October 2 2007

The Art Of Inclusion

Back2Back group with Alyson Evans

This is our Drama Development project in the Bridgend area, working with young people and exploring a range of youth and health issues through drama and dialogue. The project is funded by Cymorth and we are working in partnership with our Local Health Board.

Our Drama Development Worker for the project Ali Franks has just had a baby girl (congratulations!) and so we would like to welcome two new Drama Development Workers into Valley and Vale to cover her post and develop the project further in 2007-8; welcome Alyson Evans and Alison O Connor.

In the first month of the project kick-starting back after the summer, workshops after school have just begun in Ynysawdre and Cynffig Comprehensive Schools working with young people around health. These workshops will look at relationships and fitting in, giving the young people a chance to voice their opinions and experiences through different styles of drama. Once these issues are explored the groups will create a performance to be performed to their school or to the wider community. Alison O’Connor is working on anger management at Ogmore Comprehensive School with a group of young people, with workshops exploring building relationships, team work and dealing with anger.

We are also working in partnership with Bridgend Youth Offending Team in this project, working with Karen Francis in full day workshops in local schools and facilitating self-esteem workshops. These sessions will focus on building confidence and will aim to create a safe environment where the young people can share their experiences to create a piece of Forum Theatre. These issues will then be explored through the forum, with the group working together to find solutions.

As Christmas is soon approaching, so is the Betws Christmas play, where we will soon be working with young people from the village as an outreach part of our project, using the play as a vehicle to explore relevant youth issues and also creating a performance to be performed to the community in Betws on Christmas week.