My work with young people

I have a really strong record of working with young people, mainly secondary school age, both in and out of a classroom environment. Here are some of the projects I've worked on in the past few years:

  • Running LGBT awareness workshops with Shotton Hall school in Peterlee (in association with Newcastle University);

  • Delivering period poverty sessions to the Health and Social care students at Burnside College in Wallsend;

  • Hosting a 60-minute sexual consent session with the year 12 and 13 students at Churchill Community College;

  • Teaching New Writing North's Saturday writing group at Newcastle City Library how to create a podcast (two 2-hour sessions)

Young Writers' City

At the moment I spend three days a week as a Creative Producer for New Writing North's Young Writers' City programme, which delivers in-classroom and extra curricular creative writing sessions for pupils at inner city schools in the North East. I am based at Excelsior Academy in the West End of Newcastle, a busy and diverse school with a strongly established music and performing arts department.

 

A producer in this context acts as a conduit between school staff, New Writing North staff and our groups of young people. We bring in at least three different guest writers each term, who specialise in everything from short story writing to rapping, and work with students to create a finished product they are proud of! I attend every session we run, deputise for the guest writer when needed and look after student wellbeing as well as looking out for follow-on opportunities for the most interested young people.

'Sometimes It Hurts' Project


For the past year I have also been working with the excellent organisation Changing Relations, who deliver education to schools, businesses and communities, using the arts to transform the way people think about gender stereotypes and relationship behaviours. Their project, Sometimes It Hurts, engages with local artists and young people to co-create a resource on domestic abuse, helping young people learn about what is acceptable and not acceptable in relationships, laying groundwork for their own adult relationships. 

As Associate Writer, my role has been to run creative writing and planning sessions with the young people, before transforming their ideas into a collection of six short stories that can be used in schools and social care settings. 

You can find out more about this project, and my other work with young people, in my portfolio.

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