Oxford residents act up to celebrate 20 years of Leys CDI

Leys-cdi-playsOver 50 Blackbird Leys (Oxford) residents put on their dancing shoes to perform plays to celebrate 20 successful years of the Leys Community Development Initiative (CDI).

One of the shows, The Journey, depicts the hectic lives of customers in lively semi-fictional shop. It is set to a sound track of soul, hip hop and reggae, and packed with intergenerational dance and drama. The production was written especially for Leys CDI collaboratively with participants by well-known artist Rodney P.

Judging by the feedback from the pack out audience at the Old Fire Station, all the shows were a great success and managed to bring generations together.

The CDI is supported by Catalyst and offers activities, social opportunities and support through its youth project at Blackbird Leys Community Centre and its over-50s scheme at the Clockhouse, Greater Leys.

During its 20 years the charity has raised over £2.4 million and ran projects that have brought people together, tackled issues in the community (such as unemployment and anti-social behaviour) and worked with isolated older people.

Ines Kretzschmar, Community Investment Coordinator at Catalyst, said: “I am very proud that I have been line managing and leading such an outstanding team for over five years in my job role as Catalyst’s Community Investment Coordinator. It’s an immense pleasure working with the CDI, a dynamic and young at heart organisation, where the project users are the centre of everything the Leys CDI does – changing lives and benefitting the Leys Community.”

Catalyst supports a range of local community investment, and Leys CDI is just one of them. For more details on our community investment work visit the Catalyst Gateway section of our website.