MANDEM, LETS TALK
Often young boys struggle to open up about their feelings at fear of being seen as soft among their peers, which can lead to complications with mental illness later in life and its no coincidence that men are three times more likely to commit suicide than women in the UK and worryingly, the rates of suicide among under 25 year olds increased by 23.7% in the UK in 2018. (source, www.Samaritans.org) The Mandem, Lets Talk programme is tailored to help young boys express themselves through poetry, gain a better understanding of mental health and to boost their self-esteem to help them feel comfortable in their own skin. The programme begins with a performance of poetry and a Q&A by our facilitators to a large group of young boys (usually a year group or multiple year groups in a hall) to introduce the programme to them. After the introduction, the following sessions will be delivered with small groups (maximum 15 boys) per session to focus on each individual reaching their goals. The culmination of the programme will see each student perform a poem on mental health.
Demographic: Boys 10-25 years old
POETRY IN MOTION
Young people are encouraged to do at least 60 mins of exercise a day but a study by The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health (source, claims that four in five young people aged 11-17 are not doing enough exercise. One of the issues is that young people are not enjoying exercise, Poetry In Motion is tailored to make exercise fun and engaging. This programme encourages young people to say poetic affirmations while they workout, to get the best results physically and mentally. Our trainers help young people enjoy exercise while building their confidence, self-esteem and encouraging the students to say positive things about themselves, as too often young people are quick to put themselves down. Exercises include Jumping Jacks, Tug of War, Relay Race and many more. On this programme we work with a group of up to 30 young people at a time. The culmination of the programme will see
each young person compare their results from the beginning of the programme till the end and do a physical test.
Demographic: Boys & Girls 5-25 years old
Bookings: to enquire about this programme, email: with the title ‘Poetry In Motion.’
MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS
According to Children’s Society, 10% of children and young people aged 5-16 years old have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently young age. (source, www.MentalHealth.org.uk) The Mental Health Matters programme educates young people on what mental health is, creates a safe environment to open a discussion on the topic and provides young people with the skills to express themselves through writing. The two main topics we discuss on this programme are Anxiety and Depression, as these are common issues young people face daily but find difficult to speak about. We have found poetry to be a powerful tool of expression and on this program young people will be taught how to write and express themselves openly through spoken word. Our facilitators will become mentors to the young people and support their needs throughout the sessions. On this programme we work with 10-15 young people per session to focus on each individual. The culmination of the programme will see each student perform a poem on mental health to their school and to get their poetry published on our website.
Demographic: Boys & Girls 10-25 years old
Bookings: to enquire about this programme, email: with the title ‘Mental Health Matters.’
MORE THAN SHAKESPEARE
William Shakespeare, one of the most talented and famous poets and playwrights of all time, remarkably still inspires people with his work to this day. Shakespeare’s work is important and is taught in schools across the UK, with that being said we have been providing workshops at schools since 2015 and have noticed that an important form of poetry is rarely taught at schools and that is ‘Spoken Word’. This art form is focused on performance and is a segue between Poetry and Rap. This art form is easier for young people to digest than conventional poetry because of the language and is more relatable as they have poets that look like and speak like them delivering it. Poetry is More Than Shakespeare and the young people who take part in this programme will certainly benefit from learning how to write and perform spoken word. This program will also boost the confidence and self-esteem of young people. Our facilitators will work with a group of up to 30 students per session. The culmination of
the programme will see each student perform poetry to their school.
Demographic: Boys & Girls 5-25 years old
Bookings: to enquire about this programme, email: with the title ‘More Than Shakespeare.’