Learning about healthy relationships through drama
In the last few weeks 13 young people at Powerstation Youth Centre in Mortlake have been participating in drama workshops exploring the topic of healthy relationships facilitated by the arts charity Tender.
Through drama, the young people had a safe space to explores sensitive issues around healthy and unhealthy relationships. They got to ‘rehearse’ situations in order to observe the consequences of their choice of action and to ‘step into the shoes’ of other characters and so develop empathy and an understanding of how it feels to be someone else.
The project intended to enable young people to:
- Understand the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Identify the early warning signs of abusive relationships
- Increase their awareness of harmful practices such as FGM, ‘honour’ based violence and forced marriage
- Advocate respect and equality in their peer groups and communities
- Develop the skills to offer appropriate support to their peers and seek support if they need it
- Identify what is appropriate behaviour in a relationship instead of being told what to do or think
The group really enjoyed taking part and feel they have learnt a lot.
“The acting was really fun and we had a laugh, but also it made us think about people we are friends with or go out with, and if they are good for you in the long run.” – Courtnay, 15
Find out more about the activities on offer at Powerstation on AfCinfo, our website for young people and families.