Introducing the official Unique Voice blogger…
Our actor and workshop leader Sarah Fullagar began sharing her blogs with Unique Voice earlier this year, and now introduces herself as our official blogger. She’ll be sharing her thoughts and experiences with us each week and gives us a glimpse here of what we can expect.
I began blogging for Unique Voice a few months ago and, as it turns out, I have quite a lot to say. As a result, I’m delighted to introduce myself as the official Unique Voice blogger. Over the next few months you can expect blogs from me about each of the services Unique Voice provides, as well as information and updates on any training the team have undertaken. In addition I’ll be sharing my thoughts on other issues related to the work we’re doing.
I don’t think it’s possible to underestimate the importance of social education. It’s one thing teaching children about the rainforest, the Romans, to make them learn times tables, or show them how to transform an old stocking and some seeds into a face with cress for hair- but I strongly believe that above all else we need to be helping young people develop a strong sense of self, healthy relationships and the coping mechanisms they need in order to help them find their way in the world as they grow and develop. Equally, I think it’s vital that young people are given the space to voice their opinions and ask questions about issues central to their lives. Many of the schemes and workshops I’ve lead for Unique Voice put a strong emphasis on asking the children ‘What do you think?’; a method that I think is crucial in allowing the children to really engage with these issues, and indeed their relevance.
In particular, I’m fascinated by the ways in which children develop and maintain a healthy self-esteem. Having somewhat lacked in the self-confidence department during my own childhood and adolescence I am all too aware of the difficulties this can induce. That’s why I continue to be thrilled at the potential the schemes I teach with Unique Voice have to encourage the young people we work with to embrace their individuality, voice their opinions and develop and explore their understanding of themselves as talented, worthy and brilliant individuals.
I hope you enjoy reading what myself and the rest of the Unique Voice team have been getting up to, and indeed any passionate (and potentially ranty) blogs I might be inspired to write over the course of the next few months.