Project information

Amplify Yourself - Outreach Engagement

Music and arts workshops to deprived communities in London by using a mobile music studio housed in a single decker bus to work with young people throughout the summer holidays to build confidence, skills & positive activities to raise the moral and to and to create a sense of community cohesion.

July 2017 - August 2017

Charity information: The Young Urban Arts Foundation Limited

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  • Need


    Due to the crisis for youth services following the financial cuts from all government bodies, young people are becoming more vulnerable to gangs, drugs and becoming self-excluders from education and society. Especially within communities that are in poverty, with little access to summer provision, this is a critical time for young people to be focused on activities that enrich their lives to prevent becoming victims of gang related activities or crime in particular.


    The Urban Arts Media bus is an ourtreach engagement tool to attract young people to urban arts interventions, which they already have a keen interest in. We know from
    delivering outreach interventions within communities for 8 years it has been proven to not only increase confidence, skills and self-worth but by working with our local partners, we are able to offer pathways into further education and development such as, apprenticeships, mental health support and employability.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Engage 150 young people over 20 sessions through positive creative activities to raise aspirations


    » Deliver Music Production workshop on the Urban Arts Media Bus to build skills and confidence
    » Deliver T-Art workshops to encourage self-expression, build skills and as a form of therapy
    » Refer young people onto a mentoring scheme to develop further

    What success will look like

    Using our monitoring and evaluation methods, progress tracking, attendance records & working closely with community development officers to track progress and development.

  • Impact


    The project will create long term impact to the lives of the young people we work with, raising their aspirations and creating behavioural and mindsets adjustments. Based on previous impact of projects, reported a reduction in anti-social behavior measured by neighbourhood teams and local housing associations and an increase in young people engaging in volunteering and applying themselves more in school.


    1.The space allocated for the bus could be taken by residents – we work with the housing associations to secure parking for the bus
    2. Being intimidated by dangerous individuals within the community – we have a large ratio of staff, who are trained and follow strict protocols in line with our risk assessments
    3. Low attendance of young people – we will market the activity for one month before the project through flyers, social media and housing association will post letters to residents


    We will:
    1. Produce a final summary report
    2. Post current updates on social media
    3. Produce a case study and post/email to donors

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Artist Facilitator Fees 2 x Artist Fac. £100 per session + 5 sessions planning time
      £1,500 Leader In Charge Youth Worker Flat rate for 20 sessions
      £1,200 Assistant Youth Worker Flat rate for 20 sessions
      £2,000 Bus Driver Fees £100 per session
      £2,000 Fuel £50 travel & £50 for generator per session
      £1,700 Logistics Coordination Admin, marketing, coordination of workshops & staff
      £1,600 T-Art Materials TShirts, Spray paints, Stencils and safety wear £80 per session

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Make Positive £500 Conditional
    Catalyst Housing £5,000 Conditional
    Dentons Enteprise £2,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The project will be delivered across three London Boroughs, Southall, Ealing & the City of London.
    All housing estates we will work with have high levels of poverty and deprivation with no funding for summer activities available, this project is needed to help to build the moral and a sense of community and to ensure there are positive activities available for the young people who need it.


    Young people aged 8 -19 years, who come from families on a low income or unemployed, who cannot afford to pay for summer schemes, young people whodo not have parents or responsible carers or those who are at risk of being victims of gangs or drug related activities.

    Members of the community will benefit because the young people will be engaged in positive activities instead of being bored and finding other ways, which potentially could create problems within the community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Young Urban Arts have successfully been delivering outreach engagement projects within hard to reach communities for 8 years and have a great track record, references are available upon request.

    ‘Urban Arts sessions have proved very popular with young people on our estates and offer an interesting and diverse programme to choose from. We have found working with them a very positive experience.’ London & Quadrant

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kerry O'Brien

    Founder, who is highly experienced in project managing outreach engagement and passionate about improving the lives of young people

    Amanda Brown

    Lead Youth Worker - Degree in Community Youth Work Development, 17 years experience in working with hard to reach youth

    Stephanie Turner

    10 years of experience of artist facilitation with hard to reach groups