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Friends of the flamingo

I know! It's a lot of words, but important stuff (you might like to know) if you are considering collaborating with us!

Here are a few of our friends and collaborators.

We hope you may become one of them....

OAA Team - Qualifications and training 

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Some Of Those We Have Worked With

Shakespeare's Globe

St Mungo’s

Aspire Oxford

Katherine Low Settlement

Oxford Playhouse

Recovery Street F

Omnibus Theatre

Playing ON Theatre Company


The Harbor provides Recovering Addict Support in Lambeth

National Autistic Society

Crystal Palace Festival

Critical Stage Company and Only Connect

Raging Calm Productions

Lambeth Drugs and Alcohol Services

Wandsworth Recovery and Outreach Team

Outside Edge Theatre Company

The Sunflower Cafe - Dementia project

and many more…

A note on our( long ago) prison worshops..

We have been asked about this: so here it is...

We have worked with:-

Person or individual with prior justice system involvement; Person or individual previously incarcerated; Person or individual with justice history. Parolee, Probationer, Detainee.

During our several decades at St Mungo’s and at many other project's including  The Harbour Brixton and Aspire Oxford (2022).

Facilitating workshops and self discovery through creativity.

A much older but greatly valued and always well remembered project....


HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs with Outside Edge Theatre Company.

Working in HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs with a group of men serving a life Imprisonment term. This was part of the RAPt (the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust) works to help people with drug or alcohol dependence, both in prison and in the community, overcome the grip of addiction and lead positive lives, free from drugs and crime. 

Jeanette (OAA) is a qualified drug worker and a member of the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Practitioners - FDAP 


Weekly workshops over many months, working with lived experience.

Attendees lived experience and creative input were shared to create a new piece of theatre 'Ordinary People’. This was then performed, to the rest of the prison, on a number of occasions.

Ordinary People was written and produced as piece of Forum Theatre.

Forum Theatre uses theatre to achieve social aims. It is a form of theatre that encourages audience interaction and explores different options for dealing with a problem or issue. Forum Theatre is often used by socially excluded and disempowered groups.

Please also see our Hello you! Dementia-friendly Creativity section for specific Arts in Dementia training.



BSc (Hons) in Psychology and MSc in Neuroscience

BA (Hons) in Drama and English Literature 

Amanda is currently studying (part-time) 'Art in Therapy' at London Art House 


She has combined her skills and passions to bring the healing power of drama into healthcare.

Working in care homes Amanda has developed programmes to promote wellbeing and help residents with dementia enjoy their remaining memories through music and movement.

Katie- Art Psychotherapist

Katie is an Artist, Arts Educator and Art Psychotherapist who has directed her art making towards collaborative projects and participatory art making. Katie has worked as an art therapist and community artist with vulnerable adults and young people in London, Brighton, Ecuador, Greece and France.


Has worked in social inclusion for over thirty years.

PTTLS+  Preparing to teach in the life long learning sector - 

Cambridge University 

NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care - Jeanette is a qualified drugs worker and member of the Federation of Drug & Alcohol Professionals (FDAP)

European Act - RADA International Institute of Performing Arts - Paris and Berlin  - Focus on theatre-in-eduction in mental health services.

CPCAB Counselling level two in Counselling Skills

CPCAB Counselling level three in Counselling studies

H.N.D Performing Arts

Hello you! Dementia-friendly Arts in Dementia training.


Some of the additional courses /training attended by Amanda and Jeanette: 

NCFE Level 3 Bespoke Award In Volunteer Management

NCFE Leading Activities for vulnerable people 

EDI Level 2 Award in Equality and Diversity

Homeless Link - Engage and Empower

Reflective Partnership Ltd - Facilitating  Groups 

ASSET HRD Equity and Diversity for Managers

Blenheim DP ITEP - Effective Psychological Intervensions

Turning Point - Developing a culturally sensitive approach to working with black and minority (BME) service users

British Association of Social Workers - Drugs and Alcohol today 

Relate Training and Education - Emotional Intelligence

MHFA Mental Health First Aid 

Reed Learning Emotional Intelligence at work 

Central Training Mental Health part 1&2


Charles Bland

Without Charles, Open Access Arts and the flamingo may not have taken flight. His encouragement, support, knowledge, experience, generosity of spirit, humanity and humour have been invaluable. Thank you Charles, from the Flamingo and us all!

Charles has held trustee and advisory roles in a number of charities, including  Chair of Lepra, a medical charity working in South Asia and East Africa. He has also been involved in community arts development.

He is now the Chair of Belpech Trust,.

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Amanda and Jeanette


Works mainly behind the scenes at OAA.

Drama Studio London - Honours 

European Act -

RADA International Institute of Performing Arts - Paris and Berlin (where Jeanette and V met)

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