Comic Relief Funding

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A Theatre Royal Creative Learning project is making a difference to the lives of women living in Plymouth, thanks to funding from Comic Relief.

Dove Tales is a creative arts group for isolated asylum seeker and refugee women who find it difficult to access other provision, and is run in partnership with Plymouth and District Racial Equality Council.It aims to enable the women to overcome trauma and adapt to life in Britain by creatively sharing their experiences in a mutually supportive environment.

As the city is geographically quite remote from other major cities and has a low black and minority ethnic population, refugees and asylum seekers are highly visible and more vulnerable to racism and discrimination.As a result of this, and of the trauma they have experienced in their home countries, many of the women are extremely anxious and live under a self imposed curfew.

Through taking part in weekly activities with Dove Tales, women gain the confidence to discuss their experiences and access other services such as counselling.Activities can range from writing to storytelling to art and aim to act as a trigger for memories and discussion.

The women can also take part in coffee mornings, which include a befriending scheme sothey can meet older local women in Plymouth, after many of the women said they found it difficult being away from their own extended families and a maternal figure.

The aim now is to get more women to take part in Dove Tales and involve more local women in the befriending scheme.Anyone interested in finding out more can contact TR2’S Creative Learning team on *01752 230379 **or e-mail *“creativelearning@theatreroyal.com (mailto:creativelearning@theatreroyal.com)”:mailto:creativelearning@theatreroyal.com

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