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Converge: Create, Challenge, Inspire


Converge logoA 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 students. 


Our Aims:

  • 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 evaluations.
  • Support the development of further innovations in this field.

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 contact us for further information E:converge@yorksj.ac.uk or visit http://convergeyork.co.uk