You have been found to be 'Fit for Work'(Ongoing)
“Coming to the groups has not only allowed me to meet new people but also to find my voice and discover different ways to express myself.“
Since November 2018, we have been working with a regular group of clients from London charity Z2K.
Members of the group are from very different backgrounds but have the shared experience of accessing Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefits and have appealed the DWP’s assessment that they are ‘fit for work’.
We previously collaborated with Z2K on a podcast episode about this issue and many of the people we met while making it reported feelings of social isolation so we decided to run a regular creative expression group for people who shared that experience. From the very beginning, there was a real sense of solidarity and acceptance from everyone. And we have laughed a lot! So far, we’ve tried creative writing, singing and song writing, and expressive movement, with lots more planned.
One regular group member has said:
“Coming to the groups has not only allowed me to meet new people but also to find my voice and discover different ways to express myself. I look forward to coming to every group session because I feel like people listen to me, and my ideas are encouraged and not ignored and I get to learn new skills like song-writing”.
Read a blog about the project here:
In January 2020, the group presented their first public performance of a script they co-created with ice&fire called Salt and Light