Project information

Summer Holiday Smash

To open our Summer Holiday courses to those who can't afford them so they can act, dance, sing, build confidence and have a great time in a place where they feel they are wanted and valued. We want to fund:
concession places for low income families

July 2016 - August 2016

Charity information

Montage Theatre Arts

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  • Need


    A lack of affordable or free Summer Holiday activities for the poorest children in the borough so they have somewhere to go and something to do that unleashes their creativity, their potential and builds their confidence. Lewisham is one of the poorest boroughs in London and arts provision is continually being cut. Montage is dedicated to providing a safe place for children to go, make friends and learn creative skills and is committed to offering as many concession and free places as possible.


    9.30-4.30 for one, two or three weeks (their choice) local children can take part of in our performing arts summer holiday courses learning to sing, dance and act culminating in musical performances at the end of each week for family and friends. They will have a safe, affordable place to go. Our teachers have expertise with social and behavioural challenges and a lot of experience working with children referred by social services and children who are carers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage children creatively and give them a positive experience of performing.


    » Singing classes
    » Dance classes
    » Drama classes

    There will be visual documentation of the course. We will also issue feedback forms to those who hold concession or free places so we can continually improve our offerings.

  • Impact


    We hope that some of the children will also enrol in our after-school and Saturday classes and our youth dance and drama companies (depending on age). One way to show success will be to assess take-up from Holiday course to term time involvement.


    We have been running the Summer Holiday Programme for some years so all risks have been assessed and are low. The risk this year would be to ensure that we have the right staff and enough volunteer support to handle greater numbers and children with diverse needs. Some of the funding will be used to pay volunteer expenses and offer training to those who need it. NB all our volunteers have enhanced DBS checks and many have worked with us on multiple occasions.


    We will send a minimum of two email updates - one outlining the aims of the programme and one reporting on the success/lessons learned - including feedback from the children and families themselves.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,880

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,680 Concession Places 24 concession places over three weeks are £75 per place with a £70 shortfall to full price rate.
      £2,320 Scholarship places 16 scholarship places to be offered via social services and local groups for children who are carers
      £300 Volunteer Expenses For a total of 15 volunteers across 15 days offering £20 per day expenses
      £300 Administration Extra work for courses manager will cost extra £20 per day for 15 days
      £280 Lunches Packed lunches for 16 scholarship place children at £3.50 for five days per child
  • Background


    MTA focuses its work in Lewisham, among most deprived boroughs in the UK, where 27% of children under 19 live in households with no adult in employment and which is one of the 10 most deprived in the UK. On average 35% of MTA attendees are from low-income families. Approximately 50% of participants are black or minority-ethnic in a borough where 43% of the population is BAME.
    Participants in MTA activities are often referred through schools/social care teams/young carer support networks


    Low income families
    Children in care
    Children who are carers
    Children with special educational needs
    The community as a whole, as vulnerable children are given an alternative to street culture, crime and disaffection.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Montage was set up in 1998 and has a respected track record for offering excellent and vital opportunities for children, young people and adults from the local community including 33 weekly classes for 33 weeks per year, School Holiday Programmes with additional 300 children, managing over 40 teachers and volunteers and running youth dance and drama companies that perform borough and London wide.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kate Thornton - Courses Manager

    Kate runs the entire programme on site managing the teachers, volunteers, students and parent relations as well as the performance day cake sale.

    Alex Webster, Courses Manager Assistant

    Alex manages the volunteers, liaises with the teachers and supports Kate with all her responsibilities as well as running the lighting for the shows

    Julie Clare - General Manager

    Liaise with partner organisations to recruit concession rate and scholarship students, plan artistic content with teachers and oversee the course

    Emma Hobday - Administrator

    Emma manages all the bookings, briefs all concerned re children with special needs and supports all planning and logistics


Pays for a concession place that can change a child's life.

I am very thankful with this school, because they have been working with my daughter with autism for two years now and have gone beyond my expectations....(Montage) charge a consessionary fee for her courses, which is a great help for my family.

Montage Parent