Make Do and Mend
Audience members of our domestic abuse-themed film told us:
“I would recognise it amongst friends now.”
“I’m not crazy. I’m not alone & there is a future.”
“I can now accept that domestic abuse comes in many forms & that what I went through can be classed as that.”
More than 90% of our audience would be more likely to ask someone they knew was being affected by domestic abuse if they needed help.
Professionals who support domestic abuse survivors told us:
“I knew a lot theoretically but this brought it to life.”
“It made me think about how I do risk assessments & how they make people feel.”
“I would whole-heartedly recommend the insightful training!”
Over 90% of health & housing professionals who trialed our training reported a new understanding of domestic abuse & would recommend it to others.
Young people told us:
“I like how it brings awareness to domestic abuse in such an artistic way.”
“It helped me understand that domestic abuse isn’t always physical and it can be mental, emotional and financial.”
100% of the students we worked with in Wolsingham School enjoyed our art-making project & found it helpful to have seen the film.
The Men’s Voices Project
Audiences of our pilot exhibition in TESTT Space, told us:
“Textiles – I loved these. They illustrated the complex nature of what it is to be a man in today’s society. They help you to empathise with the pressures to conformity placed on men whilst motivating you to want to change things.”
The Associate Head of The Woodlands School told us:
“The project perfectly captured the need for clear expression in boys & young men. Undeveloped oral skills & a reluctance to share thoughts & feelings behind a mask of masculinity, can hamper their development & prevent them being sensitive & appropriate sons, fathers etc.
As someone who has seen the high cost of young people not being able to do this, & for some this has resulted in suicide, I was anxious for the project to break down barriers & explore aspects of masculinity which may be entrenched in this part of the world with its past emphasis on heavy, industrial jobs that required a certain way of presenting to the world.
The exploration of the topic via speech & artefacts created the conditions for the pupils to fully explore their own views on masculinity & their responses to Polly showed they were comfortable with her input & structure.”
The Deputy Head of Ferryhill Business & Enterprise College told us:
“Ofsted commented how effective the model Changing Relations used was. Its proactive nature was a major factor in the School being awarded an Outstanding judgement on its care & guidance. The project worked for us & the resource pack is impressive.”
Young people told us:
“We are less likely to take risks now.”
“The video was powerful.”
Teachers we trained told us:
“This resource would give my students a great understanding of the consequences of their actions on both themselves and others.”
“A very detailed pack which outlines every session succinctly with resources, facts and extra resources/facts/knowledge. I like that it gives advice on how to answer things.”
Audiences of the work-in-progress sharing of our dance-theatre piece told us:
“The poetry is stunning.”
“I feel so much more comfortable being me.”
“Keep doing what you’re doing.”