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. […]

Read more


Arts & Dementia Masterclass

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

Previous participant

Saturday 21st January 2017 Background and expertise: Over the past 6 year 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 with dementia and their carers in community and care home settings; toured performances in care homes; developed […]

Read more


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 […]

Read more


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.

Read more


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 […]

Read more


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 […]

Read more


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 […]

Read more


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 […]

Read more


#ArtsPolicy50

“We believe that the arts are vital to a healthy, thriving society; that great art has been at the heart of all great civilizations; and that all people should have the right and the opportunity to engage with high quality art that helps them make sense of their world. We believe that the arts hold […]

Read more


Out of Service

Out of Service looks to gather the experiences of people moving from the services to civilian life and people affected by war and conflict. Last year, we worked with a group of ex-service personnel of different age and with various military backgrounds to create a performance. Written with and performed by ex-service personnel, Out of Service was an immersive theatre […]

Read more