Speak Up

Come and join us for a series of in-person sessions with professional local artists exploring what it means to be a young man today, and how this affects us and our mental health. Talk and be listened to, build some new connections, and make a brand new VR experience. 

Who is it for?

The Speak Up! sessions are for young Black and South Asian males aged 14-21 and up to 25 years old for young men with SEND, who are having a bit of a difficult time with mental health. Especially after COVID, we’re all feeling it, and we’re here for you.

If you would like to know more about Speak Up! get in touch with Robin at robin@greenshoesarts.com.

What will it be?

We will use music, dance, drama and spoken word to explore what mental health means to you as we make a brand new VR world!

Why are we looking at mental health?

Everyone has mental & physical health, sometimes we’ve broken our arm, sometimes we’re feeling a bit blue. Working with artists with lived experiences of mental health challenges, the Speak Up! programme will give some tools to support you with your wellbeing.

What is the aim of the programme?

To give young Black and South Asian men tools of dealing with their mental health creatively.

Speak Up! Create

February Weeklong Intensive

Join us for our weeklong workshops where we will be hands creating your virtual reality space – And yes, there will be BeatSaber!

Working with the award-winning Megaverse, we will unpick what it means to be a young man in Barking & Dagenham.

When: 25th – 29th October, 10am-4pm
Where: Chadwell Heath Community Centre
How much: FREE (and £50 gift voucher for taking part in the full week)

LIMITED SPACE for only 8 participants!

Speak Up! Schools

Autumn Schools Workshops

We’re working with 3 schools in Barking & Dagenham to bring exclusive workshops for up to 36 young people. Across 6 weekly in person workshops, participants will get the chance to have their say and see what it takes to make work together. 

If you or your school are interested to find out more through our Education Pack get in touch with robin@greenshoesarts.com.

Spring Schools Workshops

Following our 6 week workshop series in the Autumn, we want to give young people a voice and confidence to share their work. We’ll be working across 3 schools in Barking & Dagenham to bring exclusive peer-led workshops for up to 180 young people. Across 3 weeks of in person workshops, students will guide other students in VR experiences, and will also guide conversations on mental health and support.

If you or your school are interested to find out more through our Education Pack get in touch with robin@greenshoesarts.com

Supported by

Speak Up! is supported with funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, distributed by City Bridge Trust through the London Community Response Fund, public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and London Borough of Barking & Dagenham’s Becontree 100.

Thanks to National Lottery players for making this possible.