Active Citizens bioActive Citizens are individuals across the world who want to make a difference in their community. They are people and institutions established, trusted and valued in the community – Volunteers, staff, apprentices, religious leaders, politicians, youth workers etc. They are influential and working to improve the lives of people living in their community. Through the programme they are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to design and implement social action projects to tackle social issues in their community.

Jack Drum Arts run the Active Citizens programme in partnership with the British Council. This free programme consists of  training  followed by social action, and an international study visit. The programme is open to anyone aged 18 and above who has an interest in community cohesion, social action, and professional / personal development. It is a fabulous programme and we get to meet some wonderful people from all over the world.

 If you would like to discuss the programme please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01388 765002 for an informal chat

 Further information on the programme:

The sessions support people to think differently about themselves, the community they live in and how they connect locally, nationally and internationally.

Session 1  – Me – Identity and culture Participants get a better understanding of the concepts of identity and culture and apply their learning to understanding the beliefs, behaviour and attitudes of themselves and other people.

Session 2 – Me and You – Intercultural Dialogue – Participants learn methods of dialogue as a tool for building empathy, trust and understanding within and across cultures.

Session 3 – Local and Global Community – We together – Participants develop an understanding of ‘community’ and its relationship with identity and culture. The group apply their learning to their own community to identify the problem they would like to address and the people they need to engage to achieve their objectives.

Session 4 – Social Action Planning- Participants focus on planning a social action initiative in their community, considering the process in different levels of detail and complexity. This involves identifying and clarifying their agenda, a specific intervention and how they will deliver it and a dragons den activity where you will be able to pitch for funding.

Can anyone take part? We believe each and every one of us is an Active Citizen that has a lot to offer to any community. However, you will need to show a good level of commitment to complete the full learning journey and aim to make a positive contribution to your social action project.

Is it really worth it? This program gives you the platform to really show what you’re capable of and make an impact in your local community.  You develop personal awareness, gain a better understanding of local and global communities and learn about parts of the world you may never see.

Jack Drum Arts

T: 44 (0) 1388 765002

St Cuthbert’s Centre
Church Hill, Crook,
County Durham,
DL15 9DN

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