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Welcome to our new Creative Arts & Progression Worker Sara Turrill!

Sara will be focused developing partnerships with arts and environmental organisations in Bristol, to develop opportunities for Imayla's children, young people and families to get involved in! If you are interested in working with us please contact

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All the Things You Ever Wanted to Say (July 2012)

The power of drama and the glory of silence

This weekend was a fun and personal development experience for survivors of domestic violence and their children based at Okehampton Youth Hostel.

Imayla worked in partnership with Common Wealth, a theatre group working in Bristol delivering theatre performance on the effects of domestic violence.  They were successful in raising Arts Council funding to take away some of the women whose testimonies they had gathered for the performance and to explore how drama and the outdoors could affect their sense of power and hope.  Twelve women and fifteen children attended.  The aim was also to demonstrate to organisations working with survivors of domestic violence how going away to a wild and different environment can effect change. The weekend consisted of drama workshops for the woman and arts and environmental workshops for the children, a walk on Dartmoor, and stories and exchanges around the fire for all participants.

The participants were referred from two voluntary sector organisations working in Bristol with families experiencing domestic violence, Survive and Next Link, and worked closely with the Domestic Abuse services in Bristol and BANES (Bath and North East Somerset) with the Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) supporting the weekend as a volunteer. A worker from Family Learning in Plymouth was employed on a freelance basis to support the weekend with the families that attended.

I got fun, laughter, sadness all wrapped up in a warm fluffy towel.
Participant, All the Things You Ever Wanted to Say (July 2012)
So many smiles all weekend! Climbing the Tor was a challenge and it was great to have done it - makes me more confident I can do other things too…seeing the kids running ‘wild’ and the feeling I’d given our family a real treat to remember.
Participant, All the Things You Ever Wanted to Say (July 2012)
I feel more empowered and ready for life.
Participant, All the Things You Ever Wanted to Say (July 2012)
Going away to a place like this the group bonded really quickly - we got really stuck in to our troubles, shared the burdens and could see a way through them...the wind and the view on the moor lifted my heart and gave me hope - a view of the light at the end of the tunnel.
Participant, All the Things You Ever Wanted to Say (July 2012)
When I grow up I’m going to bring my kids here…..all the time!
Child participant, All the Things You Ever Wanted to Say (July 2012)
To watch the faces of the young children light up at seeing a mushroom growing on the moor, watching the sunset and climbing up the rocky tor, I am positive that this is something that will stay with them forever. The experience gave these families something extremely special and that was to create some strong, positive and unforgettable memories to outweigh the bad ones in other parts of their lives.
Rhiannon, Commonwealth Theatre Workshop Leader, All the Things You Ever Wanted to Say (July 2012)