The drama experience they provide is consistently of a high standard, engaging and relevant to young people. Diverse Voices have also provided targeted interventions using drama as a stimulus, to children and young people at risk of gang involvement. Evaluations from schools and other settings consistently rate their work as excellent or outstanding.
The members of Diverse Voices are consummate professional. Their passion and commitment to the work they undertake with young people is evident in every project, as is their vision and determination to provide opportunities for young people to succeed.
Quote from teacher:
"Material was handled expertly, students guided into participation in ways that made them feel safe and confident, excellent framing of forum theatre brought out high- level responses"
Mary Neilson | PSHE Education Adviser
394 High Road | Leyton | London | E10 6QE
Tel: 020 8498 4155 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BURNSIDE KS3 SHORT STAY SCHOOL
2 Burnside Ave,
Tel : 020 8496 1964
Fax : 020 8709 3001
To whom it may concern
Diverse Voices has been working with us at the KS3 PRU for over a year. They provide a reliable and well planned drama programme which compliments our curriculum. Sessions are well structured and lead. Our pupils thoroughly enjoy taking part.
As well as providing opportunities for English Speaking and Listening National Curriculum Level Assessments, these sessions build towards performances which are then shared with the rest of the school. Any opportunities to link in a cross curricular way to the rest of the schools subjects are taken. For example, Diverse Voices supported our pupils in their role play preparations for a workshop with local police looking at issues of stop and search.
We thoroughly enjoy working with Diverse Voices who are excellent and inspiring role models for our vulnerable young people. If any further information is required, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
Wendy Hartley & Jeff Grose
Deputy Head Teachers
Paradise Park PRU KS2
To Whom it May concern
'At first I was unsure of how the children would respond to the Diverse Voices programme, since they all suffer low self-esteem and have difficulties with conflict, which poses a challenge when they are all together in a group, but I was very pleasantly surprised! Dwayne and Alex proved to be excellent facilitators, with strong presence, and they established respect from the children very quickly. Most importantly, the children showed immense enjoyment and complete engagement each session. It was lovely to see them all participate, hear them laughing and it was clear that they all got a lot out of it. Thank you very much!'
Head of Paradise Park Primary PRU/New River College
I have used Diverse Voices on numerous occasions over the past four years. They came highly recommended by the PSHE, Citizenship and Community Cohesion leads in the borough and I have always found their work to be of the highest quality and the highest value. They have supported work directly in Drama and PSHE, two areas for which I have had responsibility. They present thoughtful, intelligent and (most importantly) accessible work that engages the students and enhances their learning and understanding. They have delivered workshops specifically on peer pressure, stereotyping, homophobia, personal safety and gang culture and I have seen significant evidence of progress in the students who have taken part in their workshops. The members of the group are professional and approachable, and present their work to students in a way that young people can easily relate to but which is never patronising or condescending and always challenges them to think more deeply and at higher levels.
In addition to the work I have seen them do in PSHE and Drama, I am sure that their accessible, stimulating style would be very effective in supporting the English curriculum to bring alive text and to encourage creativity in response to the syllabus. Their reflective approach, which involves students in using Drama as an active tool of enquiry, would in fact be well suited to all subjects; I could also see how useful they would be in a broader whole-school sense in building attachment and helping students address non-academic issues such as attendance and behaviour.
Recent staffing changes at Lammas means that some of our own work on attachment, building self-esteem and peer mentoring is being slowed down or stopped all together. The way Diverse Voices work would be extremely well suited to helping us fill some of these gaps in what is an important area of provision for us.
I intend to continue to use Diverse Voices whenever I can in supporting my work across the school here at Lammas.
Curriculum Leader, Creative Arts
In June 2012 Diverse Voices were invited to Brentford School for Girls to run a Dance and Drama workshop as part of Media Arts Week.
They were professional, enthusiastic and had built a memorable relationship with the students. The team did a fantastic job creating an inclusive environment and inspiring the young people involved in their workshop to discover their inner creativity. I was pleased to see students who normally lacked confidence, be encouraged to turn their weaknesses into strengths through the Drama and Dance sessions. The team had excellent rapport with the students; many of them commented on how fun and exciting the sessions were.
The showcase at the end of the workshops was another occasion where the team showed exceptional leadership and development skills. Every student who took part in the showcase felt special and proud that of their accomplishments.
I would definitely recommend Diverse Voices to any organisation that is looking to develop the creativity, innovation and confidence of young people.
Head of Department- Psychology and Sociology
Brentford School for Girls
E10 6EJ | 020 8539 6777
Just a huge thank you to you and the other members of your team for the highly successful Anti Racism Workshops you ran in our Year 5 and Year 6.
You took the issues that we raised as a school, turned them into playlets and dealt with them sensitively in the format of performance, workshops and performance with changed outcomes suggested by pupils.
There is always a very fine line in educating on a subject such as this and you did this exceedingly well. You and your team through not only being from outside the school but also super cool grabbed the attention of our students in a way that we as school staff would not be able to do.
I understand that covering this topic was a first for you. I am certain that it will not be the last and would recommend you to other schools considering this for their students in the future.
