Mortal Fools sets up second base in Ashington, offering free creative & drama opportunities to local young people.
We couldn’t finish this year without letting you all in on a big landmark moment for us at Mortal Fools; we’ve set up another base in YMCA Northumberland, Ashington! This is such an exciting moment, rounding out another year of organisational growth, and will see us expand our creative projects and launch new youth theatre groups for young people in Ashington and the surrounding areas.
We specialise in co-creating theatre and creative projects with young people; offering opportunities to those aged 7-19 years old in Northumberland from our Prudhoe base. We believe that Youth Theatre is a tremendous vehicle for helping young people build their confidence and skills by engaging their creativity. We focus on supporting children and young people's creativity, wellbeing and self-belief using the medium of drama.
The impact on young people through engaging with youth theatre and organisations like Mortal Fools and YMCA Northumberland can be huge and have a really important, positive effect on well-being. These safe, fun, creative spaces enable young people to make sense of the world, explore contemporary world issues with peers, and develop transferrable skills like emotional resilience, leadership and communication skills - skills that are even more important and needed in this uncertain landscape.
We are so excited to be expanding into YMCA Northumberland; using their hall space for activities with young people and taking up office space. This will be in addition to our Prudhoe office, growing Tyne Valley Youth Theatre groups, online groups and work across the North-East and wider North. From January 2022, we will be launching new Youth Theatre groups in Ashington, providing free creative drama infused opportunities to even more Northumberland young people. We’ve been running successful taster sessions across December and there are more across January for 7-11 year olds and 14-18 year olds, with exciting projects in the pipeline. You can find out more about those HERE.
About the expansion our CEO and Artistic Director Kiz Crosbie said:
We are delighted to have established this new base within the YMCA Northumberland building in the heart of Ashington and are grateful for the welcome we have received so far. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed connecting with Ashington young people via our youth theatre taster sessions so far. We look forward to building a lasting, dynamic and creative relationships with YMCA, meeting and working with more local young people and embedding into the Ashington community.
This expansion into Ashington, within the YMCA Northumberland building, also marks the start of some collaborative working and partnership young people’s projects with YMCA Northumberland. YMCA Northumberland is an independent charity, bringing together local people and organisations to support young people and their needs in Northumberland for over 130 years. The core of their work is in providing grass roots youth programmes that support and empower young people to help them reach their true potential. YMCA Northumberland is known for its incredible youth work and Mortal Fools for its drama interventions supporting well-being. Through this new and evolving partnership we believe that we will have a greater impact on Ashington youngsters by combining our strengths.
Rob Cox, CEO of YMCA Northumberland said of this new partnership:
We feel delighted and fortunate to now class Mortal Fools as a key partner. Their skills, flexibility, honesty and leadership give us confidence that this collaboration will bring exciting and meaningful opportunities to young people in Northumberland.
In addition to this expansion and new partnership, in 2022, Mortal Fools will be marking our 10 year organisational birthday alongside new projects, performances and lots of opportunities for young people to get involved! Keep an eye on our social media platforms @mortalfoolsuk and sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with all our happenings. You can also visit www.mortalfools.org.uk/ashington-tasters to find out more about (and sign up for) Ashington Mortal Fools Youth Theatre taster sessions.
We are so excited for this next chapter and another year of positive contributions to young people’s lives with our network and growing creative offer!
We are thrilled to be a part of the Co-op Local Community Fund from October 2021 – October 2022.
The Local Community Fund is an important way that Co-op members can support grassroot community projects, like Mortal Fools’ Young Leaders group, making a huge different to young people’s lives.
For every £1 members spend on selected Co-op branded products and services, 2p goes to your chosen local cause.
How you can support Mortal Fools via the Co-op Local Community Fund:
We really appreciate your support – this is an easy but meaningful way for Co-op shoppers and service users to support Mortal Fools as a charity and the young people we work with. Your contributions to the Mortal Fools pot will support our Young Leaders to organise projects, events and activities that engage their peers with creative opportunities, support their mental health and well-being and enrich Northumberland communities.
Mortal Fools Co-op Local Cause Page: www.membership.coop.co.uk/causes/59610
Today is #SmallCharityBigImpactDay as part of Small Charity Week 2021 and we thought we’d take the opportunity to share some of our impact over the 12 months. The last year has been a year of pivoting, growing, creating, an abundance of adventure, learning to get comfortable with discomfort and expecting the unexpected.
Mortal Fools’ purpose is to support people to have better interpersonal relationships with one another and we do that through theatre and drama. Our work became even more important during a year when COVID forced us to physically distance from one another.
We are so proud of our team for the ingenuity and resilience they’ve shown, and for the positive impact we’ve collectively been able to make to young people and freelance artists in Northumberland and beyond, who really needed us to be there for them.
You can download out End Of Year Summary HERE – it’s full of some of our all important impact numbers.
You can also experience some of the work we’ve created across the last 12 months with young people and professional artists:
When The World Is Loud – our audio theatre experience is still available to access for FREE. We’ve had over 1000 listeners so far and it is perfect for the Summer days ahead, so give it a listen. Find out more HERE.
Melva Mapletree and the Quest for Barnabas Boggle - our online, interactive storytelling Melva game to support children’s mental health is NOW available to families, schools and community groups. Find out more HERE!
Let Us Tell You – our new creative film project is available to watch now. This is a coming together of young people’s powerful voices on film and an invitation to step inside their thought provoking and sometimes imaginary worlds. You can watch the two films HERE and download the free resource to use with young people HERE.
CONNECT – We’ve been delivering our professional and personal development programme and training for individuals, teams and businesses to thousands of people. You can find out more HERE.
And we’ve got so much more to come! We are ready to step into the next year, stronger, wiser and forever changed.
You can follow us on social to keep up to date and check out our online content on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Linkedin @mortalfoolsUK & our YouTube channel is full of lots of content.