South Tyneside Programme

The South Tyneside Programme is funded by South Tyneside Council and will run until March 2020.

Blue Cabin are:

  • Chairing the Multi Agency Looked After Partnership Art and Leisure Sub Group

  • Working in Partnership with Child Trauma Intervention Services and South Tyneside Council to develop an innovative Creative Life Story Work approach (see below for more information)

  • Working in partnership with Customs House and The Word to deliver an Arts Award programme for care experienced children and the adults in their lives.

    Project Partners: South Tyneside Council, Child Trauma Intervention Services, Supanaught, and Associate Artists Curious Monkey, Theatre MeeMee, Nicola Golightly, Elena Miller, Seatern.

Life Story Work is a collection of relationships and behaviours that can provide children separated from their birth families the opportunity to know about their past in a way that is meaningful to them in the present. All local authorities are obliged to undertake Life Story Work with children and young people in their care but can find this process very challenging. Our Creative Life Story Work model is facilitated by highly trained artists, who offer a series of creative experiences for the care experienced children and young people (CECYP) and their key adult covering themes such as who am I?, how do I feel?, where do I live and why do I live there?, what do I want for my future? This work is underpinned by Life Story Work policies and implementation plans for the local authorities and a design process (informed by children and young people in care and a design control group of representatives from across the council) resulting in the creation of an online toolkit to support staff members undertaking this work.

If you are interested in learning more about this programme, or would like to partner with us on a similar approach, we would love to hear from you.