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COVID-19: What YTAS Are Doing to Help

By Youth Theatre Arts Scotland

Welcome to our COVID-19 Guidance Toolkit for youth theatres and youth theatre practitioners as we all navigate the uncharted and choppy waters of the novel coronavirus and its effects on our daily lives.

Below you’ll find guidance and signposting to helpful information on what YTAS are doing to help the youth theatre sector at this difficult time. If we’ve missed anything you think we should be sharing with the sector, please get in touch and we’ll get it added as soon as we can.

What YTAS are doing to help

  • YTAS secured funds to offer Grants for Youth Theatre, supporting groups and freelancers to make COVID adaptations whilst addressing issues of inequality, environmental impact and social justice through their creative work.  (Prior to this, YTAS also distributed over £9,000 as part of our COVID-19 Adaptations Micro Grants, supporting 21 groups and individuals to adapt their practice and purchase resources in response to the pandemic).
  • We are programming an ongoing Learning and Engagement programme in response to the changing needs of our sector and supporting groups and individuals to “build back better”, which, for now, is taking place online. This includes our YT Essentials training sessions, our new Working Bees, themed Swap Shops and a series of Creative Conversations.
  • Our CEO, Kenny, is representing and advocating for the youth theatre sector at a number of national recovery groups, including the Arts in Education Recovery Group and Youth Work Recovery Group.
  • We established a Sector Recovery Working Group (SRWG) to identify what is needed to deliver youth theatre activities in-line with Government guidelines, as the country transitions out of lockdown (monthly on a Tuesday, 10am – email kenny@ytas.org.uk to join).
  • Together with the SRWG we co-created a new Toolkit for the Phased Renewal of Youth Theatre Activities and an accompanying checklist. These resources are designed to help groups ensure they have everything in place for a safe return to face-to-face delivery.
  • YTAS is continuing to host Zoom check-ins for youth theatre managers for peer support and professional development (monthly on a Friday, 10.30am – email catherine@ytas.org.uk to join).
  • In response to Fuel’s Freelance Task Force, YTAS has been working with a group of freelance youth theatre artists to discuss and explore the development of the freelance workforce and how we can encourage change in the cultural sector. Email vikki@ytas.org.uk for more information.
  • We’re also continuing to offer many bespoke 1-2-1s and mentoring/coaching sessions to support groups and leaders across the youth arts sector.
  • We’re continuing to list opportunities for young people and youth theatre leaders.
  • Our resources portal has lots of interesting learning and development materials.
  • All of our newsletters available online, so you can keep up with our latest news at this critical time. The entire back-catalogue is here.

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