We believe that all young people should have the opportunity to lead creative lives, no matter their circumstances or needs.
Our Build project uses the arts to develop relationships, emotional literacy and communication skills of young people excluded from mainstream education.
We work with young people schooled in primary and secondary Pupil Referral Units (PRU’s) ; usually as a result of their previous school placement having broken down through ill health, behaviour issues or other difficulties. Many of the young people we work with have had adverse childhood experiences, often resulting in trauma and mental health needs.
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8 out of 10 young people within PRUs have a special education need or disability
Boys are 3 times more likely to be asked to leave their school than girls
More than half of UK prisoners have been excluded from school
Participatory arts activities with children and young people improve their cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional development.
Our experienced artists respond to the interests of young people, creating a space for expression and dialogue using visual arts, drama and discussion. The application of these unique trauma-informed practices work alongside young people, accepting their often complex needs and behaviours to respond with playfulness, curiosity and empathy.
Through collaborative engagement, our aim is to increase young people’s capacity for self-reflection, stress regulation and conflict resolution, developing transferrable skills through the arts.
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If you would like to find out more about our unique trauma informed approaches, and how they might work in your setting please get in touch:
This work has been generously funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.