About

Reboot the Roots – empowering change through dialogue

Reboot the Roots is a charity that promotes social inclusion through the arts. We use theatre, music and workshops to support people who are denied their rights to full, happy and active participation in society. This includes those recovering from addiction, people with experience of homelessness or statelessness, and individuals who have been in conflict with the law.

Our current work includes:

  • Facilitating workshops with the socially excluded – people who are detached from broader society and prevented from leading what we might call a normal, healthy life.
  • Training other organisations and NGOs in techniques of art for inclusion, giving them the skills to go on and train others. Using our expertise in this area and collaborating with other skilled facilitators, we offer programmes of engaging, effective workshops to help anyone use art for social change.
  • Supporting other practitioners to achieve their goals through logistical support, consultation and funding.

We believe that creative tools for social transformation can end alienation and exclusion, enabling people to participate fully and equally in society. To find out more, please get in touch.

WHO WE ARE

Reboot the Roots was established by a group of friends in 2010. Today, it is run by voluntary trustees and our Creative Director, George.

George Wielgus – Creative Director

George is a practitioner of the Theatre of the Oppressed, writer, performance poet and natural farmer who has travelled extensively across Europe and Asia working with groups ranging from the homeless in London, subsistence farmers in India, victims of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, to recovering heroin addicts and street kids in Kuala Lumpur. He has a decade of experience as a facilitator and educator in fields ranging from TESOL and dramatherapy to drug rehabilitation and conflict resolution. He qualified in his Certificate in Joker Training and Certificate in Rainbow of Desire whilst working with Cardboard Citizens in 2010.

Hannah Sneyd - Co-Creative Director

Hannah Sneyd (Hanu) is a creative arts practitioner from Devon, UK specialising in embodied group process and applied drama. She uses the praxes of the Theatre of the Oppressed, Rainbow of Desire and The Work that Reconnects to explore themes including consent, anti-bullying in schools, gender, sexuality and mental health. Previously she worked as a scientific and documentary researcher.

RICHARD JULIAN – CHAIR OF TRUSTEES

Richard worked at ‘SGOSS – Governors for Schools’ from 2007 to 2014 doing numerous jobs for the UK’s leading school governor recruitment charity. He has experience of marketing, communications, fundraising, leading campaigns, recruitment, business development and more. During this time he completed his MA with distinction in Charity Management at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham. In 2014, Richard began volunteering for Abriendo Mentes, a community education charity based in Playa Potrero, Costa Rica. This has since led to a full-time position of Development Director. Richard has also fundraised for Guildford Hockey Club, consulted for the Wandsworth Care Alliance and been a School Governor at Gorringe Park Junior School.

ABIGAIL SAMPSON – TRUSTEE

Abigail is Director of Casa Brasilito, a project in rural Guanacaste, Costa Rica, working to create a safe and welcoming environment to promote participation in and enthusiasm for learning, raise the aspirations of the community and empower individuals to shape their own future. Day to day this involves working with the local Spanish speaking community to coordinate a programme of events, raise the profile of the organisation, encourage support from local businesses and manage volunteers. Abigail has experience from the UK and abroad in proposal writing, project management and fundraising but lately has taken a keen interest in impact measurement and working towards finding better ways to demonstrate the impact of community development work. In her spare time Abigail enjoys making the most of the tropical beaches near her house, exploring Costa Rica and brushing up her Spanish skills.

LUCI SANAN – TRUSTEE

Luci is a senior consultant in the international television industry, having developed and sold television programmes globally. Luci provides strategic and commercial advice to companies in the content industry. Luci is a passionate animal lover and holds a diploma in Canine Behaviour & Psychology and an accreditation as a dog trainer, and together with her husband runs as dog training and day care facility. Luci provides volunteer assistance for dog rescue centres around the south east. Always a keen traveller, Luci has travelled extensively around the world, participating in numerous charity projects including teaching in Vietnam and monitoring turtle breeding in Australia. Luci lives with her husband, Pierre in rural Bedfordshire with three dogs, chickens and ducks. In her spare time Luci enjoys reading, running and traveling.

PAUL WIELGUS

Paul has practiced meditation for over 25 years, and before waking up to the reality of the Ecological crisis, he previously facilitated and coached mindfulness based projects in organisations, charities and NGO’s internationally. He now splits his time between work with XR and his role as co-founder of Reboot The Roots, as well as fully embracing life in Somerset, his favourite county, with partner Ros and cat Oliver Twist.

Paul Wielgus
“Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.”
Augusto Boal, Games For Actors & Non-Actors
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