Martin Parr: Hello, I’m Martin Parr I’m a photographer, and for the last few weeks I’ve been travelling around the UK photographing different community groups. The response has been very positive, it’s a great opportunity for them to share what they’re achieving with their local community to a wider audience. My job when I go to these events is to try and capture what’s going on and you just try to really get a sense of the atmosphere and the excitement that you feel with these different groups.
Steve Beaty – Community Manager – Cramlington Rockets: It started off as a bit of a youth group really that just played rugby. But the idea was to engage children, to get them off the streets and on to something constructive.
Harry – Cramlington Rockets: I’ve made so many more friends just from rugby, it’s made a big impact on my life.
Martin Parr: All of these hundreds of kids suddenly poured on to the school and it was absolute anarchy, and what I also liked was the fact that it was quite muddy, we had to buy a pair of wellies to actually go on to the ground, and mud actually helps good photographs.
Nicola Hemsley – Founder & Managing Director – Organised Kaos: I started the organisation in response to the need of the young people in the community because young people were getting into trouble with the police. They had a fascination with fire, so I figured that if young people wanted to play with fire – I would teach them to play with fire.
Martin Parr: What you can really see in this area in South Wales, is there’s not so much going on, especially for the young kids – the affection and regard they have for the Organised Kaos workshops is quite fantastic. You can just sense it as you went in there that they just loved being there, they put themselves into it 100 per cent, and they really let off steam.
Justin Owen – Trainer, Organised Kaos: If I could go back and see myself when I first started juggling and have a conversation, I’d just turn around and say ‘get ready mate, this is going to change your life.’
Martin Parr: We’ve seen an amazing variety, from Wales to Northumbria to London, and now today in Colchester.
Rosie Thompson – Head of Events, Not Forgotten Association: The Not Forgotten Association was formed in 1920, and it’s been going 96 years. We entertain 12,000 veterans a year.
Martin Parr: Towards the end of the concert the invited everybody to start singing and get their flags out – they were waving away. And that if you like was really the crescendo and sort of the climax of this event. It really does sort of capture the sort of the fantastic atmosphere that you could find that afternoon
Rosie Thompson – Head of Events: The difference in their faces when they first come to something and when they leave, that’s what it’s all about.
Martin Parr: Well when you go to these groups, of course, none of them would know who you are because you are a well known photographer, so they say, so most of these people they’re there for the community association. I just like the atmosphere.
To view Martin’s images and to support a project in your local community, visit aviva.co.uk/community-fund