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January 11th, 2018.

A series of ‘fun shops’ for children to learn about confidence, self-esteem and resilience has proved a big success at a Seaford theatre.

Members of Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors (SMTJ) enjoyed six weekly sessions working with local mum, Wendy Reed, who started Remarkable Kids to help children feel good about themselves.

The free course finished just before Christmas and was held at the Barn Theatre in Seaford and funded by the Chalk Cliff Trust.

Paula Woolven, SMTJ’s founder and director, said: “We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to work with the Remarkable Kids’ programme for self-esteem thanks to funding from the Chalk Cliff Trust.

“It gave us an opportunity to continue our commitment to the great things that performing and creative arts can bring to children and young people. Wendy has made a massive impression on the participants of the scheme.

“The workshops (fun shops) are entertaining, empowering, encouraging and many other positive things beginning with E!”
Wendy, who is a former professional actress, said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with these wonderful young people over the six fun shops, we don’t call them workshops as that sounds far too dull.

“It’s never been more vital to equip young people with techniques and skills to boost their self-confidence and resilience due to the constant pressures social media can put upon their shoulders.

“The course involves a mixture of drama techniques, self-defence, discussion and games.

“Children and young people can be taught how to build their confidence and self-esteem just like they can learn about Maths, English or Drama Studies.”

As part of Remarkable Kids community payback policy Wendy donated £120 to local charity CTLA Community Transport.

For further information on Remarkable Kids visit

Pictured: Paula Woolven from the Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors (SMTJ), with Wendy Reed of Remarkable Kids and members of the SMTJ.