Alchemy Arts is a media and arts organisation that specialises in using drama and other art forms to create space for seldom heard voices. We specialise in delivering services within local communities helping to build skills, friendships and an environment for individuals to thrive.
Our sessions are creative, interactive and are influenced by the teachings of Augusto Boal and Paulo Freire, focussing on liberation, empowerment and anti oppressive practice. We work creatively to develop positive communication skills and explore issues around self-respect. Sessions actively promote self-awareness, self-confidence and participation.
Alchemy Arts also specialises in working with young Muslims, exploring identity, culture, politics of difference within communities and promoting community cohesion. In addition to Drama, Alchemy Arts also offers Dance, Media and Music sessions to engage participants enabling them to make positive transformational change. Alchemy Arts recognises that not all groups are the same. We work flexibly and ensure that sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the groups involved.
Monday - 10am - 1pm – Get Me Work Ready
BME NEET Community Ages 16 – 25
Education, Employment & Training - 8 week program building the skills needed to empower individuals to become economically independent.
Our project Workshops will incorporate,
- Aspirations – Vision, Skills Set, Career Planning – Self Discovery
- Writing A Good CV & Applying for Work
- Presentation Skills, Confidence & Resilience
- Interview Techniques - Role Play
- Dress Code
- Negotiation Skills
- Time Keeping, Communication Skills, Team Work
- Budgeting – Financial Management
Tuesday - 10am - 1pm - Dementia Awareness
BME Elderly Community & Carers
Our Five Key "My Memory Cloud" Outcomes
- Challenging Negative Stereotypes of Dementia, Attitudes & Behaviours.
- Supporting people living with Dementia to maintain their independence for as long as possible.
- Raising awareness of Dementia in the BME Community.
- Create a safe space living with Dementia, their friends & carers to increase empathy, understanding& communication.
- Develop a Resource Pack for BME Communities in their own community languages.
Wednesday - 10am - 1pm - Music & Mindfulness/Alchemy Community Radio/Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodys
BME Community Ages 16 – 25
Weekly radio material created by local residents in an improvised way on a specific subject that is uploaded each week maximum 5 mins edited music added with a vision of making their own community drama. This wil also act as a vehicle to inform and promote local community, council events, suport local businesses and local groups. Building support for Black and Minority who have been effected by mental health conditions providing support and guidence to look at alterative methods to dealing with Mental Health.
Her Say Project - - 1pm - 3pm
Female Counselling, Advice Support & Guidence Especially for South Asian Women, Islamic Counselling
Thursday - 10am - 1pm - All Equal All Different
Exploring Identity,citizenship & belonging, empowerment, building resilience, self-esteem, self-worth & Confidence, tackling hate crime against all discriminated groups and the reporting of crime against religion, disability, sexuality and race
Friday - 6pm - 9pm - Friday Night Film Project: Be Who You Want To Be
Boost - Confidence, Self Esteem & Assertiveness
An Innovative Film/Media Project For 11-25 Year Olds That Allows Young People To Create A Product From What Effects Them In Society And Life
- Short Film
- Resource Pack
- Online Product (Themed Episodes)
Masculinity Project - What is A Man? With the use of Critical Dialogue and Forum Theatre, explore with participants the concept of ‘Male Identity’, masculinity and the role of a man, and see whether their views, opinions and interpretations differ from those of the previous generation.
To look at the term ‘Male’ historically and explore the concept of ‘The Modern Man’ Create space for participants to discuss critically issues relating to the topic and in doing so enable them to become more aware of the factors influencing their construct on the concept of ‘Man’. The project will cover topics ranging from Relationships, Men in popular culture Mental Health to Domestic Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation. The project will challenge ideas, foster debate and encourage participants to develop skills in critical discourse and rational thinking. We aim to work with participants in facilitating a short drama piece which will reflect their learning