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Theatre learning for schools

SfS_cover1-230x325A new brochure produced by Ci for two London young people’s theatre companies is now available for download.

This is part of an innovative project in which Cultural Intelligence was asked to help Immediate Theatre and Face Front Inclusive Theatre to work together to improve their offer for schools. The brochure includes a wealth of performances and workshops which provide a comprehensive offer across the PSHE, Healthy Schools and Wellbeing curriculum.

Topics include sex and relationships, identity and diversity, road safety, creativity, bullying guns, knives and gangs and school engagement.

Immediate Theatre

Face Front IInclusive Theatre

Transforming Theatre Transforming Lives

IT-logo1-196x170Cultural Intelligence is to help transform the socially-driven theatre organisation Immediate Theatre. The award winning company known for its innovative estate-based work with excluded young people in Hackney has commissioned Cultural Intelligence to conduct research and  provide strategic marketing support to build on 16 years success using theatre to engage vulnerable and excluded young people and move them into employment and a self reliant life.

“I am especially excited about this new partnership with Immediate” said Ci’s Director, Eric Orme “I began my career working in young people’s theatre in the multicultural communities of the West Midlands so this is something of a return to my roots. This challenge nicely combines Ci’s long experience in arts marketing with our more recent work on socially engaged research which makes a real difference to the lives of young people”.

 http://www.immediate-theatre.com/

Seminar on The Information Game

infogame-230x203Findings from ‘The Information Game’, Ci’s research into how marginalised adults in Suffolk access the important information needed to lead a full life, are to inform the development of new thinking among local authorities and third sector organisations in Suffolk. The findings will be presented at a seminar in Ipswich on 9th September alongside new research recently conducted by University College Suffolk. It is hoped that new thinking emerging from the seminar will help address the ‘struggle factor’ identified so clearly by Ci’s research.

Download the report

Peer-led evaluation success

IMG_8107bsm-230x154Four students from Farlingaye High School in Suffolk have completed a peer-led evaluation of the NORCAS young people’s drug and alcohol education programme. Working under the guidence of Ci over a period of 2 months the volunteers were responsible for designing methodology, conducting fieldwork, analysing evidence and presenting findings.

Speaking at the presentation of findings NORCAS Chief Executive said – “This is enormously useful to us. As well as gaining a unique perspective on the work we do, it gives us a kind of quality assurance which is increasingly important”.

“I have had an amazing time and it is a great opportunity that should defiantly be repeated” said Jordan, one of the Young Researchers

See details of the project

Beyond Tokenism

ncb0011-230x329Ci was present for the London conference ‘Beyond Tokenism’ which launched the new NCB guide for research with Children and Young People.

It was exciting to see how much interest there was in our peer-led work. It seems we are one step ahead on the learning curve but there is so much more to learn. With children and young people forming more than 20% of our communities there is so much more to do to ensure their views are heard.

Download the guidleines

Young researchers for drug and alcohol research

OBJECTIV-SUBJECTIVE-230x231Young volunteer researchers are needed in Suffolk and Norfolk to help evaluate a new drugs and alcohol education programme on behalf of a leading charity.

If you are aged 16 to 21 and have an interest in youth work, teaching, community work, social or health research you might be interested in this opportunity to help improve the effectivness of a new education programme to help young people take more informed decisions about drugs and alcohol.

We are looking for teams of 3 or 4 young people to accept the challenge of designing and delivering a peer-led evaluation study. We provide training, equipment and transport and over approximately12 hours  across 6 to 8 weeks you design your approach, conduct the fieldwork and present your findings.

If you want to know more see http://www.do-it.org.uk/oppdetails.do?id=1599717

Creative Engagement in Leeds

pla-conference2010-230x259The creative consultation methodology pioneered by Cultural Intelligence is to be the subject of a keynote presentation at a major national conference in Leeds, 20-22 October.

The Public Libraries Authority conference organised by CILIP will hear how Cultural Intelligence’s creative engagement consultation successfully researched the views and experience of hard to engage groups such as people with learning difficulties, people with physical disabilities, people with mental health issues, family carers, asylum seekers, refugees and older people.

A feature will also be published in the Public Libraries Journal in the Autumn and will be available here following the publication.

Creative consultation helps library transformation

Burynewlibrary300200-230x154The newly refreshed and refurbished library at Bury St Edmunds has opened for business to considerable acclaim.

Cultural Intelligence led a programme of creative public consultation which not only informed the design and layout of the library but has also influenced it’s book and media stock and the programme of activities that it offers.

Many of the young people who participated in the consultation have been invited to see the impact of their work at the official opening on 15 September