Creating Change

Creating Change is a national network of organisations involved in creative participatory group work with children and young people at risk.  It connects artists, practitioners and organisations so that practice, research and resources can be shared.

Creating Change is inviting a wider membership of individuals and organisations to become associate members.

Creating Change was founded by Ovalhouse in 2013.

1 Inspiration

Here a few recent updates; there are plenty more in our Inspiration and Resources section.


A New Direction is bringing together representatives from Virtual Schools across England to explore how Artsmark could be used to develop and embed cultural 
education to support children and young people within the care system.

A.N.D will be running roundtables in London and Birmingham in May and June 2016

If you are a representative from a Virtual School and have any further questions, please contact: 

Anthony Ruck, Programmes Manager at A New Direction on 020 7608 8973



As a sector leader in arts inclusion, Ovalhouse's creative methodology is based on principles of equality and social justice. A combination of techniques like role-play, forum theatre, storytelling and physical theatre are used to engage young people emotionally, intellectually and imaginatively.

On 10th February 2016 at Goldsmith's University, Ovalhouse launched their report 'Taking Risks' which is a three-year evaluation report commissioned by Ovalhouse and conducted by Centre for Urban and Community Research, about participatory arts with disadvantaged children.

 Please see here for more information, for a copy of the report click here.


2 Opportunities

Relevant events, training, workshops and conferences.


in London

SLAMbassadors UK is a pioneering project, credited with bringing youth poetry slam to the country over 15 years ago, and with launching the careers of some of the UK’s best known spoken word artists – from Anthony Anaxagorou to Chris Preddie OBE, and on through Krept and Konan to Vanessa Kisuule.

Roundhouse are offering a FREE 2 day workshop to groups made up of young people who are aged 12-18 to a maximum of 15 participants. They are aiming the opportunity to groups who have less access to the arts for whatever reason. Bookings can be made for any days between May – and the first week of July.

If you’re interested in this opportunity please click here and we can discuss the options.   



in London

As nearly all teachers work with EAL and bilingual learners at some point in their careers Rewrite have developed a CPD programme specifically for EAL co-ordinators and Applied Theatre practitioners over the last two years. Our methodology offers an innovative, practical and creative approach to language acquisition which sets it apart from other EAL / ESOL training available.

Established in 2008, Creative ESOL is an established model of practice (featured in the British Council publication Innovations in English language teaching for migrants and refugees) for newly arrived young migrants and refugees to develop their English language skills, confidence and integration through drama and the arts. Sessions are delivered by a qualified ESOL teacher and experienced drama practitioner. Projects with young people aged 4 – 18 years are currently taking place in primary and secondary schools in Southwark, Lambeth and Islington.

This training day is a beginner's workshop where Rewrite will share their innovative practice on language learning through drama and the arts. The event is suitable for anyone involved in teaching or arts facilitation with young people or adults.

To book click here


in London

National Youth Theatre's Playing Up Social inclusion Programme is a ten month free actor training course for 19-25 year old's who are out of work and education. The course gains the student two A-levels, and is a highly supported course, for those with vulnerabilities. Auditions are to be held on 10th June 2016

If you have any questions or queries contact Samuel Evans 


3 Join

Creating Change is inviting a wider membership of individuals and organisations to become associate members. Membership is free and if you join you can have your member's profile and contact information listed as an associate member. See our contact form to send us more information.

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