Tom Tynan

Winchester, Hampshire

Claire has worked with the residents of Milesdown since 1999. She uses her excellent interpersonal skills to enable our young people to express their emotions, concerns and fears in a safe environment. Claire is passionately committed to the young people with whom she works, and provides an invaluable service by continuing to engage and support those who have left care and those who have moved to secure units. The high standard of work Claire is able to elicit continues to surprise and delight staff here.

Tom Tynan
Residential Social Worker
Milesdown Children’s Home 

Professor Tim Prentki

Winchester, Hampshire

Claire MacNeill epitomises integrity in all aspects of her practice. She is a highly accomplished and experienced practitioner of most areas in educational theatre who prepares meticulously for workshops but is always able to think on her feet and adapt to the needs of participants. She is particularly skilled in working with vulnerable young people where her sensitivity and highly developed capacity for empathy shine through. Claire sets herself the highest standards in all areas of her work and delivers to those standards.

Tim Prentki
Professor of Theatre for Development,

The University of Winchester 

Suha Al-Khayyat

London

Claire is a highly skilled film maker and drama workshop leader, committed to making a difference in the lives of those she works with . She has a very wide skill base which extends to a variety of ages and groups, particularly those with complex needs. What particularly stands out is Claire’s passion for working with young people. She puts their needs at the forefront of her mind, making sure they have a rich experience at all times. Claire works extremely well with other professionals, collaborating effectively and producing work of an very high level, both technically and artistically.

Suha Al-Khayyat
Director of Little Fish Theatre Company 

 

Emily Godowski

London

Faced with the challenge of creating a promenade piece set in Victorian times, Claire led a diverse group expertly through a series of stimulating exercises. We worked individually and in groups to create scenarios and develop authentic characters culminating in some very convincing and colourful depictions of Victorian slums and market squares! Claire painstakingly put together a mini-museum of Victoriana with photographs and interesting facts about customs of the day so that we were totally immersed in the period by the end of the workshop. Claire showed passion and commitment throughout and was a very engaging facilitator.

Emily Godowski

Putney Arts Theatre 

 

Fycsene Shields

Ealing, London

Claire worked within the Community Development Team at Catalyst for two years. Her job title was Community Development Officer, but she exceeded this in terms of her contribution. Claire's intelligence and original ideas shone through her work. She developed innovative and unique ways of involving even the most marginalised and hard to reach groups of young people. Her projects were exciting, fun to be involved with and inspired other team members. She not only developed youth participation in Catalyst with impressive results, but was also able to produce video, artwork and involvement tools, which were original and insightful. After Claire left Catalyst, we continued to employ her on a consultancy basis to work on discreet stand alone projects and I would highly recommend every aspect of her work. She brings experience, skill, originality and value for money to everything she is involved with.

Fycsene Shields
Owner of The Crosses of Annagh Licensed Music Venue (previous manager at Catalyst Housing Limited) 

Julian Vayne

Barnstaple, North Devon

We have been fortunate to have Claire working with us at The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon on a number of community projects. With a great mixture of technical knowledge, creative flair and people skills she helped us to deliver a number of ground-breaking activities, facilitating both on-going workshops and being a critical member of the team for events involving hundreds of participants.

Julian Vayne,

Outreach and Learning Officer, The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon 

Peter Kelly

London

Claire is simply superb at what she does. Her ability to tease out responses from people with learning disabilities that were both insightful and from the heart has come from years of experience. That experience, linked with her personality, work ethic and passion for what she does ensures results are always of the highest order. I could not recommend Claire highly enough.

Peter Kelly

Trustee, Friends for Friends Charity

 

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