Guest blogpost by Susie Murphy, The Positive Youth Foundation for Arts Connect
The Positive Youth Foundation (PYF) is a Coventry-based organisation that supports vulnerable young people and communities across the region. Young people from PYF have been working with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) ahead of the opening of a new family-friendly exhibition about the making of Shakespeare’s plays, The Play’s The Thing. The PYF’s Susie Murphy explains the difference the relationship has made.
The Positive Youth Foundation works across health, education and community engagement in order to help young people experiencing challenging circumstances take positive approaches to move forward in their lives.
The Royal Shakespeare Company came to the PYF in 2015 in an effort to encourage young people who have either never engaged in an RSC experience, or those who felt it inaccessible to them, to feel that they had an invested interest in the company.
The RSC organised a series of tours, viewings and workshops with our young people, followed up by detailed consultation that asked ‘how can we improve our service, for you and your peers?’.
The RSC were keen for our young people to inform the direction of a number of their projects, including the creation of their major new exhibition The Play’s The Thing. It’s aimed at a young audience, and we helped the RSC to understand how young people may interpret the content of the exhibition in a way that is meaningful and relevant to them.
Young people from Coventry were then invited to join the RSC Audience Development Forum, giving valuable insight into a customer experience of an evening at the RSC. We have also enjoyed drama workshops by leading professionals, and private tours of the theatre’s inner workings.
In October 2016, three young people were invited to deliver a short speech at the official opening of the The Play’s The Thing – that’s a really serious thing for a young person!
The young people themselves describe their RSC journey as eye-opening:
‘When my mates first heard that I went to the RSC their response was, ‘you got in?’ I can tell how interested they are now to visit themselves since hearing my stories’
‘I actually asked the question ‘do you need an appointment’ the first time I found out we were visiting the RSC. I now feel like I’m part of the family, like others should make the appointment with me.’
‘When we hear about different opportunities open to young people I can be quite choosy, I’ve been let down in the past by youth trips that have felt unwelcoming. Since the RSC experiences, if anyone asks do you want to come to the RSC – I’m down!’
‘I think the feeling I feel the most after my experiences at the RSC is ‘respect’. Respect for the incredible amount of work they do there, and the level of work which is created.’
The Play’s The Thing is open daily at the RSC’s Stratford-upon-Avon theatres from Saturday 22 October. www.rsc.org.uk/theplaysthething
Image Credit – ArtsConnect
We have two exciting new posts within our team:
- Sports Programmes Co-ordinator. 12 month contract. 40 hours per week. Salary band £18,500-£21,500. The post holder will be responsible for the direct delivery of sports-based provision for young people identified as being ‘at risk’ of exclusion, or already demonstrating challenging behavior. There will be a strong focus on co-ordinating grant-funded community projects and maintaining effective partnerships with key stakeholders.
- Youth Engagement Officer (Sessional) – Flexible hours. Salary based upon £15,500-£18,500. The post holders will join a pool of delivery staff, tasked with supporting a wide range of programmes designed to engage young people who are referred to us for a range of support needs. Sessions are delivered throughout the day from 9am-9pm, so this is a fantastic opportunity for people who require flexible working hours.
Both of these roles will support the delivery of our targeted youth services across Coventry. We are looking for people who can slot straight in to the team, therefore require experienced practitioners.
If you are looking for a challenge then this could be your moment!
For further information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – an application pack will be emailed to you.
Deadlines for applications are 5pm on Monday 4th April.
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The PYF Team are having a little break over the festive period, therefore there will be none of our Raising Aspirations Programme or our Community sessions until the New Year.
RAP (Our Education Programme) starts back from Monday 4th January 2016.
Community Sessions start back from Tuesday 5th January 2016, kicking off with Tuesday Kicks at Sidney Stringer.
We wish you all a happy and safe Christmas break and a wonderful New Year!
See you in 2016!
“Tapping into the city’s future aspirations, hopes and ambitions for its children and young people.”
