Our employability skills and confidence through drama programme started in 2014 after receiving funding from the European Union to run a series of courses across Hampshire. We worked with around forty unemployed adults on a ten-week course that was entirely practical and focused on developing self-confidence, communication and presentation skills with the aim of ultimately getting them back into work, volunteering or training.
After great results from this programme we started working with multiple partners (Radian, Sanctuary Housing, The University of Winchester and Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust), delivering five, six and ten week courses to unemployed and economically inactive participants.
Since then the programme has evolved into a mixture of one off workshops as well as short courses that focus on developing customer service skills, improving interview and presentation technique, boosting confidence, mindfulness and more.
We offer one off workshops on the following topics:
Workshops run for a minimum of two hours and can last up to six.
Our short courses typically run over five or six weeks and encompass all the topics listed above. Each session usually last two hours with a short break halfway through. A typical six-week course looks like this:
Week 1 – Building trust and teamwork
Week 2 – Developing confidence skills
Week 3 – Interview techniques and role-play
Week 4 – Presentation skills
Week 5 – Mindfulness and managing stress
Week 6 – Group presentations and feedback
Our programme is open to anyone (18+) who feels they might benefit from attending one of our workshops or courses. The programme is structured to gently ease participants back into a routine, working through straightforward tasks and exercises, therefore no previous knowledge or prior training courses are required to take part.
We offer a similar package of workshops for children and young people which can be found on our education page.
We run programmes throughout the year and in various locations across Hampshire. To find out about our latest workshops and courses please check our ‘Shows / Events’ page for details.
It's nice to have a safe space to talk in and be myself. I think it is boosting my confidence. I learnt how to function in a group and it brightened me up on low days. – Recovery College Participant
I took part in all these activities and I honestly didn’t feel I would do it! I am just starting to realise that maybe I am not as shy as I thought I was. – Recovery College Participant
I found this course very eye opening! I found reading body language very insightful. This course challenged me to do more. – Sanctuary Housing Participant
‘Fluid Motion has had such a positive effect on my mental health. I now feel more relaxed and self-assured’
Paul is 47 and lives in Basingstoke. In 2013 he suffered a spinal injury and spent eight months in hospital. When he came out of hospital he couldn’t walk, this had a detrimental effect on his life. He couldn’t return to work in a local factory as that required standing up and physical exertion that was just impossible for him to do now. He felt low and unwell.
In 2014 Paul’s mother had seen a flyer for one of our employability skills and confidence courses and told him to go along and try it out. Paul turned up to the first session in his wheelchair, shy and reserved.
When he left in week ten he was no longer hiding behind his wheelchair, instead he had found the confidence to walk with the use of a stick. Paul said that ‘Fluid Motion has had such a positive effect on my mental health. I now feel more relaxed and self-assured.’ We then gave Paul the chance to volunteer as a course assistant, helping other people in a similar position. He is now volunteering with multiple organisations, building his skills so that he can get back into full time employment.Read Story
‘I am so grateful to Fluid Motion for building me back up.’
Chris came to us unemployed and first took part in one of our employability skills and confidence courses as a participant. She had very low self-esteem and felt she wasn’t very good in interview situations. Once she had completed the course she joined our team as a volunteer assistant and worked on several ten and five week courses. This gave Chris the chance to develop new skills as well as be supported in thinking about her next steps.
In 2015 we gave Chris the opportunity to become a paid assistant on our Theatricals project which is a weekly drama group for adults with disabilities in Basingstoke. Chris said of her experience ‘I am so grateful to Fluid Motion for building me back up. I been given a paid role and more responsibilities it’s really pushing and challenging me.’
Chris has gone onto doing further volunteer work, including running leisure clubs for the elderly in care homes.Read Story