Converge: Create, Challenge, Inspire
A centre for practice, research and teaching
Established by Nick Rowe and Gemma Alldred
from an ‘Introduction to Theatre’ course in 2008, delivering
educational opportunities in the arts for people with mental health
problems, Converge is a unique
collaboration between the North Yorkshire and York Primary Care
Trust and York St John University.
Converge offers high quality, work based
experiences to York St John Students. Our careful support and
mentoring allows students to experiment with their own ideas and
creativity, whilst gaining valuable real world experience and
learning more about community based practices.
Adapting, improving and leading in an
increasingly challenging economic climate, Converge seeks to
develop symbiotic projects and partnerships to harness new thinking
and best practice in the delivery of high quality arts education
for mental health users and work-experience for university
- Offer mental health service providers good quality and good
value educational opportunities for their clients.
- Provide a means through which undergraduate and postgraduate
YSJU students can fulfil their module requirements in community,
applied or work-based modules and develop skills and experiences
that will prepare them for work.
- Encourage, support and develop the creative potential of both
YSJU students and course participants.
- Work alongside mental health professionals and other partners
to fulfil our aims.
- Conduct practice-based research, impact studies and
- Support the development of further innovations in this
The current high quality course work saw the
founding of York based Out of
Character Theatre Company in 2009.
Find out more about the project
If you would like to know more about our work and research, wish
to participate or find out more about what we can offer please
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