Them Wifies deliver three projects supported by the chief executive, part time business support staff and a one day per week fundraiser; each project delivers to a different client group, managed by an arts manager and supported by sessional staff. This site will be updated once final details for 2011-12 have been confirmed
is an issue based drama project working with vulnerable young women raising aspirations and achievements; the project provides a range of opportunities and works towards reducing inequalities; the participants are referred by one of a range of agencies working with young people.
• The project addresses the risk factors and builds the resilience of young people to help avert and address a range of problems including:- youth offending/anti social behaviour; drug or alcohol misuse; under 18 conceptions and poor sexual health; 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET), low attainment; running away and youth homelessness and poor mental health.
• A core group of 30 young women meet once a week to take part in a series of issue led drama workshops, The subjects explored during the weekly workshops are chosen by the young women and aim to give them the tools to help tackle difficult issues which may arise in their lives; the group research and devise at least 2 pieces of original theatre per year to tour to community venues for the benefit of other young people.
• School holidays programmes are held bringing together young people from different geographical and ethnic communities to help break down prejudice and misunderstanding, to help reduce crime and anti social behaviour in the long term and to give young people opportunities for personal development.
The Josephine project
works with women with learning disabilities. Josephine is an anatomically correct “larger than life” cloth person and a creative learning resource. Through the use of drama, role playing and interactive group activities the project works with women with learning disabilities to promote awareness around vital health and relationship issues.
• The Josephine course offers a 10 week programme focussed on Josephine and her journey as she looks at a range of important issues such as dating, personal safety and choice, safe sex and contraception and any other subjects related to sex and relationships that women wish to look at during the course.
• The Josephine Dream Team are a group of service user/volunteers who meet weekly and are the basis of the user led approach which is invaluable in shaping the project and ensuring it remains an effective, relevant service.
• Josephine is a licensed trademarked product of Them Wifies offering social licensing opportunities for local, regional and national organisations.
has developed an outstanding reputation for designing and delivering responsive projects which, close the gaps in mental health provision, and support the improvement of mental health outcomes for young people through a range of preventative and early interventions; the programmes are tailor made for the individual settings and clients.
• Glasshouse delivers creative mental health programmes, delivered in a range of settings including NHS units for both in-patient and day care patients, community and educational settings, responsive to the needs of young people and services working with them.
• The project uses interactive drama, storytelling and creative arts to enable young people to explore sensitive and challenging issues. It creates a safe place for participants to share and explore their thoughts and feelings in a positive way and develop mechanisms to cope with them, a particular emphasis has been to work with young people, and the families of those at risk of developing mental health issues.
• The project works in partnership with a range of mental health organisations and agencies.