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CHILDREN who have lived with domestic abuse are among those who have shared their powerful testimonies in a new book of stories, designed to help other youngsters recognise toxic relationships and seek help. 

The children, aged 11 to 14, attended sessions led by Creative Youth Opportunities, in Seaham, where they helped write six fictional stories for Sometimes It Hurts, where some of them drew on their experiences of domestic abuse,... read more

Domestic abuse is everyone’s business – which is why workplaces should do more

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Recruiting freelance trainers!

Arts education & training company Changing Relations C.I.C. is growing!

We are building a team of freelance trainers who can deliver our bespoke professional training, initially focusing on domestic abuse, but in time, encompassing additional themes under our overarching focus of gender equality, gender norms and healthy relationships.

Our training package will be delivered to a range of professionals across the North East, from those in health, to the police, teachers, community facilitators, social housing and those within the legal profession.

You can expect to receive £150 for delivery of a 4.5 hour training session. We expect demand for our training to build from monthly to weekly bookings as we grow in capacity.

We are looking for confident, dynamic individuals with an interest in our organisational values.

Essential characteristics:

Able to challenge thinking in a constructive manner

A sense of humour in responding to training participants

A minimum of 3 years experience of teaching/training/facilitation

Able to demonstrate your experience of creating, planning & organising learning content

Desirable characteristics:

Experience working with young people and adults

A teaching qualification

Is this you?

Email Managing Director Lisa C Davis by 12pm, Friday 30th November with your CV & a covering letter, explaining why you would be interested in joining our team and how the skills and experience you bring fit our brief.

You do not have to be an artist to apply, but there may be further opportunities to engage in arts-based delivery with schools and community groups, leading art-making processes around the themes of our projects. If this additional dimension interests you, do please let us know in your application.

Feel free to get in touch beforehand if you have any questions about the role: [email protected]

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Take a seat on Management Board of growing arts education company!

Changing Relations C.I.C. is an arts-based education & training company that provokes thinking around gender norms, gender equality & healthy relationships, using the arts & creative methods as the foundation of the educational & training resources we produce.

We’re looking to expand our Board to support us extend our social impact & achieve financial sustainability.

We will recruit at least 3 new Board members & are interested in candidates with skills in at least 1 of the following areas:

– Education

– Arts

– Fundraising

– Marketing & PR

– Law

This is a voluntary role with an expectation that you’d attend a meeting every 2 months & contribute a few hours in between, supporting the Directors in an advisory capacity. Board membership promises to be a useful CPD opportunity, with existing Board members & Directors committed to sharing the skills & knowledge they each bring.

Express your interest by emailing Managing Director Lisa Charlotte Davis before Friday 26th January 2018, including your CV & explaining why you’re interested & what you could bring at this stage in our development: [email protected]

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Contributing to PGCE Diversity Conference

Great to be back up in Newcastle University in the School Education, Communication and Language Sciences where Managing Director, Lisa, trained to be a teacher many moons ago. Today and tomorrow, we’re proud to have been invited to contribute a workshop to a conference for PGCE students on Diversity, Inclusion and Pupil Well-being. Our workshop explores Creative Methods for Addressing Sexting and draws on the work we developed with Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College. We’ll be showing the film on Sexting created by Rupert Ludlow together with Ferryhill students, diving into the Sex and Relationships Education Resource Pack that accompanies the film (created together with designer Louise Taylor), and encouraging future teachers to think about how they could challenge their students to notice – and hopefully overturn! – sexism in the context of the sharing of intimate personal images (sexting).

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Welcoming our new Management Board!

We’re absolutely delighted to be able to announce that we have successfully recruited a brand new Management Board to support us in taking Changing Relations forward to the best of our ability in accordance with our aims and ethos as a company. We’ll be kick-starting the New Year with a full team Away Day for our 3 Directors and the all new Management Board members. Interested to meet the team? Have a little browse of our new recruits!

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Take a seat on our Management Board?

Changing Relations*performer-chair-at-the-witham is looking to recruit a Management Board that can support us in shaping the strategic direction of the company. We are keen for our Board to be made up of those with experience and expertise in: Education, the Arts, Health, Social Science Research, Gender Equality, the Women’s Sector and the Voluntary & Community Sector. We are particularly (although not exclusively) interested in those based in the North East, since this is where we are based.

