workshopsShape East Education, Youth and Community Workshops

The Shape East Workshops

Bring to life issues of Sustainable Living, Climate Change, Architure, Good Design, Community Planning and more with Shape East's creative education and community team. We have been running a variety of workshops and learning programmes with schools, after school, youth clubs and community groups for over 5 years and cover a range of primary and secondary national curriculum levels and subjects. All workshops can be tailored to suit individual needs, ages and ability. 

All of our workshops are carried out by qualified arts practitioners and education providers. All staff carry enhanced CRB checks.

To book or find out further information about any of the Shape East workshops or to discuss your individual needs, please call us on 01223 462606 or email

Workshop 1: Modelling the Next Generation



Whether you're transforming a community centre, re-thinking unused green spaces or building a new housing estate, this workshop explores changes in your local area, using model-making, map reading and on-site sessions to engage, excite and empower young people and communities with these plans.

Age: 11 +

Ability Level: All

Brief Outline of Day:

  • Interactive presentation with built environment specialist
  • Close study session of local area: historical, geographical and cultural
  • Creative workshops to explore ideas for the development / local changes
  • Presentation of ideas to local decision makers / community
  • Question and answer and feedback session

Skills: model making, map reading and historical comparison, architectural and masterplanning drawing, researching, group work, presenting and public speaking,

Main Subject Coverage: Geography, History, Art and Design, Citizenship

Workshop 2: Build Me a Town, Build me a Home!



What do children want from the spaces in which they live? This workshop engages children with the spaces and places around them, using supported model making and drawing workshops to explore their new found knowledge and ideas.

Age: 6-11 years

Ability Level: All

Brief Outline of Day:

  • Introduction to the local area and ideas sharing session with children
  • Workshop on history and geography of local area
  • Model making buildings and houses workshop
  • Presentation of models to local decision makers, parents and community

Skills: brain storming and creative thinking, model design and making, drawing and labelling, group work,

Main Subject Coverage: Geography, History, Art and Design,

Workshop 3: Sustainability, Slam Poetry and other Cultures



From green roofs in Brixton to Bogota' bikes, Colombian car bans and sun powered tribes.....! This workshop explores low-carbon living from the UK and beyond, using spoken word poetry sessions to collate and present new found ideas and knowledge.

Age: 11+

Ability Level: All

Brief Outline of Day:

  • Interactive group quiz combining poetry and sustainability issues
  • Slam poetry performance and feedback
  • Rhyming, writing and research workshop: creating poetry from information
  • Performance workshop: group and individual poetry as performance
  • Final performance to school, community and / or local decision makers

Skills: group and individual research, brainstorming and group writing, creative writing, performance poetry and public speaking

Main Subject Coverage: Geography, English / English Lit, Citizenship, Drama.

Why are our workshops so successful?

  • We use creative and innovative learning methodologies to engage and incite people, including model making and slam poetry.

  • We bring in professionals and experts in the built environment through our extensive contacts database. This varies with each workshop but may include designers, architects, eco-architects, planners, public artists and Councillors.

  • We include a feedback session in all workshops. This means that we bring in local decision makers such as Councillors and Local Authority staff to listen to the findings, concerns and knowledge of the community group and / or young people. This is a vital aspect of our workshops, paving the way to raise the real-life involvement and voice of communities and young people with changes and developments in their local surrounding

When to book a Shape East workshop?

Our workshops can be booked any time of the year. However, below are some of the National and International Days which we may help you to celebrate in your school or community group. For more information on how our workshops cover these awareness agendas, please contact us


12th - 21st National Science and Engineering Week
20th Earth Day 1: Inspiring awareness and appreciation of the Earth's environment
21st World Poetry Day (only suitable with Slam Poetry workshop)
22nd UN World Water Day


22nd Earth Day 2: Inspiring awareness and appreciation of the Earth's environment


all month Local and Community History Month: increasing awareness of local history, encouraging all members of the community to participate
17th - 21st Walk to School Week


5th UN World Environment Day: stimulating worldwide awareness of environmental issues and encouraging political action.
8th World Oceans Day
12th - 20th National Bike Week: highlighting real alternatives to the car
21st - 27th June Recycle Now Week


12th International Youth day: an opportunity for governments and others to draw attention to youth issues. Around the world young people get involved in concerts, workshops, cultural events and meetings that involve national and local government officials, young people and youth organisations.


8th International Literacy Day (only suitable with Slam Poetry and Public Speaking workshops)
9th - 12th Heritage Open Days
16th UN International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer - commemorating the date, in 1987, on which the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed
22nd World Car Free Day


all month International Walk to School Month
all month The Big Draw - campaign for drawing (only suitable with Model Making and Drawing workshop )
1st Monday World Architecture Day (in conjunction with UN World Habitat Day ) - reflecting on the state of human sttlements and the basic right to adequate shelter.
9th National Poetry Day (only suitable with Slam Poetry workshop)
22nd Everybody Writes Day - getting people excited about writing


8th World Town Planning Day - celebrated in 30 countries across 4 continents to recognise and promote the role of planning in creating liveable communities
19th World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
20th Universal Children's Day - making children's needs known to governments
23rd - 29th Road Safety Week

Funding for Shape East workshops

For information about possible outside funding sources for workshops for the East of England, please view the Cambridgeshire County Council webpage:

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