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Great feedback from our first National Conference

Great feedback from our first National Conference

Feedback from delegates

‘I will take away several actions to implement 300 miles south – the ripples will continue from today’

‘Positive, thought provoking and an insight into the difficulties LGBT people face as they grow older (in addition to growing older and all that comes with it).  Things need to change’

‘More to think about than I had originally thought. Action plan already started for my team and some very thought provoking statements made’.

‘Huge thanks for putting this on and inviting me. So glad to be part of such a positive and worthwhile event’

‘Really inspiring – loved the emphasis on creativity and finding ways to really engage around the emotional and real issues’

‘Powerful drama which goes to the heart of the matter – individuals relating to one another in stressful circumstances. Begs the question:  WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?!?’

‘Excellent day, very thought provoking.  Swags & Tails performance was very moving’

‘Really good day:- Good mix of information, giving sessions and activities and networking opportunities - Re-energised to pick up the on going challenges! Thank you

'Very informative.  Training is the key.  Awareness!'

‘Swags & Tails was extremely moving and powerfully performed and very true in every way – well done all involved!’

‘Lots of positive dialogue, great day.  Things to think about and things to do'

Feedback from speakers

The event was very valuable - we met lots of interesting people, made some good contacts and felt valued! Personally I am increasingly convinced that the sensitive issues we are all working with can most effectively be explored through creative avenues. This is something I have been looking at, almost incidentally, and I now feel more drive to follow this up an discuss it with the SAND Action Group. Thank you for an excellent day. Sal Hampson, Safe Ageing No Discrimination (SAND)

Very special,heart felt thanks to you and all you lovely people at Open Clasp. I so much enjoyed the Conference, the contributions of your guests, the workshop sessions and most of all the drama presentation by your colleagues. It was deeply moving and looking around the room I was very aware of the very powerful way in which it resonated with all present.  A very memorable experience, made so by the quality of thought and feeling so much in evidence from you and your colleagues. Brian Bayliss, Opening Doors Ambassador

I enjoyed the day hugely and there wasn’t a single presentation/session that wasn’t informative and thought provoking  or a single moment when it flagged (no mean feat when it’s a full day!). I was really impressed with the panel of Opening Doors ambassadors, both the individuals themselves and that it was well managed and presented. And the performance was very powerful and worked brilliantly. Antony Smith, Development Officer - Equalities and Human Rights, Age UK


Critics Pick "a moving, intimate and superbly acted drama about women’s lives in a British prison" New York Times
★★★★ "Exquisite... Singing with an everyday poetry as if the devising process had unlocked a waterfall of creativity" Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
★★★★★ "A touching, empowering work that hits the hat-trick of great script, direction and performance" The Stage
"Open Clasp is truly a treasure of the north east that must be supported and encouraged to become a treasure of the nation" British Theatre Guide
"Open Clasp have the balls, the brains and above all, the sense of humour, to tackle issues in a fresh and beguiling way" Metro
"Open Clasp’s work shows a grass roots radicalism and genuine commitment, coupled with professionalism" British Theatre Guide