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 hugely multicultural school with a strongly established music and performing arts department.
After school on a Wednesday, I host the Newcastle Young Songwriters group at the Princes Trust building in central Newcastle along with the rapper and playwright Kema Kay. This is open to all young people aged 12 - 19 - more information here if you know somebody who might like to come along!
The Child's View Project
For the past six months 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, A Child's View, 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 in my portfolio!