gamechanger.org.uk

KNIFE CRIME IMPACT

Interactive drama-based workshop

Gamechanger programmes are formulated to educate and raise awareness about the risks and impacts of social issues, including knife crime. They offer a unique combination of activities born from a blended-learning approach based on ‘outside of the classroom’ principals. In this case, the programme includes a piece of scripted drama, ‘making meaning’ workshop for context, and facilitator-led challenges/activities designed to improve resilience and community involvement. 

Advantages of the blended-learning approach: 

  • Provides a range of strategies and a supportive framework through which to manage and navigate some of the most serious social issues facing young people in the UK today. 
  • Interactive resources and physical challenges foster the emotional resilience needed to make meaning and aid positive decision-making. 
  • Gamechanger programmes are informed by a robust theory of change model and are supported by a specific social impact framework, so that behaviour change can be recognised and evidenced. We have a proven track record of impact, including qualitative and quantitative evidence. We monitor and evaluate throughout each delivery stage. Evidence of impact has been overwhelmingly positive.

Live Drama

Immersive drama-based training doesn’t get better than this. Follow our professional actors and facilitators as they stage a live theatre in education performance of Gamechanger’s Knife Crime Impact programme. 

This is a gritty live theatre show that focuses on Knife Crime and its impact on individuals and communities. Audience members will meet characters Jake, Jade and Tommy who take us through their story. 

Making Meaning

The drama performance leads on to an interactive ‘Making Meaning’ workshop – a deep dive into the characters’ motives and behaviours.

We use recognised strategies to inform young people of the dangers of being involved in knife crime, including ‘Role on the Wall’ and ‘Hot Seating.’

‘Role on the Wall’ allows exploration of the emotions/characteristics and behaviours/actions of each character in the drama piece.

Hot Seating is another incredibly powerful construct that allows young people to ask considered questions directly to the characters who remain in role.

Gamechanger Challenges

The final part of the session is the Gamechanger Challenges.

Skillfully facilitated, experiential learning challenges use a range of proven resources and activities for group cohesion and resilience. Gamechanger Challenges are designed to support young people to consider risk and make informed decisions.

These approaches have been successfully used to affect behaviour change and increase understanding for more than 15 years. Through Gamechanger Challenges, young people learn to identify problems and seek solutions, recognising the behaviours and approaches required.

Meet Gamechanger’s Partnerships and Business Development Executive, Juliet Chappell.

Juliet is a trained facilitator with over 10 years of experience in Theatre in Education (actor, writer workshop leader and director). She has a BA Hons in Modern History from the University of Oxford and a BA Hons in Acting from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. She is a qualified TEFL teacher and spent many years working across mainland Europe with a number of English language theatre companies and education providers. Juliet has also worked within the UK as an actor on stage and screen.

Juliet joined Gamechanger at the start of 2024, in a change of role from her career in the NHS. She is looking forward to focusing on business development and partnerships, with the hope of expanding the national provision of Gamechanger’s Impact and Intervention products. She is excited to see the portfolio evolve and is proud to be involved in the company’s mission to reach many vulnerable young people at risk of Child Criminal Exploitation and other major social issues.

Away from work, Juliet enjoys exploring the coast and moorland of her home county of Devon. Aside from hiking and sea swimming, she is interested in travelling, languages, theatre, current affairs and food (cooking and eating!)

Meet Gamechanger’s strategy and financial planning expert Richard Adam.

Richard’s role is to provide financial oversight and strategic support for Gamechanger. 

Richard is a qualified accountant and experienced Director with a background in manufacturing and digital businesses, including shared immersive spaces for education and simulated training environments. Richard is supporting the team with financial and strategic enterprise planning, providing a robust framework and development pathway underpinning the consistent and highest standards of service delivery and client satisfaction now and in the future.