Get Started with Performance & Creativity - a personal development programme this October for young people 16-30years old in collaboration with Prince's Trust.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Prince's Trust on this personal development programme for young people aged 16-30years old: Get Started with Performance & Creativity.
📣It’s free and applications are open now! 📣
This weeklong programme is perfect for folks that would like to 👇
This week – is not just for folks interested in the creative sector, it’s for anyone aged 16-30years old, who is curious about how creativity and related skills and thinking processes, are game changing employability strengths.
And of course, as it’s Mortal Fools – participants will have lots of fun, do lots of practical activities (no death by PowerPoint – we promise!) and it will be unlike any programme you’ve experienced before!
We wrap up the week by celebrating everything you’ve achieved with a special event. It’s a great way to finish the course – with your new friends – and folks can invite family and friends to join in with you.
It’s totally free to attend the week and lunch (and snacks!) are provided each day! Creative brains need good creative fuel!
Beyond the week session – Mortal Fools will host a “reunion” style session (date TBC) to bring everyone back together for some reflections and fun, AND Princes Trust will offer bespoke package of support for each participant, responding to their aspirations and needs!
🌟 Sign up and find out more by emailing: princestrustNE@princes-trust.org.uk
🌟 Taster session: 10th October – come along and meet Mortal Fools & have a taster of the programme!
🌟 Get Started with Performance & Creativity dates: 16th – 20th October.
🌟 Application deadline: 9th October.
🌟 Location: Princes Trust, Newcastle city centre.
Get ready to unleash your creativity with Mortal Fools and Princes Trust and sign up now!
We are so excited!
North East Businesses Muckle LLP and Ryder Architecture gift mental health support to the region’s children through creative intervention programme MELVA.
● The MELVA programme supports children at a developmentally critical age to teach effective wellbeing strategies and build emotional resilience.
● Schools access the MELVA programme through annual licences, which can be gifted by businesses as part of their ESG commitments.
● Muckle LLP and Ryder Architecture have gifted 13 MELVA licences to schools across the North.
A unique programme supporting children aged 7-11 years with their mental health has secured the backing of two of the region’s most prominent businesses.
Law firm Muckle LLP and architecture practice Ryder Architecture have joined forces with award winning theatre, drama, and creative learning company Mortal Fools to support the distribution of their children’s mental health programme, MELVA, by gifting 13 licences between them to schools across the North.
MELVA is a creative intervention programme for key stage two children, their teachers, and families, designed in response to the 2017 green paper ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’ and the national young people’s mental health crisis, which currently sees one in six children aged 5-16 with diagnosable mental health conditions.
Initially established by Mortal Fools as a live touring performance package by for North East schools, the MELVA programme has since been developed into a digital resource, making it accessible to thousands of young people across the UK, with 66 schools having used it so far.
This chargeable web-based creative programme, which is available through annual licences, MELVA is designed to be led by teaching staff in schools, taking children through a fun and creative story-based programme designed to help them better understand and manage their emotions and mental wellbeing.
Consisting of animations, a feature film split into episodes, an interactive choose-your-own- adventure game, a toolbox of teacher resources, interactive classroom resources and flexible delivery structure - the MELVA programme follows the adventures of Melva Mapletree, a young girl who navigates a set of challenges as she learns to recognise, understand and manage her ‘worrits’ - what she calls those niggling worries and concerns that can be difficult for children to identify and deal with.
The digital resource was particularly beneficial for young people’s mental health during Covid-19 and supporting with the isolation caused by lockdowns and the ongoing post-pandemic impact.
Kiz Crosbie, Mortal Fools CEO & Artistic Director said: “Collaborations with compassionate and civic-minded business partners like Muckle LLP and Ryder Architecture enables us to remove significant barriers for schools to access this important programme, placing effective mental health resources directly into the hands of the children who need it most. The more businesses like this we work with, the more children we can reach. We would love more businesses to invest in Melva, so we can reach even more young people!”
The support of businesses like Muckle LLP and Ryder Architecture enables schools, many of whom have been impacted by increasing demands and shrinking budgets, to access the MELVA programme and learn new ways to support their children.
