Pioneering theatre group in funding crisis

December 22 2014

FUNDING is soon to run out for a local theatre group, which supports children who have experienced emotional and physical difficulties.

FUNDING is soon to run out for a local theatre group, which supports children who have experienced emotional and physical difficulties.
Unique Voice, based in Montpelier, works with children, both in and out of schools, from across Bristol by hosting regular creative workshops and drama sessions.
These help engage and address topics such as emotions, feelings, aspirations, social interaction, friendships and coping mechanisms - all explored through fun and creative ways.
The group needs to secure £15k-£20k to ensure their work can continue for another year, and they are calling on members of the public and local organisations for help.
Many of the children that UV works with have suffered from developmental trauma, neglect, psychological abuse and domestic violence, with the majority struggling to come to terms with their difficult lives.
Most have encountered multiple school failures because of the highly stressful lives, impacting on their capacity for social and academic development.
A spokesperson from UV said: "Providing social and emotional learning through drama is highly therapeutic in itself and can provide the context for participants to tell their stories, set goals and solve problems, express feelings, or achieve catharsis.
"Trauma is not only something that is held in our brain but is also held in our bodies. For the young people to be able to process the traumas that they have experienced, it is very helpful to use physical movement and drama as part of the recovery process.
"Some of the boys believe that it is inevitable or in their genes that they will replicate the actions of their family or 'role models'. We know this does not have to be their reality.
"By using role play they can explore other possibilities for themselves, seeing that there are many more options open to them."
In return for donations, people can receive letters from the young people, thanking you and reports of their progress; an invitation to meet the young people at their end of year presentation; the knowledge that you are making a significant difference to young people's lives; acknowledgement of support on the UV website; or complementary tickets to their annual awards ceremony which celebrates young people.
To donate, visit: www.uniquevoice.org/give-the-gift-of-a-future

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