Performing Arts’ Workshops for Children (6–11)

Cause YOU Can’s pro­grammes build con­fi­dence, skills, char­ac­ter and resilience. Series of work­shops cul­mi­nate in pub­lic events where chil­dren per­form live acts that they have designed and co-pro­duced. This unique form and lev­el of cre­ative empow­er­ment boosts emo­tion­al intel­li­gence, lead­er­ship and team­work­ing skills.

Per­form­ing arts are the tools we use to teach those skills and facil­i­tate active learn­ing. We use fun and inclu­sive meth­ods to meet the chil­dren’s diverse needs and inter­ests. Each two hour ses­sion includes team build­ing and phys­i­cal activ­i­ties, cre­ative writ­ing, dis­cus­sions, and per­form­ing arts-based train­ing or rehearsals towards the final show.

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We’ve learnt a new song! I’m so excit­ed about the show!” Matil­da, 7

Social and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills surge through active team­work and pub­lic speak­ing. Writ­ing lines, poems, sto­ries and nar­ra­tives has a notice­able impact on lit­er­a­cy skills. The cre­ative process also allows the chil­dren to explore their own chal­lenges; grow­ing up in a big city, try­ing to ‘fit in’ at school, bul­ly­ing… in a safe, sup­port­ive envi­ron­ment.

I like it because we learn to lis­ten to each oth­er and to work togeth­er.” Freya, 8

The way they over­come such chal­lenges is often the mes­sage that they want to share. Suc­cess sto­ries that are brought to the stage reveal strength, humour and resilience. Live shows are oppor­tu­ni­ties for them to cel­e­brate their achieve­ments and to receive pos­i­tive feed­back from the audi­ence. All chil­dren can see that they, too, can suc­ceed!

Filmmaking Courses for Young People (12–25)

Cause YOU Can deliv­ers Film­mak­ing cours­es for young peo­ple in local cin­e­mas. We improve their employ­a­bil­i­ty by teach­ing media, busi­ness and tech­ni­cal skills. We devel­op local part­ner­ships to increase their involve­ment in the com­mu­ni­ty.

Film­mak­ing is a pow­er­ful medi­um that can empow­er, reach out and raise aware­ness. Stu­dents learn to speak out, write scripts, con­duct inter­views, plan and shoot scenes in var­ied loca­tions and do the edit­ing in a pro­fes­sion­al stu­dio (e.g. Tel­lyjuice, Old Street).  They make friends, dis­cuss ideas, have fun and tack­le prac­ti­cal chal­lenges as a team. Togeth­er, they cre­ate and co-pro­duce inspir­ing films, screened at our pub­lic events.

It was a very fun and insight­ful course. I gained a lot of skills that can be trans­ferred to oth­er things. I was quite shy, but the course has helped me to over­come it.” Ian, 15

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Cause YOU Can’s great team won a Cool It Vision inter­na­tion­al Film Award in 2014! Their short film was screened at the Bar­bi­can, where stu­dents col­lect­ed their award. The Ritzy Cin­e­ma host­ed the 12 week course, fol­lowed by a busy pub­lic screen­ing.

Real­ly good, ener­gis­ing and refresh­ing course! I loved learn­ing to use a pro­fes­sion­al cam­era and I enjoyed the final screen­ing. A good intro­duc­tion to my life…” Andre, 24

image(1)Film-making Workshop at the Ritzy Cinema

Reg­is­tra­tion: pri­or­i­ty giv­en to young peo­ple who are Not in Employ­ment, Edu­ca­tion or Train­ing (NEET). Those who strug­gle to achieve in edu­ca­tion or are on a low income are wel­come too. The more mature stu­dents pro­vide peer sup­port for the youngest ones.