get elsewhere.”
- teacher from local school.
MEETING DIVERSE NEEDS
"My son has always struggled at school and in other settings due to his severe anxiety and his very low self-esteem. Busy Buttons was the first setting which got to know him and to understand him and his individual needs."
- mother of 7 year old participant.
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"Imagination is more
important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the World."