Working alongside Coventry City Council’s Public Health team, we have been involved in a series of videos they have created.
Check out the video below!
We have two further exciting new posts available:
Project Coordinator (Newly Arrived Young People’s Project)
The post-holder will be responsible for co-ordinating our project for young people who are newly arrived, refugees or asylum seekers. We expect the post holder to have high standards in relation to supporting young people and establishing effective partnerships with key stakeholders.
Funded by The Tudor Trust.
This is a fixed-term post until June 2017, 37 hours per week with a salary banding of £15,500-£18,500
Youth Activity Leaders – Sessional Hours
This role is an important element of our daytime provision for young people.
Working as part of a team, you will deliver a range of engaging programmes to support young people.
You will have the opportunity to deliver school-based and community sessions in the form of youth clubs, sports projects and more.
Salary band £13,000-£15,000 pro-rata
Closing date for both posts: 21st December
For further information please email email@example.com
We are celebrating with our partners after being named Community Project of the Year at the 2015 Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire (CSW) Sports Awards.
The “#Ucan” scheme was the first major community project to be delivered as part of Coventry’s 10 year Sports Strategy and is managed by Coventry City Council and delivered in the heart of the Foleshill community in partnership with the Coventry Sports Foundation, Sky Blues in the Community and Positive Youth Foundation.
The award recognises a sport and/or physical activity project which uses innovative approaches to improve health and enhance the quality of life and/or participation levels of the people in Coventry, Solihull or Warwickshire.
The project is funded by Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund and the city was awarded £215,000 over three years. #Ucan was set up to increase community participation in sporting activities and has proven to be an enormous success in its first year, showing a huge increase in numbers attending sporting and recreational activities.
To date just over 18,000 participant attendances have taken part in the programme – made up of 4,972 individual participants. 3,650 of those are aged 14 plus
Katie Davis, Project Co-ordinator:
“The project has grown in to a very significant and important aspect of people’s live within the area. The partners involved are all committed to making the city a healthier city. I look forward to growing it over the next few years”
Grants and Commissions fund-raising specialism.
Salary band: £22,500 – £25,000
Fixed-term up until March 2017.
To support our growth, we are seeking a dynamic and charismatic Business Manager who will work closely with the management team to develop funding applications and related activity.
Knowledge of the youth and community sector will be essential for this role, as will a high standard of English and Maths.
If you want to make a difference to young people’s lives – then this is a great opportunity to make an impact.
1. The post holder will provide comprehensive business support to Positive Youth Foundation strategic activity and be responsible for leading on designated business-related projects, in particular, related to funding applications.
2. To support the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees with continuous improvement of the charity, through the management of developmental programmes and partnerships.
3. To actively seek income generating opportunities through grant-funding applications and commissioning opportunities.
For more information on how to apply for this position please contact us via email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for this position is Monday 21st December 2015.
We have a number of exciting opportunities across the service:
Post 1: Project Coordinator (Newly Arrived Young People’s Project)
The post-holder will be responsible for co-ordinating our new project, funded by The Tudor Trust. Responsibility will include partnership development, delivery of personal development programmes and programme design with the aim of engaging and supporting newly arrived young people.
This is a fixed-term two-year post, 37 hours per week with a salary banding of £15,500-£17,750
Post 2: Education and Community Assistant
This role is an important element of our daytime provision for young people.
Working as part of a team, you will deliver a range of engaging programmes to support young people who find mainstream schooling a challenge. You will also have the opportunity to deliver community sessions in the form of youth clubs and outreach projects.
This is a fixed-term one year post. 30-37 hours per week negotiable. Salary band £13,000-£15,000 pro-rata
Post 3: Activity Leaders
Responsible for delivering a range of positive activity sessions which include sport, music and creative sessions. Hours are flexible based upon your availability and skill set.
5-15 hours per week. Salary band £7 – £15 per hour depending on session type.
Deadline for all posts: 12.06.2015
For more information or an application pack, please email info@positiveyouthfoundation.