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Project information

Eastside Annual Summer School

EYLA will offer an arts-based educational experience for children and young people from low income families in East London. Activities will focus on physical theatre and the performing arts, drama, dance, music and art.

July 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: Eastside Young Leaders' Academy

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  • Need


    Creative arts funding in state run schools has been drastically reduced and many of our client group have little to no access to arts-based programmes that support well-being and a rounded education.
    Health and wellbeing (effects of poverty on nutrition, health and well-being during 6-week break)
    Additionally many of our children experience a significant summer learning loss, including a degree of regression. This initiative will address this deficit.


    Recruitment: we work in partnership with schools across London and have access to many hundreds of children and young people in need of purposeful activities during the summer
    Activities: As an established, reputable charity our partnerships include a number of drama and art specialists who are able to provide input and practical expertise to enable the project’s success.
    Space: EYLA’s premises consist of 2 large halls & library providing plenty of adaptable space for creative activities

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a creative arts programme for 200 young people from low income families


    » provide creative workshops and activities to develop leadership skills through performing arts

    What success will look like

    Success measure: Minimum of 90% of participants complete four weeks of summer school; ongoing tracking to monitor impact of participation on personal progress

    Aim 2

    Enrol participants in a talent show theatre production


    » Encourage young people to register for the show by developing skills and building confidence

    What success will look like

    Success measure: 75% of participants register for theatre performance

    Aim 3

    Encourage burgeoning performers to write their own stories (to improve literacy)


    » Provide specialists, resources and ambiance to draw out and enhance the participants' creative flair whilst improving literacy skills

    What success will look like

    Success measure: 50% of participants to write a script, creative story or poem

  • Impact


    The project is designed to build confidence and capacity in each participant; it is recognised that performing arts are a great way to produce well-rounded children. This will be demonstrated in parent feedback, school reports and community cohesion.


    Early departures from programme - minimised through a simple pre-screening process to assess motivation, parental support. Withdrawal due to 'culture shock' - minimised through pre-screening and adequate levels of pastoral support. Lack of engagement - minimised through design of an engaging programme, support and challenge through volunteer mentors. Safeguarding - pre-screening to assess vulnerability; clear procedures in place


    An end-of-project report will be provided and will be shared through EYLA's website and social media presence; a further impact report will be compiled to provide feedback on participant achievement

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,400 sessional staff 6 sessional staff to work alongside the existing team in providing creative arts workshops
      £2,400 volunteers/mentors 12 Mentors and other volunteers to assist staff in supporting the young people
      £4,000 Provisions Healthy and nutritious meals and snacks for children to maintain their well-being
      £8,000 Resources material, equipment and other activity costs for workshops
      £1,200 Admin & Management Administration and managerial oversight of the project
  • Background


    Forest Gate is in Newham - 2nd highest London borough on poverty indicators; 37% households living in poverty, 10% higher than London average, 4th highest child poverty rate in London, 5th in UK. Gangs and youth crime persist, serious youth violence ranks 4th highest in London with several shootings just yards from our doorstep. However, Wanstead Flats open space is in walking distance providing an additional outdoor resource for activities.


    Local children and young people will directly benefit from the programme; whole families will also benefit from the ripple effect of participants’ improved confidence, capacity and sense of well-being.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    EYLA is an award winning organisation with a track record of raising the educational performance of young people at risk of exclusion. > 3000 children and young people have passed through EYLA's programmes over fifteen years. Our Scholars programme has enabled life changing educational opportunities for >100 young people through bursary places at leading boarding schools. These links have enabled us to develop our leadership curriculum through creative arts, soon to be accredited by AQA.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ray Lewis

    Chief Executive - contacts with funders and supporters, strategic development, overall oversight of programmes

    Carol Murraine

    Pastoral Care and Safeguarding Lead to ensure the safety and well being of all children throughout the project

    Kofi Agyemang

    Playwright and drama specialist to ensure quality of delivery of creative workshops

    Anne Collard

    Project Manager to administrate day to day running of project ensuring careful planning, preparation and monitoring