"Thanks again Matt -  to you, and your team for a really inspirational afternoon.  The immediate feedback from the group was so warm and positive and I really appreciate all the time and care you took to deliver such an uplifting session. I still tingle at the fact that [*Sarah] shared her story, the first time she has spoken about her terrible experience. Thank you.We will, of course, look forward to any future sessions which could involve Playback (and will pass the word among other groups)" 

Susan Allen - Neighbourhood approaches to loneliness Programme Support Worker- Joseph Rowntree Foundation

*some names have been changed for confidentiality   

"The Centre for Global Education York (CGE) have worked with NDB1 on a series of community arts events. The events have all involved community members, in particular BME (Black Minority Ethnic) people, in helping them share their stories and in turn build a greater understanding within the York community. Our experience of working with NDB1 has been outstanding. For the events to take place, this has required excellent communication, exemplary punctuality, great resourcefulness and skills that utilise empathy, sensitivity and creativity. We have been impressed by their level of professionalism and their dedication to work within and through communities.  We are delighted to be in a position to be able to fully endorse and strongly recommend the entire company expertly led by Matt . NDB1 in our opinion will be an asset to any future groups or organisations looking to promote and build better relationships within communities, through the arts."

Rosina Gilboy and Jenny Zobel - Global Education Consultants - Centre for Global Education York  

“We were delighted to be able to include the Next Door But One in a four day leadership programme designed to support registered care managers from across York and North Yorkshire. The actors were brilliant to work with providing both a pre-prepared sketch and effectively reacting to questions from delegate in full character. This part of the programme was really effective at bringing to life some of the issues that were being covered on the course and the feedback from all delegates indicated that it had been an enjoyable and valuable session. I would have no hesitation in working with the Next Door But One again and would recommend them to anybody wanting to create lively and innovative training sessions” 

Sue Vasey - Chief Executive - Your Consortium

"We have built up a fantastic working relationship and it is has been an absolute pleasure to work with Matt and Next Door But One. Their expertise and understanding of this very sensitive subject has been exemplary and their involvement in this year’s festival (York's Dead Good Festival) has undoubtedly helped to make it a success. We are looking forward to our continuing working relationship with Next Door But One on next year’s festival but also hope to join forces on smaller projects throughout the year too."

Theresa Barrett - Communications Manager - St Leonard's Hospice

 "Hi guys, went to your workshop this evening with some community members from Camphill, just wanted to say how great you guys were and although the workshop was not for support staff, I thoroughly enjoyed myself! The guys in the car on the way back were buzzing from doing it and are already talking about next week! I loved how interactive you guys were with our guys and even those that were too shy were able to have a voice. The work you do is amazing and there should be more people like you guys providing workshops like this!!! Keep up the great work!!!!!"

Samantha Herbert - Support Worker - Camphill Village Trust

"Over the last year we have been fortunate enough to be able to book some of the workshops and performances from Next Door but One , which have proved very successful and rewarding for all, and which we hope will continue to grow and develop. The team can work with all age groups and have had a very positive effect on our children, Young People and Young adults. This group offer a much-needed service in York: a great resource for us and other organisations, to tap into, and a service which helps to provide our Children and Young People with a wider range of experiences, enabling them to learn, grow and have fun."

Anne Stamp - Service Manager - The Snappy Trust

“Next Door but One have quite simply been brilliant. They have helped us adapt and deliver Arts based respite sessions to young carers aged 5-18 throughout the lock down period over zoom. They have demonstrated a real understanding of the needs of the young people we work with and have been able to be flexible and responsive to our requests. We are now looking to work with them in-person on a regular basis. The sessions are fun, safe and engaging for the participants, well planned, well delivered and very good value to put against our limited activities budget. Next Door But One have even provided us with fully funded sessions to fill the gap between our activities funding which has enabled us to keep continuity for the young carers. Here are some quotes from some recent participants who gave the sessions 10 out of 10 for enjoyment.”

Chris James - Lead Worker (Young Carers & Young Adult Carers Team) - York Carers Centre