Creating Change is the initiative of Ovalhouse, a theatre in south London and is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
Ovalhouse specialises in participatory arts intervention programmes supporting children and young people facing social and educational exclusion. The work is underpinned by the theory and practice of key theatre practitioners such as Augusto Boal and Dorothy Heathcote. The programmes are specifically designed to support young people from disadvantaged circumstances who find themselves on the brink of exclusion or other crises due to social exclusion, deprivation and risk factors. Working in partnership with local authorities, schools, pupil referral units and voluntary sector organisations, Ovalhouse aims to give children and young people effective lifelong tools to maximise their strengths and build resilience and to break the cycle of deprivation for themselves and also for their communities.
The network is a key component of the work of Ovalhouse and will ensure dissemination and the sharing of learning and expertise through workforce development and the production of accessible resources.