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Project information

Focus: The Lowry's Christmas Appeal

Each year, The Lowry works with local authorities to identify a group of vulnerable, at-risk young people to work with delivering a life-changing, creative engagement programme. We will harness the power of the arts to raise confidence, develop key skills and improve mental and emotional wellbeing.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: The Lowry Centre Trust

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  • Need


    Salford is one of the most deprived cities in the UK, charecterised by pockets of multiple and severe deprivation. We work to identify young people who are most at-risk, those who are experiencing personal challenges resulting in disengagement from education or training. These young people have poor future prospects and low self esteem, which contributes to the cycles of deprivation in their families and communities. Previous groups have involved young carers and children in the care system.


    The project enables the participants to express themselves & explore important issues. Creative workshops develop key skills, including writing, communication, presentation & teamwork, whilst building self-esteem, raising confidence & emotional wellbeing. They will be introduced to a range of arts & theatre experiences, and a range of career options they may have thought inacessible. A final creative output will be presented to key decision-makers to improve support nationally and locally.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the long-term wellbeing of the young people and imporivng their mental and emotional health


    » Creative workshops to exploring ideas, sharing thoughts and discuss issues, reducing isolation and providing support the participants
    » Introducing the young people to a range of arts and culture activities including live theatre, which will enrich their mental and emotional wellbeing

    What success will look like

    We will use informal feedback from the participants and the workshop facilitators, and pastoral sessions with the young people to document their thoughts and feeling.

    Aim 2

    Improve future prospects for the young people and break cycles of deprivation in their communities.


    » Workshop activities will include a focus on developing key employability skills, and all participants will receive the Arts Award qualification.
    » Exposing the young people to a variety of career options, includuing creative or operational, supporting them to explore different pathways into them
    » We will signpost all young people to other opportunities in the building such as our training and employability schemes.

    What success will look like

    We will work closely with service providers to track reengagement of the young people with education or training, and anecdotelly record the young people's perceptions.

    Aim 3

    Improving the local and national support for these young people.


    » A final celebration event before an audience of stakeholders and local decision makers, to highlight issues and the need for support.
    » The production of a resource pack which can be shared with schools and colleges, to contribue to the wider national dialogue.

    What success will look like

    We will collect feedback from local service providers and stakeholders, including MPs/ councillors to document their responses and changes they will make to provision and services

    Aim 4

    The Lowry becoming a long-term source of stability and support for the young people.


    » We will ensure that we continue to engage with all the young people by creating a bespoke resource for them after this initial project.
    » We wil signpost the young people to a variety of activities including ticket schemes for local residents, and our talent development bursary schemes.

    What success will look like

    We will track how many of the young people continue to engage with The Lowry following the project, through the ongoing provision or different activities available to them.

  • Impact


    We hope to see a long-term improvement in the mental and emotional wellbeing of the young people, and an improvement in their future prospects. This will be demonstrated through individual case studies from the young people, sharing their thoughts, feelings and experiences, and charting their progression as they engage with positive, skills building activities in The Lowry, or reengagement with education and training opportunities externally.


    Risk around the project are primarily related to the personal circumstances of the young people. They may find it difficult to attend sessions regularly, and their behaviour or mental health may prevent them from engaging with the activities or the other young people in a positive way. We work with local service providers to identify the best ways of engaging with each young person. We will take activities out into community settings, provide transport, & 1-2-1 mentoring and support sessions.


    Donors will be invited to attend the celebration sharing at the end of the year, to meet the young people and the staff involved, and watch a final creative output following the year's activities. We will also provide a full 12-month evaluation report and thank you to all donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,800 Creative Arts Practitioners 40 weekly creative workshops
      £200 Session materials Materials for 40 weekly creative workshops
      £500 Transport Minibus/ taxi costs where necessary
      £2,500 Showcase costs Costs for celebration event including set, props, technical support and marketing materials
      £600 Theatre tickets Four (minimum) live theatre visits throughout the year
      £1,000 Arts Award costs Materials and accredication/ certification costs
      £400 Pastoral sessions For initial discussion and sharing sessions and 1-2-1 pastoral sessions project facilitators
      £7,000 Administration/ staffing costs Project administration and evaluation includign reporting to donors
  • Background


    Salford is one of the most deprived cities in the UK with almost 54% of Salford’s residents living in the wards which are among the 25% most deprived in England. It is characterised by pockets of multiple and severe social deprivation, low levels of educational achievement and high levels of long-term unemployment. Many young people in this area suffer form aspirational and educational poverty as well as economic hardships and have little or no access to arts provision.


    We are in consultation with local autority and statutory service providers including pupil referral units and special educational needs schools to identify a very specific, targeted group of young people who we can work with to have the biggest impact on at present. Previous groups (and existing recipients of support and work from The Lowry) include young carers, children in care, teenage parents and children with autism spectrum contitions.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Lowry has been working to deliver engagement work with targeted groups of young people since 2012. Our model of working (running sustained participant-led creative projects) has proven credibility, winning The Charity Awards 2015 Arts & Culture Award for Breaking Down Barriers to participation, and the 2016 Children & Young People Now (CYPN) ‘Young Carers’ Award. Our work has been presented to the House of Lords and has resulted in changes to legislation and care-providing practices.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lynsey O'Sullivan - Director Of Learning & Engagement

    Lynsey has personally delivering previous projects. As director, she will lead the team strategically and liaise with external stakeholders.

    Lee Brennan

    Lee will manage and coordinate the artists and facilitators delivering the work, and will oversee the pastoral needs of the young people.