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UPLIFT: Behind the scenes

Updated: Feb 8, 2023

For the final blog, we wanted to show you a little behind the scenes of UPLIFT, celebrate our fab team and the fantastic achievements of the wonderful young people who took part in this project.

 

For an audio version of this blog, please click this Soundcloud link:





 

During the project, we documented our session plans, post-session reflections and things to do - all in one handy document. (thanks to Maeve Morgan!) We also added comments made by the young people during sessions.



 

As well as being reactive from week to week responding to the interests of the young people, we also asked a few questions at the mid-point of the project:


A document with responses from young people regarding the project. Questions asked: What 3 words would you use to describe your experience of the project so far?' Some responses were fun, exciting, interesting, cool.
A screenshot of the 'young people feedback document'

 

We used Slack to share any videos, audio and pictures that were taken during sessions and document the progress of the young people amongst the team. This platform helped us compile the digital scrapbook (Keep scrolling down to see the digital scrapbook itself!)

A screenshot of the platform Slack showing pictures of young people exploring different emotions with different types of camera shot.
A screenshot of the platform Slack showing pictures of young people exploring different emotions with different types of camera shots.

A screenshot of the platform Slack showing the young people's drawings and designs. There is an earth, a Jiggypuff from Pokemon and various other designs.
A screenshot of the platform Slack showing the young people's drawings and designs.

 

We also shared our favourite media content on social media. We used this to share best practice and update people on the latest happenings in UPLIFT.

Here you can see two examples of our Twitter posts:


A Twitter post showing one of the young people lying down in the sunshine smiling. The post reads 'It's looking like a lovely day for another UPLIFT session with our people in Nottingham! What have you got planned for your Friday? Let us know!'
One of our Twitter posts featuring a young person from one of the groups.

A Twitter post showing some young people working on their short films with Omar.
Another Twitter post showing Omar working with the young people.

 

We gifted a 35-page accessible Digital Scrapbook & Exercise Pack to the young people who took part and Tu Vida, our project partner. This was our way of celebrating our 8-week program of Drama Workshops. (Thank you to Tu Vida's incredible Support Worker, Coral Hotchkiss who made this project possible!)


You can see an extract of the digital scrapbook here:



The extract can be downloaded here:


UPLIFT Scrapbook Final with links
.pdf
Download PDF • 18.61MB

 

Within our final Project Celebration session, where we shared the Digital Scrapbook with the young people and their families we asked for their feedback:


Here is a short video of some young people answering some questions about the UPLIFT project:



 

We also asked the adults who support the young people for feedback:

A feedback slip from an adult
A feedback slip from an adult

 

We are so proud of the achievements of all of the young people involved in UPLIFT!


A picture of some young people holding up certificates celebrating their achievements. Evie and Sarah are smiling and giving a thumbs up.
A picture of some young people holding up certificates celebrating their achievements. Evie and Sarah are smiling and giving a thumbs up.

And we're incredibly proud of the work we have achieved as Mind Out Theatre.


Evie has brown curly hair and red glasses. Sarah has brown shoulder length hair and glasses. Joe has short brown hair and glasses. Omar has short dark hair and glasses.

Left to right: o Evie Osbon o Sarah Hailstones o Joe Strickland o Omar Khan


Phoebe has brown curly hair and large hoop earrings. Maeve has large curly red hair. Victoria has brown hair with blonde streaks.

Left to right: o Phoebe Wall-Palmer o Maeve Morgan

o Victoria Firth


Check out our dedicated UPLIFT page to find out more about the team behind UPLIFT.

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