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Youth Outreach

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We are committed to giving every young person, no matter of their circumstance or background, the chance to take part in making theatre. This is why we run free outreach courses across Merseyside. We work in

  • children’s care settings
  • with young people on the edge of care
  • pupil referral units
  • with young carers
  • schools and education settings
  • youth clubs and community centres

Each outreach course is designed to meet the needs of the young people involved and it can be a one-off; a five week course or a 10-week arts accredited scheme. If you are a community or public service provider and you have a group that might want to try a bit of theatre for a change then get in touch. All our outreach provision is free made possible through funding from Children in Need.

Call  Ben Mellor 0151 345 6266 or email

All our workshops are run by respected community artists and are fully vetted and checked.

Some of the work created during Youth Outreach couses

Take a look at this video which was created during one of our outreach programmes. During summer 2014 we worked in partnership with TiPP, Unitas and Liverpool Children’s Services to deliver a Summer Arts College for young people aged 14 – 19. They spent three weeks engaging in creative activities including theatre workshops, film-making and screen printing and completed their Bronze Arts Award throughout August. As part of their three weeks together, they created this beautiful stop-motion film with artist Anna White, accompanied by a song which they wrote together with musician Ben Turner.

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In Summer 2016 we worked with PSS and Sefton Young Carers to deliver animation workshops with Sefton Young Carers. Over 10 sessions the young people worked with professional film maker Annie Woodson to learn animation techniques such as green screen and stop motion. Under the direction of Collective Encounters Youth Theatre Director Ben Mellor they created characters and developed a story that would accurately reflect the experience of being a carer and how important Sefton Young Carers is.

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In 2018 we partnered with Speke Adventure Playground, delivering a 10 week course using drama and creativity to explore issues around bullying. The course resulted in a short film, made by the young people, which is now being shown around schools in Speke to raise awareness of bullying.

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In Summer 2018 we worked with Liverpool Pride, bringing together two groups of young people to discuss identity, diversity and hate crime, particularly that targeted at LGBT+ youths. Filmed and edited by the wildly talented Danny Kilbride of Thinking Film. The film was showcased at the 2018 Liverpool Pride Festivals and is now being shown in schools.

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