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Project information

Living Space

In our Living Space we are aiming to construct a vibrant, colourful, creative Space for young people, allowing them to learn and grow naturally, to be who they want to be in an atmosphere which allows them to truly Live.

March 2011 - August 2011

Charity information: The Yellow House

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  • Need


    Most of the young people could be described as ‘hard-to-reach’: a disruptive home life, or a mental or physical disability, or somehow ‘different’ and excluded, with a distinct lack of support and guidance from their family, school, peers. The young people who come to Yellow House see this place, our Living Space, as the only environment where they feel safe and secure, wanted and appreciated, where they can develop, form friendships, and most importantly not feel like permanent outsiders.


    Every week there will be eight sessions - at The Yellow House and other sessions/performances/visits/youth exchanges outside the House - the sessions will be led by experienced youth, arts and cultural workers, - each session will include visits and outreach as well as training at the House.Part of Yellow House’s goal is to recreate a healthy family environment, which so many young people miss out on at home. To us, this means cooking together, eating together, and sharing experiences.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To improve the self-esteem and confidence in a group of disadvanatged young people .


    » Meet with young people - create an atmosphere of openess -through games
    » Getting to know yourself through games and exercises - name games, who am I, what I like about myself, what I like about my friends in the project
    » Increasing and developing communication skills - speaking clearly, saying your name without fear of ridicule.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the group be articulate with each other,open and willing to talk in front of each other. To raise their own expectations.

    Aim 2

    To develop a healthy life style, better eating and more exercise.


    » Planting our own food in The Yellow House garden
    » Developing the garden and picking food
    » Cooking food together and eating at a table with time for talk and discussion.

    What success will look like

    Success will be getting the group to eat more vegetables and fruit and less fast food.

    Aim 3

    Developing new skills and wider cultural knowledge


    » Weekly sessions using Apple, digital video and cameras - editing, pblishing.
    » Watching world cinema and diversity films to increase our knowledge of the world - discussions around the issues raised in the films
    » Reading newspapers, books, magazines together - discussions and debates about issues raised concerning young people in the world.

    What success will look like

    Success will be to use sophisticated cameras, make short films, have some knowledge of art, culture, literature and world issues.

  • Impact


    To change the young people's lives, from one of feeling as an outsider, not important, not valued, to a valued and active citizen, wiling and able to participate in all aspects of society. To take part in issues affecting their community and make valued contributions. To increase their knowledge and skill enabling them to at least look for ways in further education, training and employment. We will keep records of their progress, diaries, photographic and video reports.


    There are no major risks only funding issues.We are looking to other Funders. The only other risk is uptake - but we have a positive relationship with young people and are well know for our work with disadvantaged young people. We will contact other agencies working with young people.


    Written reports
    Photographic and visual reports
    Invite visits
    Annual reports and accounts
    Reports by the participants
    Monitoring forms if required

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,140

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,400 Workshops 20 sessions in theatre, games and cookery
      £3,500 Space For sessions at Yellow House
      £1,200 Skills workshops Apple, Final Cut Pro, Editing
      £800 Admin Stationery, IT equipment, support
      £840 Travel Young people and cultural visits
      £1,400 Planting,shopping Gardening and shopping

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Morgan Foundation £3,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Yellow House is based in Liverpool. it is space for young people, open on a daily basis.


    Youth unemployment is a major issue - one fifth of teenagers leave school so illiterate and innumerate that they are incapable of dealing with the challenges of every day life and find it hard to “partake fully in employment, family life, citizenship and to enjoy reading for its own sake “ These are the young people Yellow House work with.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a consistent record of 25 years of work with young people. We are involved on a daily basis with direct work with socially disadvantaged young people. We are well know to all youth agencies who recommend young people to us. We work in schools, especially Special Needs Schools, on anti name calling and anti bullying projects wher we meet our users directly.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    George Mc Kane

    Overall project Co-ordinator and workshop leader in self esteem and confidence workshops

    Helen Jones

    Cooking, gardening and personal support

    Anthony Potts

    Cameras and IT