Shifting The Dial - Birmingham Rep
Lightpost Theatre

We run a group called Lightpost Theatre who meet every Tuesday 6.30pm-9pm at The REP. Lightpost is currently made up of 15 young black men and some of the first cohort of have now gone onto drama school, others have become peer ambassadors or found other opportunities within the theatre. For more information or if you would like to join Lightpost Theatre please email learning@birmingham-rep.co.uk.

Centre For Mental Health

The Centre for Mental Health are the Shifting the Dial project evaluators. Holding up a mirror to the partnership and the impact its having on its participants. They also train peer researchers to evaluate the progress and monitor the systemic change the project hopes to make. Click here for more information.

First Class Legacy

As one of Birmingham's premiere community organisations speacialising in work with young black men, First Class Legacy run regular #DearYoungers forums in which relatable male role models and young black men promote strength-based dialogue on wellbeing in culturally informed spaces. First Class Legacy also work with cohort of young black men in outreach settings via filmmaking, spoken word and other cultural activities which support their brotherhood and sense of community.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust

BSMHT underpin the work of Shifting the Dial Project. Using the project to redress the balance of young African Caribbean men in the mental health service who are over represented as patients but underrepresented in staff body. Click here for more information.

Fix It Events

Another key element of the project is to advocate for changes in the systems that historically hold young African Caribbean men back. The partners works together to initiate conversations with sector policy makers and seniors in so far the Fix it events have consisted of:
- An education themed event which produced This Is Me.
- An event focussing on the public health approaches to youth violence.
The next event which will focus on employment.

Shifting The Dial

Shifting The Dial Resources