Using the Arts

Women at the HeArt imageUsing creative practices is a core element of the Partnership’s approach.

The Arts can help people to really engage with issues and explore things from a different perspective. It provides a relaxed, non-confrontational (and fun!) platform from which to work and is therefore an ideal way to engage with disadvantaged and vulnerable people who may not otherwise open up.

The Arts  is transformative and can turn the most difficult consultation into a truly empowering experiencing, often giving a voice to those who may otherwise go unnoticed. Above all it puts positive experiences into the most difficult, impoverished and often traumatised lives.

WAH - SpoonsWe know that creativity and the use of the Arts is one of our most successful methods of intervention, particularly when working with young people, as demonstrated by the depth and variety of our projects over the past few years.

Our current pieces of work are outlined below.

Modelling Change gets a funding boost!

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We are pleased to announce that our next Arts project, Modelling Change, has now successfully received funding from Amey Plc, Arts Council England South East and Artswork.  This project will enable us to work creatively with girls in the Oxfordshire region aged between 16-19.

Modelling Change aims to use the creative arts to engage and empower girls aged 16 to 19 in the Oxfordshire area through the agencies and organisations that support them.  Skilled artist facilitators will lead a mix of arts based activities and workshops which have been shown to have a positive impact on self esteem and self image – ultimately promoting an inner strength that armours participants against the advances of potentially manipulative people.

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Women at the HeArt

Group WorkWAH - Event InfoThe dissemination event for Women at the HeArt was held during February at Meadowbrook College in Oxford and attended by a range of partners who were involved in the project and those who were interested to find out more about using creativity with vulnerable women. The Women at the HeArt exhibition remains open until March 18th at Meadowbrook College.

Alison Leverett-Morris presented the Evaluation Report and concluded that

“Through creative arts processes, Women at the HeArt enabled vulnerable women, support staff and artists to develop new skills, gain confidence and experience a deep sense of personal growth and achievement in both personal and/or professional lives.”

Read more about the project from the evaluation report for Women at the HeArt which is now available to download from the following links:

Full Report
Executive Summary

Further  information here or contact Judy Munday, Arts Officer, Thames Valley Partnership  for a booking judy@thamesvalleypartnership.org.uk

Women at the HeART (Mosaics)Women at the HeArt ran from 2012 until March 2014 aiming to give vulnerable, disadvantaged women more control over their lives, identifying ways of empowering them through the use of creative activities and reconnecting them with their families and communities. The project focussed on women with complex and unmet needs and offered innovative, cost-effective methods of intervention, opening doors and giving women greater access to support services.

Women at the HeART (Beads)Integral to Women at the HeArt was a mentee training scheme as part of our ongoing commitment towards continuing professional development for creative practitioners in the criminal justice field.

Women at the HeArt was funded by Arts Council England, The Monument Trust and Thames Valley Probation.

 Women at the HeArt - Shoes“It’s been good to express yourself to how you’re
really feeling but can’t put it into words.”

“I felt completed engrossed and distracted from my life”

“I liked that we could ask for what we did in sessions – it made me feel respected”

“I really enjoyed being active and creative rather than things going round and round in my head ”

Women at the HeART (Spoons)“Women at the HeArt has made us think more about why we do what we do and how we can support these women.  Using visual creative expression techniques allows the veil to come down and to discover many different things behind ourselves and behind the women we work with. We are amazed at the beautiful pieces we have all produced!”    Support Staff Member

 

VISIONZ – MEADOWBROOK COLLEGE ARTS CENTRE!

We are happy to continue to support Meadowbrook College and ‘Visionz’, the Arts Centre at their Harlow site.  We have been working with Meadowbrook College for a number of years – firstly through our popular Schools in Action strand of work and subsequently helping to deliver the national Creative Partnerships programme which lasted for 3 years.   

Creativity continues to play a key role in the provision offered by Meadowbrook through the wide range on offer from ‘Visionz’, not just for pupils attending the College but also for the wider community. Its artistic approach and expertise provides others within the community with opportunities; offering varied arts packages and projects to others, delivered by professional arts practitioners.  

The exhibition space offered by Visionz showcases new and exciting work produced through Meadowbrook partnerships; with an inspiring exhibition programme displaying varied and interesting work. Further information: Dionne Freeman: dionne@visionz-arts.com  or visit Visionz  

Meadowbrook College is Oxfordshire’s Pupil Referral Unit and Integration Service and provides education and support to about one hundred secondary age students from across Oxfordshire.  Meadowbrook offers all its students ‘a second chance for learning’ and works hard to ensure that they achieve successful outcomes despite the difficulties and setbacks they have experienced during their time at mainstream school. It’s about looking forward, not back. 

 

Something Brilliant at the barn

Visit our  dedicated arts section which captures  all the  findings  from our  creative Barnstorming day in March 2011.  It is packed with great ieas which will be of real  benefit to  anyone interested in working creatively with vulnerable groups.  

Watch  a clip of this day

“One of the things I really like about the Partnership is that
it does that really difficult work but with an interesting edge”

Ian Blair  (Lord Blair of Boughton), Chair of Thames Valley Partnership

 

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