All teachers have said that they were impressed and felt that you got it just right, plus in speaking to a number of our pupils, they not only enjoyed it but feel better able to recognise what racism is. " I can't wait to see what happens in the end performance" was a comment made to me. " I know we're all special" was another.
Lead Learning Mentor
Diverse Voices connect to young people with a rare ease, and use their engaging and entertaining skills with subtlety, to draw young people’s thinking and behaviour towards life-affirming choices.
They offer a unique and effective way for drama and the performing arts to foster social and emotional development.
Connaught School For Girls
London E11 4AB
Telephone: 020 8539 3029
As head of cpshee, the performance and workshops covered a whole range of issues that we needed covering in terms of the curriculum. A great deal of what was mentioned managed to explore the key aspects of sex education and drugs education. The performance also developed into issues around peer pressure, gangs, self-esteem and self image, as well as mental health issues.
Added to this were the workshop and recap sessions which enabled pupils to become part of the learning process. This I feel was a real strength as it helped pupils to feel some interaction and ownership over the direction of their learning. They were able to explore myths about sex and drugs and have any issues clarified. The hot seating was really valuable as other issues such as age and consent became explored, as well as enabling pupils to provide advice to the characters.
Personally I feel its one of the best PSHE programmes I have seen and would recommend this to any school as a whole range of pupils and staff would benefit from the performance and workshops.
Head of cpshee
Connaught school for girls
Constance Bridgeman Centre
DIVERSE VOICES provided a program of workshops for our students here at Constance Bridgeman Centre Redbridge, for 12 weeks. Their focus, which we had previously agreed, was to address relevant issues for 14 – 16 year old students – peer pressure, bullying, lifestyle choices etc. They quickly developed positive relationships with the students and were able to encourage them to engage the in classroom based activities, including role play and discussion. Alex and Dwayne’s confident, upbeat delivery in the classroom was totally appropriate for our student group, and their classroom management skills were excellent. The sessions were fun, relevant and offered students the opportunity to reflect on the issues raised.
This was definitely a beneficial and worthwhile addition to our afternoon curriculum offer, and one that we shall be happy to use again. We also would strongly recommend DIVERSE VOICES to other schools / PRUs.
Constance Bridgeman Centre
Little Heath Barley Lane
Romford Essex RM6 4XT
30th January 2013Dear Dwayne
Diverse Voices have delivered two performances at our Pupil Referral Unit and on both occasions the staff and students gave positive feedback. We found the performances to be very current, relevant and the delivery was pitched perfectly for our cohort. The performers were very skilled in encouraging the students to engage in both the performances and the workshops that followed.
We would happily recommend your organisation to others and look forward to working with you again in the future.Yours Sincerely
Waltham Forest Youth Offending Service
Youth Offending Service, London Borough of Waltham Forest
Rowan House, 1 Cecil Road, Leytonstone, London E11 3HF
Re: Peer Group Work Programme with Diverse Voices
In August 2013, Diverse Voices joined forces with the Youth Offending Service’s Voices in Partnership (VIP) group to plan and deliver peer led group work to young people in the criminal justice system. Over six weeks, Diverse Voices and the VIP formulated an interactive drama and discussion based programme on healthy relationships. This is the first peer led group managed by entirely by young facilitators who had also gone through the criminal justice system and the project proved to be a great success. Dwayne and Alex supported the young people to deliver a ground breaking project which kept a hard to reach group fully engaged in every session which was both fun, challenging and inspiring. Diverse Voices are excellent at working with young people, and are skilled in creating a positive environment where young people can feel safe enough to share their views, have fun and get involved. Young people taking part in the group fed back that they gained confidence, learned from the experiences of other young people and enjoyed the sessions. We look forward to delivering more groups with Diverse Voices in future.
Diverse Voices worked closely with our Year Nine students and delivered an excellent and truly inspiring six week workshop with a final five star performance with the young people of Stoke Newington School.
The students and teachers where blown away when students and Diverse Voices performed a play that they had written about the different scenarios young people are faced with in school, and life. We would definitely welcome them in again.
Bedwell Williams Stoke Newington school Mentor.
Bayram: I feel more confident to perform!
Adassa Scott: I loved the workshop!
Faruk Ojikutu: Diverse Voices sure boosted my confidence. Great People!
Daniel Najafpour: I Would definitely perform again!
DEVELOPING YOUNG POTENTIAL
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
RE: WORKING WITH DIVERSE VOICES
We first met Alex and Dwayne from Diverse Voices in early 2012 and were immediately impressed by their passion and enthusiasm to share their love of drama with young people in an inspiring and motivating way. They came along with 3 others and performed at our Keep the Peace event in Hackney and blew away the audience with their drama performance about the effects of living life in a gang. It was funny and real and everyone was touched.
We invited them in to deliver sessions at our Youth Club on Frampton Park estate and the teenagers absolutely loved them. They were exciting, relevant and managed to engage and keep the attention of all the young people (no easy task). The content of their sessions is relevant and positive and the feedback from the young people was that they wanted them to come back again – soon!
In October, they returned to the youth club and again engaged the group – taking time to ensure that everyone was included and felt special. They played games and got the young people to perform and showed once again that they are great role models.
We would highly recommend Diverse Voices to any group – they are professional, organised and are fantastic at engaging hard to reach young people.