Support and progression
It is important to us that those taking part in Transitions feel valued, and that the project is responsive to meeting their needs. Here are some of the project’s guiding principles:
- We meet people where they are at: participants are introduced to the project in hostels, support settings and on the street.
- Participants can join in as much or as little as they want to.
- Once they join, participants may be allocated a mentor – someone who has been part of the project for a long period of time.
- Nobody is required to do something they do not want to do.
- All evidence we capture for qualifications is done in an accessible format – it can be written, spoken, drawn.
- Our entry level qualifications offer a first stepping stone into the project.
- Once they have achieved a qualification, participants can take on work placements and volunteering opportunities either within Collective Encounters or through our network of arts & heritage providers such as FACT, Unity Theatre & DADA.
- Lead artists and project leaders provide pastoral support and signposting information to participants where required.
- Taking part in Transitions can lead to paid work opportunities with the arts & heritage sector.
- A long term participant of Transitions also acts a member of the Board of Trustees of Collective Encounters – ensuring participants voices are heard at the highest level and taken into account when we are strategically planning.