Arc news: October 2012

Finding the Words

Finding the Words

Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Finding the Words is Arc’s latest public-speaking, performance and media project for young women aged 13 to 19, giving a stronger voice in the debate surrounding female exploitation.

Working with Arc's professional team, Phase 1 of the project gave our twenty participants from Barking & Dagenham schools the opportunity to learn new drama techniques, research, script-writing and film and video skills. Led by Arc's Natalie Smith with Neelofer Ajazmir, together the group were able to create a powerful film with film-maker Grace Pluckrose-Oliver, which explores issues ranging from language, relationships and the law, through to abuse and rape.

The first phase of the project ended with a special launch of the film and celebration event - to see images, visit our Finding the Words Facebook album


Phase 2 - the tour!

This month, Finding the Words starts its second exciting phase as it begins a three-week tour of Barking & Dagenham schools and youth centres! Encouraging female solidarity, empowerment and healthy life choices, the tour includes a participative Forum Theatre workshop and a special screening of the film, proudly presented by the young female participants.

"... a very well done to your team - the production is of very high quality and a very seasoned message to our young girls. I believe the message is clear and won't be detrimental to any young person below the age of 14 - if anything it will better equip them with knowledge and help them know what to avoid to make themselves safer even amongst those they consider to be ‘friends'." Mary Mensah-Shofolahan, Senior Youth Worker at The Vibe


Teacher and Youth Worker Resource

Arc's Finding the Words teacher and youth worker' resource is now available to download! Designed and compiled by our young women in partnership with Arc's Theresa Snooks, the resource has been created as a valuable accompaniment to the DVD and workshop tour.

Download Finding the Words Resource (PDF, 816k)

Finding the Words


Funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Finding the Words is a two-year film and drama programme giving young women a confident and credible voice in the debate around gangs and youth violence, and a platform for developing positive lifestyles and healthy relationships.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Arc diary of events

5 October
Community groups for Thurrock Community Safety Partnership
School for Scammers & Friend or Faux interactive workshops

18 October
Local organisations at Dagenham Roundhouse for LBBD Community Engagement Team
Hate Crime Forum Theatre

21 October
First Draw in the Barking & Dagenham Good Causes Lottery!
Buy your ticket to support Arc Theatre!

23 October
Dacorum Borough Council, Hemel Hempstead
Community engagement workshops

Secondary schools for West Midlands Police/Partnership
Touching Moments sexual offences Forum Theatre

4 November
Cumberland School, Newham
Health & wellbeing Forum Theatre

7 November
International School of Toulouse, France
Creative Arts Day drama workshops

Secondary schools for Hammersmith & Fulham Community Investment Team
No More Whispers FGM-awareness Forum Theatre

Local primary schools for Arc's Barking & Dagenham Crowdfunder campaign
Broadcast Junior online safety Forum Theatre

Local secondary schools for B&D SNB/MOPAC
Stop & Think stop & search awareness workshops

Throughout '17
Primary & secondary school staff
Arc's Female Genital Mutilation INSETs with Leyla Hussein

Throughout '17
B&D young people for LBBD MOPAC & Jack Petchey
Raised Voices female leadership programme

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