EdShift equips the next generation with the skills and aspiration to achieve healthy relationships, with self and others, enabling us to achieve our mission and bring us closer to seeing our vision.
EdShift is a community interest company that delivers drama based learning programmes across key stage 2 – 3 and 4.
We aim to provide exemplary drama based learning workshops and digital resources to enable children and young people to explore conflict situations in a safe, fun and creative environment.
The specific outcomes likely to be achieved through EdShift’s programme include, reduced feelings of isolation, new coping skills, a wider expression of feelings, improved self-esteem, increased sense of spontaneity and positive relationships.
Our workshops use drama processes to achieve the therapeutic goals of cohesion, empathy and personal growth.
We use an experiential approach that facilitates the participant’s ability to solve problems, express feelings appropriately, explore consequences, improve interpersonal skills and strengthen the ability to perform personal life roles.
EdShift was founded by Elspeth Lea Brook in April 2019. The company has a board of 5 directors, with experience ranging from social care management, counselling and psychotherapy, finance, youth work, domestic violence and performing arts.
From the age of 2, Elspeth attended Elwyn ballet school, through which she danced with The Royal Academy of Dancing and Northern Ballet. At school, she was known for her acting skills in drama.
In 2004 she graduated with a BA Honours and qualified as a teacher in 2007.
In 2008 she began her MA in Education, focussing on Augusto Boal and Forum theatre, a drama technique used in EdShift’s ACT OUT/ SPEAK UP programme.
As part of her MA, Ellie volunteered in community outreach through the Everyman Theatre, teaching young girls’ resilience and assertiveness through drama-based approaches. This led to her first ‘real job’ at a Secure Training Centre, teaching young boys on Detention Training Orders with alternative’s to violence.
In 2011 Ellie won funding to deliver ‘SAFE’, a project she designed and delivered to enable children with social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties to express themselves through arts therapy.
In 2013 she began working in complex mental health and in 2015, ‘everything fell into place’ when she became the Project Manager on the Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme.
EdShift’s SpotLight Intervention was developed in response to the deaths of two children and 14 women, caused by domestic violence in the first three weeks of lockdown.
To support those affected, EdShift wrote a blog to share with professionals working with vulnerable children (See here). During this communication, EdShift was asked to create a visual guide to meet a range of ages and needs.
Around this time EdShift was contacted by Ann Brown, a domestic abuse survivor who had written her own play chronicling her experiences. Ann’s own response to the rise in domestic violence, was to livestream her play to raise awareness to larger audiences.
The funds raised were kindly donated to EdShift and a domestic violence refuge.
EdShift’s board consulted with the community, young people and survivors and decided that the funds would go towards developing a digital resource based on the initial blog written in April, to equip children with vital planning skills to reduce significant harm or injury.
EdShift has sourced vital Capacity Building Funds from Comic Relief to update their website and further funds from Tesco Bags of Help to develop the SpotLight Handbook for children and young people to work through as part of their 1:1 sessions.