Message of Support from Tim Townsend
Tim worked for roundabout from 2001 to 2014. In that time he worked with a number of different client groups but his main area of work was school based with children and young people on the Autistic Spectrum and those with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. Tim now lives in Somerset and works as part of the Mandala Therapy and Play service for Barnardos.
“Having had the pleasure of working for Roundabout for 13 years it was with a heavy heart that I left to start a new chapter in Somerset. Although I am many miles away I still remain in contact with Roundabout and I am proud to say that I was part of the organisation.
Roundabout is a unique charity that works tirelessly to support and engage those who are most in need. My hope would be that the service that Roundabout provides and the way the therapists work is not a rarity but rather it becomes the norm within schools and establishments and reaches those most in need”.
Message of Support from Stella Duffy
Stella Duffy writes novels, plays and short stories, she is a theatre director, and is leading Fun Palaces – the nationwide project of engagement in arts and sciences for all – in October 2014.
“I believe in the value of theatre on a very profound level – not simply as something to engage in as a maker, or to sit back and watch as an audience, but as an agent for change.
We have, as human beings, always told stories, shared stories, listened to the stories of others. There is no human culture that doesn’t do this. What happens when we share ourselves in this way, in a safe space, is that we find a narrative with which to hold the messy, dangerous, glorious, hopeful and heart-breaking nature of our lives. All too often the possibility of theatre as a tool for living is denied to any but the already-privileged. ANYTHING that makes the work of sharing, of listening, of creating, available to others, and available to those who most need it, is hugely worthy of support.
I support Roundabout for making a difference where a difference is most needed.”
Message of Support from Marian ‘Billy’ Lindkvist
Billy is the founder of the Sesame Institute.Billy’s many years of dedication and hard work laid the foundations of today’s dramatherapy profession. Thanks largely to Billy, it is accepted and celebrated that dramatherapy is client-led and client-focused and her work helped ensure that dramatherapists are part of a creative, innovative and effective profession. She is the author of ‘Bring White Beads when you call on the Healer’ which documents her groundbreaking in the field of drama therapy.
“It gives me the greatest pleasure in endorsing the activities of Roundabout for which I have great admiration. I strongly believe in the work that they do.”