August Newsletter 2023


As the summer holidays draw to a close, the Exim team reflect back on this year’s busy summer, which has been packed full of projects and workshops.

The new academic term is just around the corner, and Exim are excited to resume our community and education sessions and start new projects!


Open Company Class with Kaitlyn Howlett


This month we have had Kaitlyn  (Hires and Programmes Manager) lead our Open Company Classes, accompanied by the incredible live taiko drumming by Elements Plymouth.

A big thank you to all who have joined Kaitlyn this month at Oxford House Creative Hub and keep reading to hear who our next artist to lead our Open Company Classes is!





Photo Credit: David Snowdon


Our next artist for our Open Company Classes is …


Open Company Class with Robert Shaun Mennear

Our next term of Open Company Class in September will be led by the marvellous Rob Mennear. Rob invites you to experience the joy of movement and the power of connection.
Our Session dates are Monday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th September, at 7.15pm – 8.30pm at Oxford House Creative Hub.

Book your tickets here.

Photo Credit: David Snowdon

Onto a community workshop …


Dance Workshop at St Joseph’s R C Primary School for Feast of Fun Day


Beth (Community Dance Practitioner) and Kaitlyn (Hires and Programmes Manager) had a wonderful time at St Joseph’s R C Primary School for Caritas and Diocese of Plymouth’s Feast of Fun day with Plymouth CAST.

A huge thank you to all the staff, volunteers and participants for joining in with such a joyful session!



At Exim, we prioritise team wellbeing, one of the ways we do this is every couple of months we come together as a team for a Wellbeing Day! Keep reading to find out what we got up too …


Team Wellbeing Day


The team had such a lovely wellbeing day in August, having lunch followed by a few hours of paddle boarding with the amazing Mel from SOUTH WEST SUP.

It’s incredible how rejuvenating a day like this can be! As an organisation, we believe it’s crucial to regularly bring our team together to unwind and connect on a personal level.

Taking care of our team’s well-being is one of our top priorities.

At Exim we want provide different opportunities for our young people, keep reading to hear about a workshop opportunity our young people got involved in …

Off The Wall Aerial Dance Workshop


The biggest thank you to the amazing Off The Wall Aerial Dance for delivering an aerial sling workshop for some of our service users at Oxford House Creative Hub.

The group had a blast, and were encouraged to try new things in an accessible and engaging way!



Hearing our young people’s voices is a vital part of the way Exim work. Keep reading to hear about our latest Change Makers meeting.


Change Makers Meeting

We had a lovely Change Makers meeting with the fabulous Councillor Jemima Laing – Stoke Ward visiting our young people.

We couldn’t be prouder of our young people for sharing their experiences in their community and all helping feed into making a positive impact for the future!

We are passionate about creating opportunities for young people to link with local authorities and decision makers so that they feel more connected and empowered but also gain knowledge on how they can action the positive changes they are inspired to create.

A big thank you again to Jemima!

Keep reading to hear more about a member of our team …

Meet the team – Kaitlyn’s (Hires and Programmes Manager) Blog


Check our Kaitlyn’s (hires and Programmes Manager) recent blog!

Kaitlyn reflects on her time with the company over the last 9 years to where she is now stating “I am incredibly passionate about championing the voices of young people in our community, breaking down stereotyping and providing safe, fun and creative opportunities for them. The young people I have the joy to work with never cease to amaze me and I couldn’t advocate more for them as brilliant humans!”

To read more of Kaitlyn’s blog click here.

Photo Credit: Brett Lockwood

Keep reading to hear about how our young people got involved in our latest recruitment process …

Recruitment Process – Practical Workshops

Huge thank you to all the amazing young individuals who supported us during our recent recruitment process!

Your contribution is truly invaluable to our organisation, we strongly believe that the young people who access our programmes must be involved in all our future developments.

At Exim, we create opportunities for youth empowerment, growth, leadership and creativity.


Onto an exciting community event …


West End Carnival Parade


What an absolutely amazing time Exim had leading the dance aspects of the West End Carnival Parade!  From leading workshops in the community and education settings, to creating the parade movement, and finally, leading the dance aspects of the parade.  Thank you to all the wonderful young people who joined us. Your energy and commitment was phenomenal, and we look forward to next year!



Photo Credit: West End Plymouth & Plymouth City Centre



Photo Credit: West End Plymouth & Plymouth City Centre


Onto an exciting workshop…


Many Hands Circus Workshop

A massive thank you to Sophie and Cat from Many Hands Circus for a wonderful acrobatic and movement workshop as part of our Secondary Fit and Fed Programme!
We all had so much fun and learnt some new tricks!




Onto some exciting news …


2023-24 Artist Space Scheme Cohort


We are so pleased to announce this years cohort of artists and companies awarded a place on our 2023-24 Studio Space Scheme!

This scheme is held at our community hub Oxford House Creative Hub and provides the cohort with access to FREE space over the next year as well as performance, CPD and mentoring opportunities too!

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks as we continue to announce the cohort individually and learn more about them!



Throughout the summer holidays, Exim has been providing FREE holiday Fit and Fed Programmes. Keep reading to find out more …


Exim Fit and Fed Summer Programmes


Exim has provided a total of four weeks throughout the summer holidays of their FREE Fit and Fed Programmes. These programmes include both Primary and Secondary groups, where they have taken part in workshops from Yoga with Haidee, Streetdance with Chris from Rythm City, and Stage Combat with Charlie from Crumbling Rocks.

The groups have also taken part in art and craft activities, learnt different dances, and overall have had a great time socialising with others and having fun!









Onto an upcoming event …


Family Movement Monday 18th September


These sessions consist of fun, theme-based movement activities for children in Plymouth, which incorporate games and props. They are open to family members and guardians with or without movement experience, offering a great opportunity to socialise with other families.

The next session is Monday 18th September 10am – 11am at Oxford House Creative Hub. 


Click here for a FREE space.



Photo Credit: Brett Lockwood