Shaw Educational Trust:
Training sessions commenced at Shaw Educational Trust, New Fires College in the Autumn of 2021. The first three sessions took place over zoom due to Covid restrictions. In January 2022, we were able to move to face-to-face sessions. Still in progress.
The Friendship Circle, Manchester:
We were delighted to confirm our formal partnership with the Friendship Circle in the Autumn of 2021. Based in Manchester, the Friendship Circle is a hugely impactful charity who work to enrich the lives of children and adults with disabilities by providing a wide range of fully integrated social and recreational opportunities.
Sue Goldman and Simon Lakmaker are working together on this project. In January 2022, two mentor training evenings took place with six Friendship Circle volunteers who had agreed to take on the role of mentors. Part One of the Speaking Out Forum Public Speaking course started in February, with a group of eleven mentees and has so far been very well received with both mentors and mentees alike. Still in progress.
The Speaking Out Forum and the Shaftesbury Enterprise, Harrow School have been working in collaboration for 3 years. Tim Dalton, Director of the Shaftesbury Enterprise, and Adam Cross, the Director of Drama have both been incredibly supportive alongside the Harrow boys who have volunteered in this very successful partnership.Having built a firm relationship, we are now able to use their school logo and Adam Cross is now a signatory on our certificates.Harrow School have hosted two events to celebrate the achievements of the participants so far, giving mentors and many guests the opportunity to come together to celebrate the achievements of our young people.