A group of Sheffield teenagers have gained valuable new life skills to support them in their future employment, through a series of specialist performing art workshops in the city.
The tailored sessions, funded by a £2,000 grant from Sanctuary Housing and delivered by social enterprise ‘A Mind Apart Theatre Company,’ targeted 20 secondary school students at risk of becoming not in education, employment or training post-16.
It gave all 20 Sheffield students the opportunity to take part in the social enterprise’s Footsteps’s course, which utilises performance techniques, which are often used in rehearsals and acting training, to develop participants’ life skills such as conflict management, social interaction, teamwork and leadership.
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, said: “We aim to support our communities in developing skills for successful future employment, and these sessions aim to make a real difference to young people potentially at risk of becoming NEET, and positively engage even the most challenging behaviour.
“Our partnership with A Mind Apart underlines the commitment of Sheffield organisations to ensuring young residents have a bright future ahead of them.”
One of the students who took part in the successful workshops said: “I really enjoyed the sessions and found it so helpful for improving my self-confidence.”
This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.