Supporting young people on the edge

PostcardWe support young people who are at risk in a variety of ways through collaboration with a wide spectrum of partners – youth offending teams, pupil referral units, youth services and other voluntary sector organisations. Our projects cover a variety of art forms, from photography and film to dance, circus skills and visual arts.

Our current programme of work, Modelling Change, is working with vulnerable girls aged approximately 15 to 19 in the Oxfordshire region, offering a range of creative activities which enhance self confidence and self worth as well as offering a safe welcoming environment in which the girls can flourish and explore positive futures for themselves.

A past example of our work with young people is our ‘Transit’ Youth Dance Project.

“Dancing is like marching, you have to be in the right step in the right time.”

‘Transit’ was about raising aspirations, enhancing confidence and providing an effective pathway towards a more rewarding life for young people, based on the discipline of a professional contemporary dancer.   During Spring 2010, we worked with a wide variety of referral partners to deliver a contemporary dance project based at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe.   14 young people from a diverse range of referral partners, including Buckinghamshire Youth Offending Service, Connexions, The Beaconsfield School, Wycombe Social Care and The Grange PRU, attended 7 days of workshops to produce a piece which was performed on the main stage of the Wycombe Swan Theatre.  The work was delivered by experienced dance artists Maria Ryan and Helen Parlor with the support of JumpStartMove (www.jumpstartmove.co.uk).  We have produced a dvd of the project which will be available at the end of July. If you would like a copy, please contact judy@thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk

We  also acted as a Creative Agent for the Change and Enquiry Schools programmes run by Creative Partnerships and delivered in the Thames Valley region by Creative Junction (www.creativejunction.org.uk)

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