This would be a voluntary role and you would not be expected to take on any day-to-day responsibilities of running the company. We would, however, expect you to commit to attending Management Board meetings at least three times a year as well as the company’s AGM once a year.

If you are interested in playing a part in Changing Relations in this way, we would love to hear from you. Please write to Managing Director, Lisa Davis, detailing your relevant experience, why you would be interested in supporting our work and what you think you could contribute:lisa@jackdev.co.uk

The deadline for submitting applications is: Wednesday 2nd November.

*Changing Relations is a social enterprise that devises innovative projects to challenge thinking around gender equality and healthy relationships. We work collaboratively with – and for – a range of organisations, using the arts and creative methods in thought-provoking and impactful ways to effect positive social transformation. We are currently in the midst of a touring a performance on the theme of Domestic Abuse, visiting a number of venues around the North East. You can find out more about us and what we do on www.jackdev.co.uk and can read the review of our currently touring play Make Do and Mend here: http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/make-do-and-men-alphabetti-thea-13519

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Book Make Do and Mend tickets before they run out!

Fantastic news from the Alphabetti Theatre that our opening night this coming Thursday is nearly sold out. We’d be just as gutted as you if you turned up on the 29th September and found there were no tickets left, so please do get your tickets booked online. Don’t forget that we’re at the Alphabetti on the Friday night as well, not to mention a number of other venues around the North East.


Have a look at our project website to check the date / venue that works best for you. Go to  https://thewomensvoicesproject.com/ and select Tour Schedule 2016 to see the range of options from Stanley to Darlington, Bishop Auckland and Barnard Castle.

We’ve got a fantastic production for you with humour, heartache, an original soundtrack being developed live through the rehearsal process and whole load of valuable social information. See you there!

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Great to attend rehearsals for our soon-to-tour production of Make Do and Mend last night and see Director & Script-writer Rachel Adamson work together with Movement Director Alys North explore ways of fine-tuning the performance ready for our first night, now less than one week away at the Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle on Thursday 29th September.

Here’s a little snap of our actors in chairs specially selected and customised by the women whose characters they are bringing to life on the stage. It was great to meet our new actor Rosie Stancliffe who was bringing a whole load of warmth and humour to the role of Lorna.


Don’t forget to snap up your tickets! Check the Tour Schedule on the project website to find the best date and venue for you! See you there!

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Apprenticeship Opportunity!

We’re really excited to announce that we are working with Durham County Council and the National Apprenticeship Service to create an Apprenticeship Opportunity at Changing Relations. We are based in Durham City and applicants would need to have a County Durham post code. You would also need to be under the age of 24.

The Apprenticeship Frameworks we are offering include:

  • Project Management
  • Community Arts
  • Professional Development for Work-Based Learning Practitioners

We are looking for someone who is interested in developing their skills in group facilitation around the issues of gender equality and healthy relationships, and who is prepared to learn about the breadth of behind-the-scenes activities involved in planning and delivering a creative, arts-based project.

If you think this is you, give us a shout. We would need to know why you want to work with us and why you think you’re the person we are looking for. Send an email through to Managing Director Lisa Davis on [email protected]

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Welcoming New Director!

We are delighted to announce that the fabulous dancer and choreographer – Alys North – has joined us here at Changing Relations as Creative Director. We are really looking forward to developing projects together with Alys and are very pleased at the breadth of educational and artistic expertise our management team now covers. Have a look at our People page if you’d like to get more of a flavour of the range of skills and experience Lisa, Polly and Alys bring to the table.

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New Website

Well it’s been a long time coming, but here is our all new up-to-date website. Many thanks to Rich Bielby for his efforts behind the scenes in constructing it for us. There may still be some little niggles to iron out, but we have so much news to start sharing with you, that it really is time to get you checking in with us regularly. So here we are with News Blog#1 to announce that we are here! Look out for all of our forthcoming updates on our Autumn Tour, our new Director, our changing status, to drop a few not-so-subtle hints!

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