Wellbeing & Performance

Finding My Voice

A collaboration with Creative Education Consultant, Rachel Higginson, to support groups of primary school children to ‘find their voice’, both physically and metaphorically, through personalised work to build confidence in speaking to friends and sharing feelings, and support in discovering where their talents and interests lie and how they can develop these.

A pilot project with pupils from Whipton Barton Junior School, Exeter, included time working and performing on stage at the Northcott Theatre, and saw pupils experience significant benefits.

Thanks to support from the Northbrook Community Trust, the project then developed into a more in-depth programme. This enabled a further cohort of students from Whipton to gain confidence through oracy and performance skills, including supporting their transition to St Luke’s Church of England School. The group of young people performed on the Barnfield stage, attended shows at the Northcott with their families and enjoyed a day at Exeter City Football Club.

Just to say a massive thank you for hosting our ‘Finding my Voice’ children yesterday. The work you did with them was pitched perfectly and all of them progressed. I was so blown away with their increase in confidence.

Mental Health Workshops

A series of specially-designed practical workshops to enable groups of secondary schools students to identify and come to an understanding of emotional conflicts within their lives. Using fictional scenarios, the sessions aim to equip young people with strategies and techniques which can be used to manage real-life situations.

A pilot project with St James School, Exeter, responded to specific concerns around SEMH issues, including bullying, low self-esteem, stress, anger, anxiety, and questions of sexuality and gender.

I thoroughly enjoyed these workshops. It was really fun to meet and interact with people who are different from me. I have found new ways to cope with real life situations in future. I found the relaxation part very calming. Thank you.

Topsham Road Project

We teamed up with Paddleboat Theatre Company to work with five very different schools that all happen to inhabit the same road – ISCA, Wynstream Primary, Southbrook School, WESC and Exeter Deaf Academy. Over a period of two years, groups from each school came together to learn new creative skills and explore common themes, encouraged students to consider the varied and diverse community of learners that exist along Topsham Road – challenging and broadening their perceptions of both themselves, and of other young people.

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My students gained an appreciation of children who have more profound difficulties than their own. They saw these students show resilience and determination despite their difficulties. The project highlighted to many that they are more capable than they thought.

Let’s Work Together …

We work with schools, colleges and community groups to tailor wellbeing and performance projects to meet their specific interests and needs. Here are some examples. If you’re interested in any of these models or if you’d like to talk to us about creating a bespoke project, then get in touch with Charlotte Hanson for a chat; we’d love to hear from you.

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