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Creative Activities

We use theatre and performing arts to give people affected by addiction a voice – enabling them to reach and recognise their potential, find an identity and build life skills and confidence in order to support recovery.

Our activities are free for any service user who is practicing harm reduction or in recovery from any form of addiction, plus their family, carers and champions. To find out which groups you can currently join, please see our monthly schedule of activities.

We run three weekly drop-in groups for new participants:

Drop-in Drama

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Women’s Drama Group

For current or returning participants interested in groups requiring more commitment and discipline, we also offer:

Edge Two

The Company

Participants can also access Peer-led Recovery Maintenance and Pastoral Care Support with our full-time staff.

The only thing we ask is that you will have abstained on the day that you access the groups, although low level scripts are welcome. For more information on joining the free weekly workshops, please contact OETC’s office or register your interest here.

Covid-19 Update

Until further notice all OETC drama workshops will take place online. Even though most participants will join in for a video chat, as long as you have access to a phone (yes, even a landline!) you will be able to participate in the activities. Calls will be charged at your network’s rates. Please be sure to contact your provider if you are unsure of the costs that will be incurred to participate. If you have further questions about how to access our online activities, then check out these FAQs for more information.

We have also compiled a list of free creative and recovery maintenance resources available during Covid-19 social distancing. We will continue to update the list as more activities come online.

Social Activities

When you participate in OETC’s drama workshops you also have the chance to make new abstinent friends to enjoy creative activities with.

  • We organise free tickets to exciting shows around London for our Theatre Trips
  • Enjoy pizza, live music and performances from other participants at Service User Social Events
  • Help manage our charity by joining our Board of Trustees as a Service User Representative

Volunteer & Employment Activities

  • Volunteer Peer Mentor / Support Facilitator Programme

Following 3 months consistent attendance in Edge Two, service users can receive training to be Volunteer Peer Mentors and/or Volunteer Support Facilitators.

  • Paid Facilitation Work

After 6 months of consistent engagement, Volunteer Support Facilitators can be engaged as paid Support or Lead Facilitators for our Treatment Facility Taster Sessions and weekly drama groups.

  • Associate Theatre Facilitators

A special role for ex-service users who continue to facilitate OETC peer-led drama activities, but who have also gone on to successfully work in the theatre industry. They are ambassadors for our organisation and undertake research to develop new activities and exercises for the charity.

For more information on joining the free weekly workshops and recovery maintenance activities, please contact OETC’s office or register your interest here.

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