We’re changing our Manifesto

For the past few months I’ve alternately hidden from and immersed myself in the mainstream news media as it reports the failures of our western democracies and the crisis of Capitalism….Trump’s first 100 days, the rise of the extreme right, elections across Europe. I listen avidly as every day something important seems to happen, and […]

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Wealth Is Health Tour 2017

Wealth is Health offers a satirical and fresh look at health inequalities in the UK. Wealth is Health draws upon nine months of field research undertaken in older people’s settings, and desk research into the social and economic factors that influence an individual’s health and life expectancy. Directed by Amanda Redvers Rowe and written by […]

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In Memory of Iain Copeland

We are really sad to announce that a Transitions Core group member and mentor passed away in November 2016. Iain Copeland was great group member, he was funny, intuitive, creative and he said it how he saw it. Through his time with Collective Encounters, he performed in four different plays in a variety of settings. […]

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Arts & Dementia Masterclass

The knowledge of both facilitators was absolutely fantastic. Great day! I feel truly inspired.

Previous participant

Background and expertise: Over the past 8 years Collective Encounters has amassed considerable experience working in the field of arts and dementia. We have delivered a long-term programme of creative arts workshops with people living with dementia and their carers in community and care home settings; toured performances in care homes; developed performance work to be […]

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Make Your Mark at UK Youth Parliament North West

“It remains the case that more than 400 MPs, 62% of the total, are white men aged over 40 and serving MPs are not representative of the general population’ – Parliament (2016) Over the last ten years there has been a widely held view that young people are apathetic and reluctant to play a role […]

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Collective Encounters on Radio Merseyside.

On Thursday 13th October 2016 Collective Encounters were invited to take part in a panel discussion on the Relationship between arts, health and wellbeing. Transitions member John-Paul spoke in depth about his personal battles, how Collective Encounters has helped him and his own journey to becoming an actor. The link can be found here.

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Abi Horsfield responds to anti-begging posters

Yesterday The Guardian published an article about the recent anti-begging posters put up around Nottingham by the city council, and their subsequent ban by the advertising standards authority after complaints that they were offensive. Nottingham City Councils actions are part of an increasing culture of demonising (and dehumanising) vulnerable homeless people in the UK. Transitions Director Abi […]

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ACTA Festival 2016

This June our Third Age Theatre company took their show of songs and skits Wealth is Health to this  years ACTA Theatre Festival in Bristol. As well as the performance, Participation Manager Mandy Redvers-Rowe delivered two workshops entitled What is Theatre for Social Change. More information on ACTA and the festival can be found at their website. Wealth is Health […]

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Senior Policy Advisor for Oxfam, Graham Whitham to succeed Professor Bill Chambers as Chair of Collective Encounters

The Staff and Board of Collective Encounters would like to bid a heartfelt, and fond farewell and thank you to our Chair of the Board of Trustees, Professor Bill Chambers who has stepped down after 9 years in the role. During his tenure Bill has led Collective Encounters from a small start-up organisation to an […]

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Volunteering Opportunities

We are still looking for volunteer performers to be part of a flash mob and to offer general assistance on our upcoming original street theatre production ‘What If…?’ written by Sarah Thornton and performed by participant group Other Ways of Telling. Performances will take place in St.Helens town centre on Saturday 18th April 2015. If you […]

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