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Outreach programme with Diversity Role Models and Stonewall to accompany new musical to Coventry,Brighton & Richmond from Sept 2015
23 backers pledged £4,540 to help bring this project to life.

FEEDBACK REPORT ON OUTREACH WORK

Posted by Douglas McJannet (Creator)

Dear Supporter!

We have had some wonderful feedback from your work with Diversity Role Models which you made possible - we thought you would like to know!

Project overview
 

The funding raised through the show enabled DRM to deliver nine days of workshops to schools across the three regions where Crush was performed. The impact of this funding was amazing, bringing about a significant shift in attitudes and allowing young people to discuss these very important issues in a safe and open environment. DRM’s key messages in the workshops are very much echoed in the show and we are extremely grateful to everyone involved for helping to bring these messages in to schools and communities.

Schools information

Coventry Westwood Academy

Lyng Hall School

Bablake School

Brighton Hove Park School

Longhill High School

Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College

Brighton and Hove High School

Richmond Hampton Park Academy

 Student questions & feedback

  What do you think the main messages were?

“That everyone is equal, we are who we are and no one can change that” “That don't choose the word gay for a nasty term because it can really hurt someone” “Be kind to everyone and don't judge them on what they look like” “Don't judge something by its cover and to not discriminate LGBT people” 

How did the workshop change your opinion on LGBT people?

 “That you shouldn't change who you are for someone else” “It helped me see what actually happens to them” “It made me feel like LGBT are not a bad thing” “It changed my views to be more positive”

What one thing could you do to prevent HBT bullying?

  “Explain what it actually means and the affect it has on LGBT people” “Stop it and explain other stories and feelings” “Not join in, or laugh at the jokes used” “This workshop will really help, please show the other students” “Make them think of their position” “Stop saying that's so gay”

Teacher’s feedback “Very well led. The stories were the most powerful point. Students were very responsive” “Great! Opened their eyes to what the world is like” “Great seeing the students being challenged” “Positive impact on pupils helping them to think about these difficult issues in a safe environment”

Coventry statistics

Westwood Academy • 53.6% said that they use the phrase 'that's so gay' at the start of the workshop • 4.6% said that they would still use the phrase 'that's so gay' at the end of the workshop

 Lyng Hall School • 6% said they would you struggle to be friends with someone if they told you they were gay at the start of the workshop • 0% said they would you struggle to be friends with someone if they told you they were gay at the end of the workshop

Brighton statistics

 Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College • 100% would treat a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person better now? • 100% would try and challenge HBT more now when they see / hear it

Longhill School • 18% said that they use the phrase 'that's so gay' at the start of the workshop • 3% said that they would still use the phrase 'that's so gay' at the end of the workshop • 95% would treat a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person better now? • 88% would try and challenge homophobia more now when they see / hear it

Richmond statistics • 32% said that they use the phrase 'that's so gay' at the start of the workshop • 8% said that they would still use the phrase 'that's so gay' at the end of the workshop • 10% thought that someone who is gay would feel comfortable 'coming out' at school before a workshop • 34% thought that someone who is gay would feel comfortable 'coming out' at school after a workshop Thank you! As you can see, the pupils responded brilliantly to the workshops and the key messages.

The funding raised through the show enabled DRM to deliver nine days of workshops to schools across the three regions where Crush was performed. The impact of this funding was amazing, bringing about a significant shift in attitudes and allowing young people to discuss these very important issues in a safe and open environment. DRM’s key messages in the workshops are very much echoed in the show and we are extremely grateful to everyone involved for helping to bring these messages in to schools and communities.

Schools information

Coventry Westwood Academy

Lyng Hall School

Bablake School

Brighton Hove Park School

  Longhill High School 

Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College

Brighton and Hove High School

Richmond Hampton Park Academy

 Student questions & feedback 

What do you think the main messages were? “That everyone is equal, we are who we are and no one can change that” “That don't choose the word gay for a nasty term because it can really hurt someone” “Be kind to everyone and don't judge them on what they look like” “Don't judge something by its cover and to not discriminate LGBT people” How did the workshop change your opinion on LGBT people? “That you shouldn't change who you are for someone else” “It helped me see what actually happens to them” “It made me feel like LGBT are not a bad thing” “It changed my views to be more positive”

What one thing could you do to prevent HBT bullying? 

“Explain what it actually means and the affect it has on LGBT people” “Stop it and explain other stories and feelings” “Not join in, or laugh at the jokes used” “This workshop will really help, please show the other students” “Make them think of their position” “Stop saying that's so gay”

Teacher’s feedback “Very well led. The stories were the most powerful point. Students were very responsive” “Great! Opened their eyes to what the world is like” “Great seeing the students being challenged” “Positive impact on pupils helping them to think about these difficult issues in a safe environment” 

Coventry statistics

Westwood Academy • 53.6% said that they use the phrase 'that's so gay' at the start of the workshop • 4.6% said that they would still use the phrase 'that's so gay' at the end of the workshop

 Lyng Hall School • 6% said they would you struggle to be friends with someone if they told you they were gay at the start of the workshop • 0% said they would you struggle to be friends with someone if they told you they were gay at the end of the workshop

Brighton statistics 

Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College • 100% would treat a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person better now? • 100% would try and challenge HBT more now when they see / hear it

Longhill School • 18% said that they use the phrase 'that's so gay' at the start of the workshop • 3% said that they would still use the phrase 'that's so gay' at the end of the workshop • 95% would treat a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender person better now? • 88% would try and challenge homophobia more now when they see / hear it

Richmond statistics • 32% said that they use the phrase 'that's so gay' at the start of the workshop • 8% said that they would still use the phrase 'that's so gay' at the end of the workshop • 10% thought that someone who is gay would feel comfortable 'coming out' at school before a workshop • 34% thought that someone who is gay would feel comfortable 'coming out' at school after a workshop

Thank you! As you can see, the pupils responded brilliantly to the workshops and the key messages.  

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