Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival is committed to helping different sectors of the community and over the years have worked with Age UK Tunbridge Wells, Sherwood Men’s Shed along side working in local schools.
This year we are running a series of workshops in collaboration with local charity, Mental Health Resource, for their Reachout Youth group, a free service offering wellbeing support to young people aged 13-19 years throughout West Kent.
The Reachout Youth Group has highly trained and supportive staff to offer the young people a safe space to talk about things they might not usually share with friends or family. After the pandemic many teenagers are more anxious, lonely or just feeling low.
Russell Dean from Strangeface Theatre Company, will be facilitating the workshops along with Reachout Youth Support Worker Anna Skulczuk. Puppetry is an ideal art form for this type of work as a puppet can allow the puppeteer to ‘speak’ more freely about their feelings with opportunities to join in with others or work alone but in the company of other people.