19 year old Shelby Bootle from Peckham in South East London spent her final year at college studying Performing Arts and is deeply passionate about working with young people, especially through Performing Arts, which allows them to create a safe platform for them to create and express as well as a platform for their voices to be heard and listened to. Shelby has worked as a volunteer with Bridge The Gap Studios, taking on the book “Silent Voices” written by Johnathan Toy, and creating a new play which is based on real stories of young people and the struggles they are facing.
In 2018, Shelby had a great opportunity to perform in Parliament in hand with the Youth Violence Commission and has also volunteered with the exclusive theatre company ‘Angel Shed Theatre’ for children aged 5-16. Angel Shed allows children to be themselves, allow their imagination to come out and to be proud of what they can achieve together.
Delivering workshops with Bridge The Gap Studios is what Shelby is currently working on and these early intervention sessions are focused on knife crime awareness, and have been delivered in multiple primary schools around south London.