act out / speak up

Empower the next generation

ACT OUT/SPEAK UP

At EdShift, we bring quality, drama-based violence prevention programmes and digital resources to children age 7-16.

In response to local and national need, we aim to prevent domestic abuse by providing relationship and sex education in schools.

Through innovative drama-based approaches, we empower young people to develop the skills and aspiration to achieve, healthy, equal, and fulfilling relationships.

Processing Events

Learning Through Drama

Exploring Issues and Feelings

Our Programmes

Our programmes provide children and young people with opportunities to explore a range of relationship scenarios. Through drama based learning children and young people are given the freedom to discover alternatives to violence and find solutions to problems, preparing them for real-life relationships. 

‘Under the guise of play or pretend, we can for once – act in new ways. The bit of distance from real life afforded by drama enables us to gain perspective on our real-life roles and patterns and actions and to experiment actively with alternatives.’ 

Our SpotLight Intervention aims to mitigate the poor health outcomes associated with
childhood exposure to domestic violence. Our digital resource and handbook provide
children with the opportunity to share their fears, overcome their experiences and support their journey towards healing and recovery.

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130,000 children in the UK are living with domestic abuse where this is high risk of murder or significant harm.

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49% of boys and 33% of girls aged 13 -14 thought that hitting a partner would be ‘ok’ in at least one of 12 scenarios presented to them.

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1 in 4 13 to 17 years olds accessing specialist young people’s domestic abuse services demonstrate harmful behaviour

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Of young people under 18 are at risk of poverty and social deprivation

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Of 13-18 year old girls report experiencing physical abuse in their own intimate partner relationships

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of children collated from referrals to the Domestic Abuse Hub had been exposed in some form to domestic violence.

Our Vision and Values

The aims of EdShift are to carry out activities which benefit our community and to bring quality, structured drama-based learning programmes and digital resources to children and young people aged 7 -16

new opportunity!

We are looking for 8 individuals to fill our board of Volunteer Directors with specific knowledge and expertise in the following areas:

  • Child Sexual Exploitation (Police/ Social Services)
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Arts Therapy
  • Digital Arts
  • Child and Adolescent mental health
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Education (Primary and secondary)