Puppets For All and Education programme
We believe that no child should miss out on seeing magical puppetry theatre or taking part in creative projects because of social or economic circumstances. Our Puppets for All scheme provides free tickets and workshops for disadvantaged children particularly in Islington and surrounding boroughs.
This is an ongoing project - we fundraise for it annually.
The Little Angel Theatre
Islington is the fourth poorest borough in London and the eighth poorest in England. Islington has the second highest child poverty rate in London, 49% of children live below the poverty line. We believe that no child should be excluded from high quality, inspiring recreational activities on the basis of financial or social circumstances.
Little Angel aims to bring enjoyment and leisure activities to children's lives and that of their families. We aim to inspire children and broaden their aspirations for the future. Creative activities such as puppet making and performing help develop confidence, teamworking and social skills.
“This visit was a positive experience for our family to be together. We haven’t been able to go out recently.” (free ticket recipient)
To provide positive recreational activities for children and families
Activities» By providing free tickets to our performances and free places on our creative participation activities.
Success will be measured through feedback received from participants and workshop leaders showing that the experience was beneficial to them personally and as a family.
We aim to raise the confidence and self esteem of participants through performing activities, and increase teamwork and sociability skills through puppet making and performing activities. A positive relationship with theatre will be demonstrated by families' desires to return to the theatre to take part in future activities or see performances.
We have over 10 years of experience of delivering education and participation projects. The project will be managed by our experienced Education Officer. All our staff and volunteers have CRB checks. We continually monitor and evaluate the project as it continues, to ensure we deal with any problems that arise swiftly and effectively.
We produce an annual report about the project with pictures of activities and feedback from participants. Any specific requirements by donors can also be met with sufficient notice.
Budget - Project Cost: £20,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £14,000 Theatre tickets Tickets for children and adults to see performances at Little Angel £1,500 Programmes/refresments Free for all children and adults at shows £3,200 Workshop leader fees/materials Freelance leader fees and materials for puppet making workshops £1,300 Marketing/admin/print Project management, evaluation, outreach marketing and overheads
The project takes place at Little Angel Theatre in Islington, one of only 3 puppet theatres in England. Workshops take place at our the St Mary's Neighbourhood Centre next door.
We work with over 40 local groups that support children and families in economically or socially disadvantaged circumstances, ensuring that this scheme benefits those most in need. Participating groups in the past have included Minik Kardez Nursery (working with Turkish children), New River Green Children’s Centre (working with children on one of Islington’s largest estates), Haringey Autism and The Pirate Castle (working in Camden's estates).
We are a unique theatre, one of only 3 puppet theatres in England. Puppetry is a highly accessible way to discover theatre and the arts, particularly for children with learning disabilities and those who have English as a second language. We have over 10 years of experience in delivering high quality educational activities and our theatre has produced excellent puppetry theatre for over 50 years.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Sarah, our Education Officer, manages our outreach activities. She is a former primary school teacher and has 8 years experience in the arts.
Slavka, our Education Manager, oversees our education and participation projects ensuring high quality delivery of activities and continued monitoring