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Local unemployed people 'find their voice' as workshop returns to East Riding Theatre for a second time

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East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Employment, Education and Skills Team has again joined up with East Riding Theatre's artist in residence – She Productions – to deliver an innovative training course for local unemployed people.

The Finding Your Voice programme is designed to build confidence, communication, social and creative skills for local unemployed people. It's a three-week programme of activities that culminates in an informal 'performance' to an audience of family and friends at East Riding Theatre.

The drama-based workshops were developed by She Productions over the past three years to help to develop people's communication, confidence and social skills. The council's employment, education and skills team were looking to work with a local partner and develop an innovative approach to employability training and helping local residents to move on in life and work.

Annie Kirkman, from She Productions, said: "Here at She we believe that drama is not just about 'being an actor', the exercises we use within our outreach programmes are designed to develop life skills by building trust, challenging social expectations and commending courage. We are constantly adapting our workshops to who we are working with and this particular group has inspired us to not only think about 'finding your voice' but 'finding you', through whatever form of expression you choose."

Jackie Langley, external funding and development manager at the council, said: "We are always looking at creative ways that we can help our clients in the East Riding to overcome barriers to moving on in life and work. We believe that working in partnership and offering creative subjects, like drama, help people to get out of their comfort zone and try something new. We often see clients with pretty emotional stories and backgrounds exhilarated after taking part in these workshops – people with a renewed sense of purpose and a much more positive outlook for what lies ahead."

The council delivers a wide range of specialist employment, education and skills support for residents of the East Riding. Support is not just designed to help people find work, but to help them to move on in life and make their future brighter in the long term.

Support is delivered from a variety of locations including the four adult learning centres in the East Riding at Beverley, Bridlington, Cottingham and Goole.

For more information about what support is available, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/learn or call the Beverley Adult Learning Centre on (01482) 887670.

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Clients of the council's employment, education and skills service following their recent 'Finding Your Voice' performances at East Riding Theatre.