Brave New World - In Our Community

Our Brave New World programme is dedicated to working with all sections of society, as we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from the arts. Over the next 12 months we are delivering two major new projects which will broaden cultural engagement, improve social isolation and provide help to those who need it most.

SPIRIT OF YOUTH

Spirit of Youth tackles social isolation in the elderly, by taking ten primary school children into a local residential care home.

“It has been wonderful having the children around. I enjoy their company and it brightens my day” Care-home Resident (aged 97)

Over the course of ten weeks, the children and adults explore a Shakespeare play together. Under GSC’s guidance they work together to create a 15-20 minute version of the play which will then be performed to family, friends and the wider community.

Spirit of Youth provides a unique opportunity for the young and old to form new bonds and relationships, as they work towards a common-goal. Our participants share their own experiences and stories, as they convert Shakespeare’s words into their own. The elderly and the children alike are able to challenge and enjoy themselves in a risk-free environment.

“It was so good to see the young children working alongside the residents. Although my mother has difficulty in remembering sometimes, she found it good to have something to work towards and be part of a group production.  I had great fun watching the performance and hope there will be more in the future.” Resident's daughter.

Spirit of Youth (September 2018 - April 2019) is supported by The Community Foundation for Surrey.


WITH MY EYES

1 in 3 adult mental health conditions relate directly to childhood experiences. It’s not only the child’s well-being that must be taken into account, either. As a child suffers, so does their family, though they rarely receive any kind of formal care.

With My Eyes invites teenagers who have been excluded from school, along with their parents, to join us for weekly drama sessions. Divided into their peer groups, the participants create a piece of theatre for a final group-sharing, allowing both generations to connect through drama.

“My big sister has been so smiley since she has been with GSC (I don’t know what GSC means, but she says it all the time). So thank you for making her happy, because she is normally really sad all the time.”

With My Eyes is led by two GSC facilitators working in separate rooms. One works with the children, while the other works with the parents, providing each group with a new social support network. Each facilitator is also assisted by a qualified dramatherapist.

For more information, please see our With My Eyes - GSC Information Sheet 2020 (pdf)

With My Eyes is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund and The High Sheriff Youth Awards.


Contact

We raise over £60,000 for our outreach work each year, which will help us to engage with some 3,500 participants.

If you would like more information, or are interested in helping fund the future of these projects, please contact our Head of Education, Ant Stones. [email protected], 07956 000759.

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