Project information

Christmas Cracker

Funding 40 bursaries to our holiday programmes and term-time Saturday School classes in acting, singing and dancing. This gives access to children/young people who need it most, regardless of social or financial background.
Help us 'crack' the problem!

September 2017 - July 2018

Charity information: Montage Theatre Arts

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  • Need


    Lewisham has been classified as one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK.
    27% of children under 19 live in households with no adult in employment.
    On average 33% of Montage attendees each year are from low-income families. Currently 55% of participants are black or minority-ethnic in a borough where 35% of the population is BAME.
    As arts provision in schools is slashed, there is a lack of safe, supervised places where children can explore their creativity, build confidence and make friends.


    Our courses change children's lives.
    Benefits include:
    • Fun and friendship
    • Creative skills for all - including
    enhanced communication, cognitive and motor skills
    • Improved educational performance
    • Better employment prospects
    • Higher confidence and self-esteem
    • Public speaking and presentation skills
    • Making friends from all walks of life - interaction of children from all social and economic backgrounds is shown to both boost educational performance and increase understanding

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Funding and ensuring take-up of 40 bursaries


    » Create and run our term time Saturday School plus 5 holiday programmes between October 2017 and May 2018

    What success will look like

    90% minimum take-up of bursaries

    Aim 2

    Assign administrative support to the project


    » Outreach and recruitment including liaison with existing families, charities and social services plus marketing to local schools

    What success will look like

    Administrative tasks assigned to existing team including strategy and schedule created and implemented

  • Impact


    A rise in the number of bursary recipients demonstrated by quantitative data (statistical monitoring)
    A qualitative change in the lives of children, young people and families demonstrated by qualitative data (feedback forms, quotes from students and parents/carers; photographs and video of classes/performances)


    The risk is lack of take up.
    We have dealt with this by planning a marketing campaign which flags bursaries.
    We have also built ongoing relationships with Lewisham Social Services, Lewisham Young Carers and other local charities and schools who recommend suitable families to us.


    Donors will receive a quarterly newsletter on the progress of the children including any or all of the following: case studies, photos, video, quotes from parents and children who have benefitted from the programme. Exisiing Montage Parents/Carers already receive monthly newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,550 Holiday Programme Bursaries 6 bursaries per programme across five holiday programmes from October 2017 to May 2018
      £6,660 Saturday School Bursaries 10 per year including dance, drama and singing classes
      £757 Administrative Support At £14.42 per hour for 1.5 weeks as proportion of administrative salary
      £33 Sundries uniform costs and petty cash
  • Background


    Lewisham is one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. With no big business to apply to for sponsorship and council funding being cut, arts provision for children and young people is becoming the province of those who can afford to pay. Montage has been working in the borough for almost 20 years and is a charity, rather than a business, with a long-standing commitment to making arts accessible to all.


    Children and young people in the most need of social networks, confidence building and a creative outlet.

    On average 22% of Montage Theatre Arts attendees are from low-income families.

    Currently approximately 50% of our participants are black or minority-ethnic in a borough where 43% of the population is black or ethnic minorities (BAME).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Montage has almost 20 years experience of providing dance, drama and singing classes to the community as well as an award-winning youth dance company, youth theatre company and Older People's programme. We have performed across the borough and London-wide including Saddlers Wells and the South Bank. Our experienced teachers include West End professionals and specialist Managers whose skill-sets include SEN training, Health and Safety and First Aid qualifications.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Richard Hay

    Youth Programmes Manager - overseeing all aspects of the programme including content, staffing and pastoral care.

    Joseph Cryan

    Creative Co-ordinator - responsible for content, teacher management and admin (recruitment of bursary candidates)

    Emma Hobday

    General Manager, responsible for overseeing the running and administration of the organisation


Funds a day at a holiday programme, liberates the imagination and puts a smile on a child's face.

“Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in the course this week. My daughter had an amazing time and her confidence has really grown! And what a fantastic performance by all!”

Montage Parent