While working as an Employment Support Advisor in a Leaving Care Team, Elo noticed that for a lot of young people she worked with sustaining jobs was a much bigger barrier than finding them, due to unsupported emotional instabilities. At this time Alex was working as a Behavioural Support Assistant at a Pupil Referral Unit, running sessions with students who struggled to express emotions, manifesting in complex behavioural difficulties. It was clear to us that more needed to be done to support these young people in their emotional health and wellbeing, and their capacity to express themselves.
In previous incarnations, Alex and Elo worked for theatre and for creative learning projects. Because of this we both have a strong belief in the arts as a tool for personal development and we are excited by the potential that creativity can unlock in people.
Through these combined experiences, input from young people and a series of prototypes, Storeys was born. We design each project to be a creative and fun way for young people leaving care and children at risk of exclusion to engage with and take ownership of their own emotional health and wellbeing.
Hey, we're Elo and Alex
We met and became friends through Year Here, a course in social innovation. Between us we have experience in youth work, theatre and cultural events. As young people ourselves (YES!) we have a big belief in the creativity of youth and are constantly inspired by the groups we work with through Storeys.