“I enjoyed being able to sit and work having people around me and do the blind drawing exercise because it helped me realise how structured I am and how to free my drawing”
Workshop Participant
“Our form tutor stopped teaching us gay rights so we wouldn't ‘catch the gay’.”
Workshop Participant
“It was nice to have my work in an art exhibition with better known artists - it made my work feel special”
Workshop Participant
“My experience of sex ed in school was awkward with teachers laughing more than pupils & we only watched videos, not many talks”
Workshop Participant
“If I could plan my own sex ed, I would include many different kinds of relationships from all backgrounds and make sure people aren't embarrassed”
Workshop Participant
“I enjoyed being able to discuss topics like sexism because I find these topics interesting, personal and also topical”
Workshop Participant
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Creative Media

Via our creative programmes we aim to increase young people’s self-esteem and empathy, and encourage critical thinking and creativity. We contribute to young people making considered and safer relationship/life choices that exceed the limits of stereotypical expectations.

Our programmes are developed by listening carefully to young people. For example, we have developed the ‘As You Are’ programme with Hastings Adventure Playground young people. The programme uses activities such as puppet making, mural work and performance to encourage 8-12 year olds to look at ways we make judgements about each other and how this hurts all of us. 

In the past 10 months 69 young people and 4 young volunteers have benefitted from our work. The majority of the young people we work with are vulnerable/ from minority groups and drawn from areas of Hastings and Rother that rank in the top 10% of deprived locations in the UK (IMD Deprivation Statistics, 2014).