Universal For Who: Your Silence Will Not Protect You A community that often feels disconnected, our stories forgotten in a systemthat refuses to listen... but the time has come to break the silence.Universal for who: your silence will not protect you is a series of creativeworkshops that aim to provide a welcoming space for people to connect through theirexperiences of being on universal credit. Societal discourse on receiving benefitsmakes sweeping generalisations, moulding us into a tick-box society, with littleconsideration of the individual circumstances that result in unemployment. Ouremotions and responses are downplayed and replaced with negative stereotypes.In light of recent cuts, how can we navigate these feelings, both old and new? Weare not offered a space to connect and build a community in which we can confrontour feelings together, until now.Universal for who: your silence will not protect you seeks to create a spacewhere we can explore this area of our identity unapologetically, allowing us tounderstand our own relationship with the benefits system, free of judgement andexpectation.Fortnightly sessions will provide a platform for authentic discussion and a chance tore-build a sense of belonging in our communities as we work towards weaving ourstories together to form a bold tapestry that will stand firm in the community, just likeus. We will support one another in this process whilst challenging discussion onuniversal credit and the wider benefits system.-------Sessions will be led by Tsipora St. Clair Knights, a recently graduated emergingmultidisciplinary artist whose work explores the complexities of identity throughmovement, film & spoken word.Tsipora has just completed Theatre Peckham’s Young Producer’s Scheme and iscurrently involved in the Black Writers’ Collective at Southwark Playhouse, OurCulture at Rising Arts & 100 Agents of Change Residency with In Place of War. Free event.