Young People and Arts in Criminal Justice

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Friday 3 December 2021
10am – 1pm
Delivered by Glass Performance and YDance

This three-hour session will focus on improving community artists’ knowledge and understanding about working with young people in a prison or secure unit context. It will cover the importance of partnership working, behaviour and environmental challenges, achieving successful outputs and will provide practical creative tasks from a theatre and dance perspective.

About the trainers
Jess Thorpe is Co-Artistic Director of Glass Performance and Lecturer in the Arts in Justice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is a founder and trustee of Justice and Arts Scotland (formally SPAN), an organisation dedicated to developing creative work in Scottish prisons and post-release. Outside of her work in the justice sector, Jess is currently Associate Director at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre.

Kelly Shearer has worked in the Scottish dance sector for over 17 years in a variety of roles and contexts and has worked for YDance for 13 of those.  As Head of Participation at YDance, her main responsibilities are developing and delivering projects in community settings in partnership with a range of organisations.  Kelly has created and delivered a variety of projects in HMYOI Polmont and in secure/safe centres across Scotland. These programmes use dance as a tool to engage young people, improve their confidence and well-being, explore their creativity, and support them to attain awards and qualifications.

Book Now
Booking deadline Wednesday 1st December

Who are these events for?
These free events are open to individuals and organisations working within the Scottish Youth Arts Sector.

System requirements for attendees
The sessions will be delivered via Zoom. You can attend this training from anywhere using a compatible computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone connected to the internet.


Due to anticipated demand, we would kindly ask you to cancel your place should you no longer be able to attend. If you want to send a colleague in your place, please still cancel your place and ask the colleague to place a separate booking order. If you have any issues with a cancellation or booking, please contact us.

Terms and Conditions
Recording and /or distributing the webinar in any form is prohibited. Your personal details may be shared with the trainer for the purposes of the training course. These details will be deleted once the session has taken place.

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YDance’s Youth Arts Sector Training Programme is funded by the Scottish Government’s Youth Arts Fund through Creative Scotland with support from the Youth Music Initiative and Time to Shine. The Youth Arts Fund ensures creative opportunities for children and young people continue to exist across Scotland despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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