Muckle LLP community team selected five North East schools to gift MELVA to as part of their evolving commitment to ESG, while Ryder Architecture are gifting eight licences to schools across the North as part of their 70th anniversary celebrations.
Hugh Welch, senior partner from Muckle LLP commented: “We are delighted to have been able to partner with Mortal Fools. We believe that business can and should be a force for good - giving back and sharing our success is central to our values and culture. We know that all actions, big and small, can move the needle in a positive direction. That’s why it’s important for us to be able to support our local community with resources like MELVA, that align with our values of supporting young people, overcoming disadvantage, and improving social mobility.”
Richard Wise, Partner from Ryder Architecture added: “I have two hats to wear when it comes to Mortal Fools. As a partner at Ryder Architecture, I cannot praise them enough for what they do. Many of our people have benefitted from the personal and professional develop training programmes they deliver. As Chair of Trustees, I am incredibly proud of the positive impact Mortal Fools has on the lives of the young people they serve.
Melva has never been more relevant, it tackles issues of anxiety, confidence and mental health in an imaginative and engaging way, and we are delighted to have been able to support the programme as part of our 70th anniversary year.”
For more information on the MELVA programme visit www.melva.org.uk
To download the MELVA brochure showcasing how businesses can support children and young peoples’ mental health by investing into the programme click here!
We are delighted to be hosting our friends and project partners – the award-winning Company Three for a practice development workshop across two days on 1st & 2nd November. This high quality and impactful training called ‘Making Theatre with Young People’ is for folks working with young people to create and co-create creative and performance-based content.
Company Three are united on a mission to give teenagers the power to tell their own stories and create their own change. They do this as a theatre company of professional theatre makers and led by the ideas of 75 young people aged 11-19.
Their approach to co-creation and using youth theatre a vehicle for social change, personal growth and as a place of community, has long been a source of inspiration to us at Mortal Fools and influenced our practice.
Some members of our team have attended this training before and found it impactful, game changing and a must for theatre makers and folks making performance work with young people. We thoroughly recommend this course, and we are very excited to be bringing it to the North East.
Making Theatre with Young People - Company Three
Led by Company Three's Artistic Director, Ned Glasier, this 2-day course will give you an overview of how they make plays with young people. Company Three will share how they create a space in which young people feel safe to express themselves and a step-by-step guide to turning their ideas and material into a finished play.
Two days – 1st & 2nd November, 10am – 5pm
It is £175 per person to attend this two-day course.
The course has been subsidised by Mortal Fools and would normally be £250 per person to attend or thousands if commission the training directly for an organisation.
At YMCA Northumberland, North View, Ashington NE63 9XQ
Venue has changing facilities, disabled toilet, vending machine, and on-site car park. If on site car parking is full – there is free car parking close by.
To familiarise yourself with the venue, facilities, and locations – head to YMCA Northumberland website: https://ymcanorthumberland.org.uk/
Who is the Making Theatre with Young People course for?
Theatre-makers, artists, choreographers, musicians, teachers, youth workers, writers, producers, and anyone who is interested in meaningful artistic collaboration with young people.
How much experience do I need?
The course works best when there are people with a wide mix of experience in the room - from beginners to those who have been doing it for years.
It is Company Three and Mortal Fools’ responsibility to make this course and venue accessible so that everyone can participate in it. Please contact us via: firstname.lastname@example.org with your access needs prior to booking and if appropriate we will follow up with more information/opportunity to chat to the team.
There will be a note taker at the event recording contributions across the two days – notes will be shared after the session.
Attendees will receive a pre-course email with information about the days and what to expect.
About Company Three:
You can find out more about Company Three via their website: www.companythree.co.uk
How to book or express interest:
To book and/or to request more information email Team Mortal Fools via: email@example.com
We have limited places available on this course and it will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Once you’re booked on – Mortal Fools will raise an invoice for payment for £175 which will be payable ahead of attending, and only payment of invoice officially confirms your place.