Arc news: May 2019


Raised Voices' latest film, Royal visit and special events!

Arc's female empowerment group has had plenty to celebrate so far this spring, including a brilliant day spent with HRH Prince Harry at the launch of the new Barking & Dagenham Future Youth Zone!

Our all-girls leadership group was delighted to be invited, along with many other fantastic youth groups around the Borough, to the opening of the brand new, purpose-built Youth Centre in Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham on Thursday 11 April, where they were excited to talk to Prince Harry and show off their skills on the climbing wall!






Images courtesy of Future Youth Zone, 2019

About Future Youth Zone: Barking & Dagenham Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘Future’, is a purpose-built facility for the Borough’s young people aged 8-19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities. As London’s first OnSide Youth Zone, the infrastructure of facilities is based upon OnSide Youth Zones 21st Century Youth Facility Model, enabling young people to raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation. Young people can now join up to the facility - to find out more visit Future Youth Zone.


Introducing Raised Voices' latest film: An Equal World

Delivered in collaboration with London Borough Barking & Dagenham and the Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime (MOPAC), Raised Voices: An Equal World has been produced with 22 young women aged 10 and over from Barking & Dagenham schools. This year's film looks at current issues affecting young people today, including knife crime, sexual harrassment, LGBT, Domestic Violence and equal rights.


Our latest film is currently touring Barking & Dagenham secondary schools and youth venues, presented by Raised Voices Project Director Natalie Smith and our young participants. Click the play button above to watch, or go to YouTube!

RV Tour

Previous Raised Voices film resources (originally also funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation) can be seen on the dedicated Raised Voices website.


Performing at the Mayor's Event for Women's Empowerment Month

Arc's Raised Voices group was also delighted to take part in the Barking & Dagenham Mayor's 'Celebrating Young Women' Event at the Broadway Theatre in Barking on 4 April, along with Eastbury Community School. Raising funds for local charities, Her Worshipful The Mayor Councillor Sanchia Alasia's event was an evening of performance, film and presentation for invited guests and members of the public.

RV Broadway












Taking part in Building a Stronger Britain Together

We are very proud of participant Stephanie Read for recently taking part in the 'London Voices' campaign supported by the Home Office 'Building a Stronger Britain Together' (BSBT) programme! Stephanie's contribution to the campaign can be seen on the BSBT Facebook page!



Opportunity to join Arc's Raised Voices team!

Arc is looking to recruit an energetic and enthusiastic Project Assistant to work with our Raised Voices drama and film-based female empowerment group - delivered in collaboration with the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham and the Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime (MOPAC), and the Jack Petchey Foundation. 

Please see the flyer below for full details, share with your friends and family, and apply to us by 31 May!

The Raised Voices Project Assistant will work alongside the Project Leader - Arc’s Education Director Natalie Smith, in running our lively group for young women aged 11+ at Arc’s home at Kingsley Hall in Dagenham. The role would ideally be suited to someone who has some experience of working with young people, and has a desire to pursue a career in the Arts, youth engagement, project leading or teaching.

RV Assistant

Raised Voices is open to girls aged 11+ and meets every Thursday in term time from 4-6pm at Arc's home at Kingsley Hall, Dagenham. It's free of charge to take part and everyone is welcome to join, regardless of experience or ability! If you enjoy drama, games and making new friends, as well as exploring issues affecting young women today, come along, and bring your friends! Contact Natalie Smith at Arc on 020 8595 8509 for more information!

Arc diary of events

Every Saturday
Barking & Dagenham Good Causes Lottery Draw
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Throughout '20
Young people for LB B&D MOPAC & Jack Petchey:
Raised Voices female leadership programme

Throughout '20
Nursery, infant & primary schools:
Oliver's Tales storytelling workshops

Throughout '20
Primary & secondary schools in London Boroughs:
Broadcast/Broadcast Junior online safety programme

Throughout '20
Primary & secondary schools for BeFirst/LB B&D:
Streets Ahead / Crossing Over road safety drama workshops

Throughout '20
London & south east primary schools for HS2 Ltd:
Playing it Safe health & safety programme

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