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A CALL TO EDUCATORS---Exploring what it means to 'be a man' in 2017

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Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre

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We will be exploring what it means for young men to 'be a man' in 2017. What does it mean to be a young man? How is a man supposed to act? Do these expectations matter for young men's lives? Do these expectations/pressures/beliefs impact on self confidence, mental health, friendship, risky behaviours and bullying and violence?

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The first FreeUP-Living Respectfully national introduction conference will take place on the 6th December 2017. Attendees of the event will:

  • Gain insight: As well as fascinating insights from our speakers , we provide current statistics and information on the scale and far reaching impact of entrenched gender roles for young men - and how educators can positively impact this
  • Learn how to help: We will share the structure, content, cost and training schedule of our 8 week educational programme- FreeUp-Living Respectfully so decision makers have the information needed to allocate a training budget for a training which is CPD accredited and a programme which positively impacts young men and women for the long term
  • Hear from a previous student and coach: A previous student and trained coach will share their stories to provide the ‘lived experience’ of the impact of the training and the programme.

Speakers:

Keynote: Chris Hemmings, critically acclaimed journalist and author of "Be A Man-How macho culture damages us and how to escape it" will provide his stunning insights and highly topical, life experiences .

Gary Timlin: Qualified Youth and Community worker, Targeted Support for Young People, Warwickshire County Council.

Gary has supported young people in many settings including detached street based youth work, open access centre based, gender based group work, 121 support in schools. Gary has also led on a homeless young peoples project and supported lone asylum seeking young people. Gary is currently a WCC champion in the domestic violence centre of excellence and a community activist. gary is a trained FreeUP-Living Respectfully coach.

Simon Winterton: Artistic Director, Sudden Impulse Theatre Company

After a career in business Simon went to train at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and then a post graduate course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. Sudden Impulse was formed in 2004 producing theatre at a local level. Since then the group has developed to include the Sudden Impulse Theatre Academy, Theatre in Education and the professional arm of the theatre company. The group performs an annual summer Shakespeare tour and regularly perform at festivals across the country including Buxton and Edinburgh where they have picked up a number of awards and nominations

Simon has taught drama from Key Stage 1 right through to degree level. Working and nurturing new young talent is especially important and Sudden Impulse is committed to creating inspiration, aspiration and new chances for young people through its education programme. In directing Simon has considerable experience from directing classical, contemporary and developing new writing. Directing credits include: The Accrington Pals, Equus, Punk Rock, Trainspotting, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Private Peaceful, Posh, Twelfth Night.

Inspired by the work of Sam Bates with A Call to Men UK, Simon has committed the company to work on this project as an important part of the Theatre in Education output.

Sam Bates: As a 17 year old Sam was referred onto the FreeUP-Living Respectfully Programme through Warwickshire Youth Justice Service. Inspired by the messages of A CALL TO MEN uk, Sam, now 20 years old, is passionate about reaching out to as many young people as possible and is currently co -writing a script on masculinites with Sudden Impulse Theatre Company. As Co-director of the theatre piece Sam hopes to take the performance to schools and other settings and A CALL TO MEN uk's National and Regional Conferences. .

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The conference is open to all professionals working with children and young people in the public and voluntary sectors.

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Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre is now the South West Hub for the FreeUP-Living Respectfully Training Series. Alan Johnson, Principal, Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre says:

"One of the challenges that we face in education is how best to combat the many harmful cultural and social expectations that are played out in our schools and communities. I believe that as educators we have a responsibility to ensure that we provide a healthy alternative to some of the ideas that are taught to young men, sometimes unconsciously, and often reinforced by society. In doing so we can fundamentally shift attitudes and behaviours that will prevent violence and discrimination against women and other marginalized groups.

By ensuring that staff are skilled in recognising the language of coercive control and are actively promoting healthy, respectful relationships we will decrease the language and actions that degrade women, girls and other marginalized groups; challenge harmful cultural and social norms; and decrease instances of bullying and homophobia"



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