Project information

Tottenham Youth Volunteer Angels @ Haringey Shed

To provide 100 volunteer short and medium term opportunities for young people of Tottenham 14 - 21 years, so that Haringey Shed can increase the number of 7 - 16 year olds accessing the inclusive performing arts programme, aimed at all young people regardless of ability, disability or disadvantage

January 2014 - December 2014

Charity information: Haringey Shed

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  • Need


    Tottenham, identified recently by the Mayor's Office as "one of London's most deprived neighbourhoods" has significantly fewer working aged people in employment than the London average - around 54% locally compared with 69%. It has been in the news regularly recently with stories on gang problems, rioting and general youth disaffection. We have a waiting list of young people wanting to volunteer but there is a need for a structured programme to provide the training and support to achieve this.


    Haringey Shed will run a volunteer programme for disadvantaged and at-risk young people from 14 - 21 which will recruit, train, place and support volunteers in a range of opportunities in the theatre company working with young people of all abilities. These opportunities will not only encourage young people to start to volunteer but also give them the confidence to become regular volunteers in their communities and give them new skills and experiences meeting their employment goals.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide volunteer opportunities for 100 disadvantaged and at-risk youngsters from 14-21 in Tottenham


    » Run 10 recruitment workshops at local secondary schools & pupil exclusion units over the year
    » Include 100 new young people by organising and delivering taster opportunities at Haringey Shed

    By recording numbers of young people volunteering. Monitoring age, ethnicity, postcode, special needs.

    Aim 2

    To develop a training programme to equip the youth volunteers with the skills necessary to deliver


    » Run 6 volunteer training workshops to equip the volunteers with the skills necessary to carry out their placements

    By assessing their percieved levels of confidence, competence and knowledge, through entry and exit surveys and regular surveys throughout.
    By monitoring attendance on courses.

    Aim 3

    To use the power of the youth volunteers to increase our delivery of performing arts for 11 - 16yrs


    » Increase the low cost places available as numbers of volunteers increase. The ratio will depend on the needs of the children and young people.

    To record the numbers of young people attending activities and track increases in attendances and number of sessions delivered.

  • Impact


    The project will equip provide more inclusive performing arts activities for 7 - 16 year olds, with higher levels of support for children with disabilitiesand Special Educational Needs. As well as creating a culture of volunteering through role models in an area where there are few opportunities. Offering volunteering opportunities to disadvantaged and vulnerable young people will contribute to tackling inequalities through improved educational attainment and skills development


    Recruitment could be a challenge as at-risk young people are often hard to reach. However, we already have a track record of attracting volunteers and excellent contacts with the local authority and schools in the area. Vulnerable youngsters can also lack social skills such as punctuality and time management but the training and supervision are designed to address these issues and the volunteers will be part of an experienced team which will support them in this.


    A six-monthly newsletter on our website will detail progress of project. There will be volunteer blogs in addition to opportunities to attend performances and rehearsals and see volunteers in action.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Volunteer Manager To oversee the recruitment and development of vounteers
      £3,000 Volunteer Training For session on inclusive theatre, safeguarding, communication skills, etc.
      £3,000 Office and Administration To accomodate Vol Mgr and manage
      £2,000 Volunteer expenses Including travel, refreshments and reasonable out of pocket expenses
  • Background


    Haringey Shed is located in Tottenham in the London Borough of Haringey. It is a richly diverse community - almost three-quarters of Haringey’s children and young people come from ethnic minority communities and speak 130 languages between them. However, the area faces great social challenges as seen in the 2011 summer riots and our local Northumberland Park ward is one of the 10% most deprived wards in England where 48% of children are living in poverty.


    Local young people who are disadvantaged socially, economically and physically. 30% of our members have special needs, such as autism, Downs Syndrome, cerebral palsy or need extra support due to behavioural issues. Some of them are in wheelchairs, others are deaf or have a visual impairment and yet others have a range of learning disabilities. The current membership of Haringey Shed is 86% black and ethnic minority and we expect our volunteers to reflect this also.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Haringey Shed has been running performing arts workshops & delivering schools outreach programmes in Tottenham since 2000. Its aim is to advance the education of disadvantaged and disabled young people, through performing arts regardless of ability in order to encourage independence and integration into the community. We are inclusive - there are no auditions, everyone is welcome. We have a strong youth leadership with youth volunteering at the centre of our ethos which we need to build on now.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ashling McGee

    As Company Mgr has worked with Haringey Shed for over 4 years. She works tirelessly supporting parents and volunteers so children can access the arts

    Adrian Harper

    Artistic Project Leader, lead on Youth Theatre and creates the productions which makes participation in Haringey Shed so memorable for children and YP

    Stacey McKnight

    25 yrs old, with Haringey Shed from the beginning; first as a member of Youth Theatre, then volunteer and now a paid member of the artistic team.

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