The Kindred Centre…By Chris Charles.

Just checking back in to let you know about the amazing afternoon we had down at the Kindred Centre on Les Genats.

Lottie asked if any of the parents group would like to get involved with the week of Photography and here is some of the imagery that was produced along with some of the key words, feelings and emotions the families thought were important to them and showed what Guernsey is all about.

We started the afternoon with a workshop to get the ideas flowing and also the children got the opportunity to do some art work with the team and decorate some of the words the parents and grandparents wrote down.

Antonia and her new friend pulling wicked concentration faces!!

 

Dad playing with the glue…

…and Grandma enjoying some time with her little lady and the jelly fish!!

Then it was outside to take some shots with me…

 

Sue’s family were first in front of the camera, her daughter with her children jumped straight in and we got some great images…

 

…What you looking at Chris…?

 

We talked about Guernsey being a peaceful, beautiful and friendly place but living on Guernsey was also a challenge especially when you are on the bread line.

 

…we also talked about your neighbors being important and support coming from the family and friends…

Next was Jake and his young family…

Daddies little girl..

 

…and mummy’s little boy…

…and not forgetting big sister…

We talked about how Guernsey is a safe and respectful place to bring up a family and that the Island is like one big family, somewhere Jake hopes his children can achieve in their lives.

Talking about one big happy family here is Cindy, the Grandma – not that i believed her, with some more of the gang…

Grandma with the youngest member of the family…

..and with the budding footballer too…

…get off my swing Chris!!!

Cindy talked about the generational aspect of Guernsey and how memories and the important things about family have been passed down from parents to children to grand children and that the Island is very special and picturesque. The only downside we touched on was that Guernsey was getting more expensive for each generation.

 

Next in front of the camera was Heidi’s family and boy was i kept on my toes, the play ground at the Kindred centre became the back drop to a game of chase and peek-a-boo…loved it.

Keep up if you can Chris…

 

…you are looking tired old man…

 

…OK maybe I over did it..take me home you guys I want a nap!!

Family and friends have been a big talking point and Heidi also mentioned the fact that everyone knows one and other makes Guernsey a safe place, a place she is proud to call home.

Talking of pride, we also talked about the fact that Heidi and her family are also very proud to be from Guernsey.

Kerry-Anne was next to introduce me to her family and again we had a lot of fun running round after her daughter and talking about Guernsey life.

Some of the key words that Kerry shared with the group were pride, family and loyalty.

 

 

We also discussed how she thought that Guernsey had it’s own identity…

 

 

 

…an originality that was reflected within it’s diverse community.

Now last but by no means least I got to meet Chrissy and her daughter Frankie.

 

 

Chrissy talked about how she wanted the same up bringing for her daughter as she had had, one filled with love, hope, happiness, pride and safety.

We also talked with the group about how Chrissy thought of Guernsey as home, a safe haven, a place for family and a strong community…

 

…somewhere she felt her daughter could be happy and achieve in her life..

All I can say to all of you guys is thank you so much for your time, your thoughts and the opportunity to take your photograph’s as part of my week here.

I hope you like the selection I have put up here on the website.

Your involvement has been really helpful in pulling together another representation of what Guernsey is and how special the people here are..

Hope to catch you all again sometime soon..?

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