Project information

GLYPT's youth theatres and inclusion programmes

We run 18 groups throughout the year engaging over 400 of the most disadvantaged children & young people (aged 2-25) in Greenwich and Lewisham.

We empower young people through drama & the arts and give them the opportunity to produce & experience high quality theatre

30 weeks per year over three terms

Charity information: Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre (GLYPT)

Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre (GLYPT) logo
  • Need

    Need

    We are trying to empower those who are marginalised in society, hard-to-reach or at the risk of exclusion.
    Our young people live in some of the most deprived wards in the country:
    • 3640 children in Greenwich & 15% of Lewisham young people have mental health disorders; 6000 have emotional and behavioural difficulties. 50% higher than national average.
    • 64% of our current participants are in the top 25% most deprived areas of UK
    • Both boroughs have above-average rates of looked after Children

    Solution

    Young people will work with arts tutors and therapists towards a shared goal, solving creative problems to create theatre.

    We will build confidence and self-esteem in children & young people, and give them the ability to work cooperatively.

    Sessions are designed specifically for our participants. We structure sessions at appropriate pace and adjust activities to enable young people to build skills and achieve a little more each week in a safe and supportive environment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give those with limited access to the arts a chance to make this integral to their lives

    Activities

    » 7 youth theatre groups ages 2 - 19 (3 in Lewisham & 4 in Greenwich). 10 Weekly sessions over 3 terms culminating in a sharing of the work.
    » 11 inclusion groups ages 8 -25 with children & young people with learning disabilities & mental ill health run by arts tutors and drama thearpists

    success will be improved social & communication skills, confidence & self-esteem for children and young people across our programmes


  • Impact

    Impact

    The project will reduce isolation rates for those young people with mental ill-health and learning disabilities. We will monitor the aims we set above on a regular basis during and after the programme. Success will be 75% of our inclusion participants showing improved communication & social skills. We will also track the progress of young people once they leave our mainstream youth theatres. Success will be if 10 people p.a. gain employment and/or go into further education in the arts .

    Risk

    Risks include the lack of continued funding for the programmes. In the past we have always been able to mitigate this risk by reducing our programmes and/or delaying the start date of any given project until securing additional funds .

    Other risks include staff turnover - this might add unnecessary instability to our groups of vulnerable young people. Mitigation: We work with a diverse & strong team of tutors/ therapists and have always ensured that each group has 3 adults to ensure continuity

    Reporting

    We will invite donors to our AGM, where we will report on annual achievements and will send an annual report to all donors as well as invite them to end of year performances and sharings.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 art tutor tutor fees for delivery of one group (£100 X 30 sessions)
      £5,400 Materials & refreshements materials & refreshments for 18 groups (@ £300 p/ year)
      £900 Access costs £30 p/ week x 30 sessions for a taxi to enable very vulnerable participants to attend sessions
      £700 Admin costs £20 p/ week for utility bills X 30 weeks + £100 for stationery costs
  • Background

    Location

    We run our programmes in Greenwich & Lewisham, some of the most deprived wards in the country:
    • 3640 children in Greenwich & 15% of Lewisham young people have mental health disorders; 6000 have emotional and behavioural difficulties. 50% higher than national average.
    • 64% of current WMYH participants are in the top 25% most deprived areas of UK
    • Both boroughs have above-average rates of: Looked after Children, teenage pregnancy, substance misuse and youth offending.

    Beneficiaries

    Our youth theatres benefit local young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Lewisham and Greenwich.
    Our inclusion programme engages young people experiencing mental ill health (anxiety, depression, self-harm) & Special Educational Needs & Disabilities. Some participants are on CAMHS’ tiers 2 & 3 of need and some are referred for early intervention. Many are at risk: in care, young carers, victims of bullying, challenging behaviour.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    GLYPT has 46+ years experience in working with and offering inclusive social and creative spaces to vulnerable groups of children and young people (including young carers and looked after young people, especially those with learning difficulties and mental health challenges). We are experienced in identifying needs within our local communities; committed to creating provision for groups that find it hard to access creative learning opportunties.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jeremy James

    Artistic Director/ CEO

    Louise Clohesy

    Participation Manager

‘K enjoys the project very much, he looks forward to it. He has made a good group of friends. With the Tourette’s he does need an outlet. If not K would be out on the streets, causing mayhem, and his anger management is quite hard to deal with so we appreciate the service you provide.’

Parent