This October, Tender delivered a workshop in Bromley to professionals working with young people. We performed a short play “Push” as a rehearsed reading, and then ran a workshop discussing the issues of abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation and gangs. Having co-facilitated workshops with Tender before, as an actor I really enjoyed the workshop taking this format. The incredible thing about Tender is that we use drama and the arts to explore very challenging issues, and make them more accessible. I felt that through performing the play – something visual – the participants were able to engage in the ideas fully and use examples from it. They were very perceptive and I found they saw things that I hadn’t thought of! It was also great working with adults who are experienced in this field, and still enabling, giving them tools and teaching them, whilst hearing their personal stories and experiences. From the perspective of a young person, I certainly learnt a lot from them, such as the interchangeability of Abuse and Love in the grooming line. We also explored how to approach challenging statements and how to respond to a disclosure. I hope to deliver more workshops like this again, and am proud of what Tender achieved.
Written by Tender Youth Ambassador and Facilitator, Kathryn.