PLURAL THEATRE PARTNERSHIP
Social Care Solutions is partnering with Plural Theatre to offer inclusive theatre workshops to the young people we support. Currently operating on a project-by-project basis, Plural Theatre brings together children and young people with and without disabilities, from a range of educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds to share in the experience of creating theatre. Plural Theatre’s goal is to actively enable ALL young people to access and participate fully in the creative experience, whilst making new friends, learning about themselves and each other, and having fun!
The company uses a model of inclusive theatre practice inspired by Angel Shed Theatre Company in London – part of a network of ‘sheds’ originally set up by pioneering inclusive theatre company Chickenshed. Trained staff and volunteer drama practitioners work alongside the young people providing encouragement and support and enabling each and every child to contribute, create and grow in a safe and positive environment. For more information visit www.pluraltheatre.com.
Lucy Lott – Inclusive Drama Practitioner and Director – Plural Theatre BA (Drama) and MA (Scriptwriting)
Lucy Lott set up Plural Theatre in 2013, after receiving funding from Wesley Mission Brisbane to establish an inclusive theatre company for children and young people. A finalist in the Campaign for Change initiative, this initial funding enabled Lucy to run a pilot project with Aspley Special School.
Originally from the UK, Lucy’s introduction to inclusive drama practice began as a volunteer and scriptwriter working for Angel Shed Theatre Company in Islington, London. Outside of Angel Shed, Lucy’s workshop facilitation experience includes a refugee arts project with London-based Pan Intercultural Arts, puppet-making with young people at Little Angel puppet theatre, and a three-month placement with Darpana Academy in India documenting the Vidya project, which used Forum Theatre to inspire and empower disadvantaged females living in slums in Ahmedabad.
Lucy has a first class Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama from the University of East Anglia, a Master of Arts in Scriptwriting (Distinction) from Bath Spa University, and is currently undertaking an ‘Inclusivity in Performing Arts’ course with Chickenshed.
Australian Development Agency for Statistics and Information Systems (ADASIS) PARTNERSHIP
Working in collaboration with ADASIS in 2015, Social Care Solutions won the tender to complete the Establishment Review and Evaluation for the Department of Communities’ new programs – Family and Child Connect (the Community Based Intake and Referral Services) and the Intensive Family Support programs, being rolled out across South East Queensland.
SCS is pleased to be partnering again with ADASIS to deliver the Intensive Early Childhood Development (IECD) Support Project. The IECD Project is an opportunity to trial and evaluate a range of intensive early childhood development and parent-child relationship interventions with families experiencing significant vulnerability, due to their complex needs or multiple areas of difficulties. As a cross-government collaboration between the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS); the IECD trials are being implemented across Queensland, by a range of NGOs. SCS is taking part in assessing the effectiveness of the programs, with a particular focus being on outcomes associated with the learning, social and emotional development of children.