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Express

Young people facing particular challenges in their lives get to express themselves through developing their own creative work.

Through Express Collective Young people to choose an issue and a creative medium in which to explore solutions. DreamArts delivers a tailor-made project to meet their need, empowering them to make positive life choices. Family Express enables parents and children to form stronger relationships. Express 1-2-1 provides individual and parent-child therapeutic arts support for those finding it difficult to manage their thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

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Throughout my time here I learnt how to gain confidence and have more respect for others around me, especially older people."

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Express

Express works with a range of age groups from 8 up to 25 years. Projects take place throughout the year.

Your FAQs

Q.Who gets involved with Express projects?

Our Express Collective projects include work with young people at risk from exclusion or not in education, employment or training (NEET); workshops with families facing difficulties; children living in our most severely deprived communities; young women who might be at risk from sexual exploitation; and those with special needs.

Q.Does Express work with partners?

Yes – partnerships are central to the work of Express. We respect and build on relationships with organisations and keyworkers that children and young people have already identified as safe. This includes Westminster Befriend a Family, Westminster Children and Young People’s Service, and Rainbow Family Centre.

Q.Are all Express projects different?

Each Express project responds to the needs and interests expressed by children and young people, and the agencies they work with. For example, staff at an Alternative Education Provision were concerned about mistrust and friction amongst female pupils, and the pupils themselves wanted to explore friendship. The young women decided they wanted to make a documentary on friendship, producing a 10-minute film where they engaged with each other got involved behind and in front of the camera, sharing their thoughts and feelings.

Q.How does Express fuse creative and therapeutic arts?

Our Programme Director Anne-Marie Reid Cofie is a qualified arts therapist and our Express team are trained to use the PACE approach which means being Playful, Accepting, Curious and Empathetic. We take into account not only the chronological age of participants, but more importantly their developmental and relational needs. Through creative activities participants can explore making better life-choices, get to articulate their feelings, build their confidence and self-esteem, and develop positive relationships.

Q.Can my organisation work with Express?

We are always open to building new partnerships, and value sharing expertise and resources to support children and young people in need. To find out more go to our partners page.

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Anne-Marie Reid Cofie

Contact Anne-Marie Reid-Cofie our Programme Director for more details.

Email: annemarie@dreamarts.org.uk

Call: 020 3176 6766 / 07984 463 405

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