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 Award 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 ben@collective-encounters.org.uk.

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

 

Some of the work created during Youth Outreach courses

This visual podcast was produced during an outreach programme in partnership with Pilgrim Street Arts. Over six weekly sessions, young people worked with facilitators Charlotte Macrae and Emma Dyson to explore the global climate action movement and how to get involved. They also developed creative skills such as drama, creative writing and spoken word.

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These tracks were produced as part of ‘Mixtape Mondays’, an eight week online course for young people interested in music production, working with producer Pops Roberts. As well as producing these tracks, young people gained Bronze Arts Awards.

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This video was created during one of our three week outreach programmes. During the three weeks the young people 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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This video was created during an animation outreach course 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 Encounter’s 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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This video was created with young people at Speke Adventure Playground. The 10 week course used 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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