Wellbeing Your Way
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Wellbeing Your Way

"Wellbeing Your Way aims to challenge the misconception that people who have experienced adversity, trauma and incarceration are ‘other’"

For more information about our workshop programme


This Greater Manchester community offer provides create support, experiences and opportunities for people facing the greatest level of discrimination and adversity. The project has been funded by Arts Council England and One Manchester, vitally meaning that it is free at the point of use for all it’s beneficiaries.

Current referral partners include NW prisons, GM mental health units, housing associations and refugee and asylum seeker charities. Any adult or young person facing additional barriers and disadvantages, or facing mental health challenges is welcome to apply.

Please note, all of the below options will be offered on an individual-basis, where people’s safety, needs, confidence, interests and ability are considered and reassessed throughout their engagement. All participants will have a minimum of 5 of the below experiences.

Referrals and further information: To self-refer or refer a young person or adult you are working with, or simply to find out more information please email connect@oddarts.co.uk.



To increase a sense of belonging, connection and purpose

Improve well-being and mental health

Develop protective measures and resilience

Encourage work-based and creative skills


1-2-1 ‘wellbeing’ theatre workshops

Specialist therapeutic theatre programmes (themes: relationships, resilience, communication, mental-health)

Training and performing alongside professional artists/facilitators

Beneficiary led performances, showcases, films, campaigns


Paid professional opportunities for all participants

Wellbeing Your Way wants to challenge the misconception that people who have experienced adversity, trauma and incarceration are ‘other’.

Wellbeing Your Way does not think that people who have served custodial orders are the same as people who have been sectioned under the mental health act or the same as people seeking asylum, but it recognises that individuals with any of the previous lived experience are likely to have faced multiple barriers and trauma and require a needs-based, flexible, person-centred, trauma informed and safe approach to working with them.

Wellbeing Your Way adopts high quality theatre, arts-practice and arts practitioners, that is also underpinned by therapeutic, trauma-informed, restorative, strengths based and non-violent communication approaches.

Wellbeing Your Way is community-led, meaning that the design and practicality of the programme respond to the needs of the people and the communities we work with.

Wellbeing Your Way is testing new ways of working and not conforming to the status quo in how people who face experience racism, inequalities, disadvantage and discrimination engage with theatre, arts and culture.

In 2022 Odd Arts was generously awarded funding from the Pilgrim Trust for a young women’s strand of Wellbeing Your Way.

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