Project information

East End Shed

East End Shed is determined to fund its 2015 workshops for children and young people to help break down the barriers of child poverty, deprivation and prejudice in Tower Hamlets. Through our vibrant, collaborative children's and youth theatres we will empower young people to fulfil their potential.

April 2015 - December 2015

Charity information: East End Shed

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  • Need


    “Tower Hamlets has the highest rate of child poverty in London…' ( Many of the children we work with at East End Shed face significant disadvantage and come from very challenging home lives. They need access to creativity and an opportunity to have a voice, most of all they need confidence, literacy and the chance to stand tall and fulfil their potential. The work East End Shed does contributes hugely to this.


    By providing our regular, secure, creative environment where everyone is welcome, regardless of background, disability or ability to pay. Anyone can attend and we don't hold auditions. At East End Shed everyone who wants to access the arts has the right and the ability to do so. We create a space where everyone can suggest ideas and have a voice and make mistakes. We have seen the huge benefits in confidence, social cohesion and artistic talent in our young people - and we want to reach more.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make ourselves known and accessible to as many young people in Tower Hamlets as possible


    » Run outreach workshops in local schools. Spend more hours enhancing the website and social network. Place marketing materials in community spaces.

    What success will look like

    Success will increase in the number of children and young people who regularly access their right to inclusive theatre and to the social and educational benefits therein.

    Aim 2

    To ensure that inclusive theatre is continuous, secure and active in the young people's lives.


    » Advertise for more volunteers to support us. Increase the essential paid admin and fundraising hours that contribute to the running of the workshops.

    What success will look like

    Success will the evidence that we have already seen; the participants grow in confidence, can exercise their creativity, develop communication and collaborative skills.

    Aim 3

    To produce more large scale performance opportunities, complete with costume, sound and lighting.


    » Prepare a production with a costume budget, ready for a full scale, high quality new show that involves the young people's contribution and ideas.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...interest generated in the theatre company from potential and local fundraisers and the young performers have been involved in an exciting, new live performance.

  • Impact


    Regular evaluation and feedback forms from the young people and their parents and carers already demonstrate our success: “My child is disabled. It has boosted her confidence and her behaviour is getting better.” As a regular feature in our participants lives, we provide a safe platform for development and growth. If we can are able to expand our resources it means that even more young people will experience these changes. “She becomes the person she imagines she can be." (parent)


    The risks are that the number of participants will grow and we do not have enough practitioners to provide the group and one to one support that is essential for inclusive work. The risk is dealt with by regular advertising for brilliant volunteers, who are able to see their own development in workshop leading skills, experience the fun East End Shed provides and give up so much time to be regular and reliable role models and mentors for the children and young people.


    Any funders will receive regular updates of the charity's success and news, as well as always being special guests at any performances , where they can see first hand what their support has enabled - confidence, enjoyment and exciting talent from a group of brilliant and inspiring young people.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Workshop and admin Fees for leading workshops and admin hours
      £400 Printing Leaflets and promotional posters for shows and workshops
      £600 Materials Costumes/CDs/tools used for drama activities in workshops
  • Background


    East End Shed is based in Tower Hamlets, which is currently one of the most deprived boroughs in London. We our proud to be a vibrant, multicultural, inclusive environment providing safe and exciting opportunities for self expression and growth. Our projects explore and are inspired by the rich culture, personalities and history of Tower Hamlets and encourage the participants to feel they belong and have identity grounded in a very special borough and community.


    With many theatre classes now hugely expensive, the children and youth theatre groups provide an arts experience that is accessible and empowering for everyone. Members can be confident that they are being facilitated by highly experienced artists and practitioners, feel free to exercise ideas and be listened to and showcase their talent without the worry of expensive fees or being limited due to a disability.
    Everyone; young people, parents, practitioners grow through their time at the Shed.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    On our team we have a speech therapist, a teacher, actors, musicians, a journalist and highly experienced community drama practitioners. Our combined expertise and experience within and without theatre and training in inclusive engagement with young people ensures that our members can participate in an exciting theatrical production, and more importantly, gain a range of life skills in a secure environment.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ruth Brock

    Ruth is Chief Exec, and has led EES from a small weekly children's theatre group to a thriving charity with many projects in Tower Hamlets.

    Roxan Kamali

    Roxan is Artistic Director and ensures that we maintain a high standard of inclusive theatre, and reach out to as many young people as possible!

"When I first came I was crying because I was scared but I enjoy drama now. It has helped me with my singing. And I am braver.

Children's Theatre Member