GLASGOW AMNESTY

Following on from the Tackling Sectarianism Project, we wanted to continue similar work but looking at the wider prejudices and discrimination’s that have an impact on communities in and around Glasgow. We looked at how behaviours have an effect on the younger generation and what influences us to think in such ways and how this effects society as a whole. Our aim is not to show who is right or wrong but to look at one’s self and think on our beliefs and why we think as we do. Each workshop lasts for 2hrs over four consecutive weeks with the same participants using drama and discussion to let the workshops flow and keep everyone engaged with the topic.

KIDS COMMUNITY DRAMA WORKSHOPS

From September 2017 2 of our Drama workers will be offering community drama workshops in schools in in the Barrhead community. These theatre workshops are  for children 5-12yrs olds that will help to improve and develop confidence, social skills, empathy and theatre skills, but most of all it will be fun!  All within a nurturing and creative environment.

CREATIVITY & CONFIDENCE THROUGH COLLEGIALITY

As part of our ongoing partnership with East Dunbartonshire Culture & Leisure Trust, we are delivering ‘Creativity and Confidence through Collegiality’. These sessions are delivered by Kate Black, Drama Specialist and Facilitator, and Visual Artist and Facilitator, Rachel Mimiec.

This 12 week CPD programme gives teachers the opportunity to use their creativity when delivering maths, science and technology. This is a development opportunity for both teachers who enjoy teaching these subjects and teachers who are less confident in these areas. It is also an opportunity to share ideas with teaching colleagues and to work with two creative facilitators to develop new ways of working in the classroom.

This CPD programme has been devised in response to a Creative Learning Network Consultation that took place during April to June 2016. The participating teachers are from ASN, Nursery, Primary & Secondary sectors.

This project is running from November 2016 through until March 2017.

 

MENTORING / COACHING

 This is an ongoing programme offering young people and adults one to one support to help them achieve their goals and reach their full potential. The sessions are tailored to meet the needs of each person and can be as few as one or two sessions to resolve an issue through to a number of sessions over several months to create a personal development plan.

 

ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 We have specialist skills in facilitating the needs of small community groups and charities to ensure they develop and achieve their goals. Again, this is an available ongoing programme of support.

Both the mentoring/coaching and organisational development sessions are delivered at an agreed venue. The sessions are totally confidential and are delivered, in the main, by our Project Manager, Phyllis Steel.

We are currently working with young people looking at their career options, older people who want to re-think what they are doing, community based arts organisations about how they are structured and function, and how artists can make an impact in different communities.

ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP

 An opportunity for individuals and local groups to be involved in the democratic process and to contribute to how society is shaped in the future.

 This project is the outcome of contact time we had with a range of adults in Glasgow who had not voted in either the Scottish  Independence Referendum, the General Election or the Remain/Leave EU Referendum.

The overall aim of the project is to promote active participation in democracy.

The main objectives are to:

give a better understanding of the Scottish and UK voting systems

  • raise awareness of the difference in responsibilities of the Scottish and UK governments
  • increase the number of people registered to vote and to encourage people to vote
  • build confidence in being able to vote
  • introduce the history of democracy in Scotland
  • promote the valuable contribution people can make to their communities

Target groups:

  • Hard to engage groups
  • individuals who do not engage in the democratic process of voting
  • groups who are socially excluded.

 

The programme:

We will deliver 6 x 2hr sessions, using drama as the tool to engage the participants.

The 6 sessions will be designed around the 7 objectives above with the intention of achieving the project’s aim of promoting active citizenship.

The programme of work will include a brief history of democracy in Scotland/UK by using drama as a tool to look at the issue of injustice, relating this to the conditions of who could and could not vote in the eighteenth century (introducing Thomas Muir), going onto the rights of women and their right to vote in the early twentieth century. We will then go on to explore what devolved and reserved powers mean and what they are. We will look at the media (social and mainstream), the influence it has and how we find impartial information that will inform our decisions.

The 6-week programme will end with looking at our rights and responsibilities as citizens by exploring active participation in local and national democracy and what the consequences are of inactivity.

We will monitor any progress on attitudes, understanding and behaviour with a pre and post project questionnaire which will present the same questions with a measuring 1-5 scale. This will allows us to measure any progress. Support from hosting projects will be expected in supporting individuals to register to vote, if they choose.