We offer a range of training and consultancy services including:

Volunteer training

We provide a range of opportunities for volunteers to develop their skills in arts leadership. Our current project The Feel Good Factor has two volunteer strands - Volunteer Arts Event Coordinator roles and a Volunteer Arts Leaders Training course planned for autumn 2016. See project page for details

Our 2014 Volunteer Dance Leader Training (72 hour course) supported 12 volunteers to plan, deliver and evaluate dance activities in the community. Two volunteers progressed into trainee roles with our company, an additional three entered employment in related fields, one engaged in MA training in Dance Movement Therapy and four new dance groups were sustained after the end of the project.

"The course has helped me reconnect with the ambitious part of myself. I have just got a new job and I used language and knowledge gained through the course in my application and interview"

View Our Feel Good Factor Project

Training & consultancy

Dance Practitioner Training

We run occasional courses to support practitioners to develop specific skills in our dance and wellbeing specialisms working with adults with mental health issues and families with young children. Details of upcoming courses can be found on our Whats On Page

We have a strong practitioner training track record delivering courses and sessions for organisations including South East Dance, Kent County Council, Dance Up (Hampshire) and Take Art. We also offer a small number of paid trainee roles on our projects for dance graduates with lived experience of mental health issues.

Health, Education and Social Care Practitioner Training

  • We offer in house training and courses to equip service providers to introduce creative dance and movement activities into their setting. Please get in touch for details and prices.
  • We will be running a course for people who work in Mental Health settings in June 2016 - see our Whats On Page for details.
  • Previous offers include INSET training for teachers, chair based dance sessions for staff in older people's settings and training youth workers.

Mental Health Access and Inclusion for Arts Organisations

As part of her I am Joan regional tour, Viv Gordon is piloting mental health awareness training and bespoke support to work with venues and arts providers to improve access and inclusion for staff, artists and audiences with mental health needs. Venues are working in different ways - some are focusing on audience development activity and outreach projects, others are hosting arts and mental health events or facilitated conversations with young producers.

Project Design and Development

We have over ten years experience of designing arts projects to address specific needs and issues with a specialism in arts and health projects. Viv worked with Kent Count Council and South East Dance in 2014 to develop their Move Towards Health programme. We worked with Somerset Community Learning Partnerships to promote Restorative Justice approaches in schools between 2009-13, creating performances and workshops that reached 9000 children and young people.

If you would like to explore a creative approach to tackling a social issue or engaging new people in dance and physical activity please get in touch to discuss your needs.

Training & consultancy