Project information

XLP Arts Project

The project supports young people in the most disadvantaged areas of inner London, who are at risk of educational failure and negative influences in their communities, to access the performing arts, raise their self-esteem, improve their educational engagement and make positive life choices.

Ongoing

Charity information: XLP

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  • Need

    Need

    This project is needed to help and support children and young people (aged 11 – 18) who are growing up in some of London’s most disadvantaged inner-city areas, and experience a complex combination of different challenges including: poor home life, including low income/unemployment and broken/absent parental relationships; underachievement at school/educational failure; challenging behaviours; and/or making poor life choices, including involvement in anti-social behaviour, gangs and crime.

    Solution

    The project will provide a combination of performing arts workshops, coaching, mentoring and performance opportunities, alongside structured sessions focused on life and employability skills. Through these activities the young people will: learn to communicate better; raise their self-confidence, self-worth and aspirations; be encouraged to remain in education and reject the relatively poor role models around them; and choose to set goals and work hard to achieve them.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Young people will have improved confidence, self-esteem and communication skills.


    Activities

    » 300 weekly performing arts workshops (covering a range of art forms) providing coaching, mentoring and support for young people on the project.
    » 100 life/employability skills sessions with performing arts industry professionals that include a focus on transferable skills for the world of work.
    » A minimum of 4 large-scale performing arts events, plus additional performance opportunities for young people to share their challenges and stories.

    What success will look like

    Through reviews using questionnaires; feedback from schools/PRUs and parents/guardians; and assessments of progress by experienced youth workers and performing arts professionals.


    Aim 2

    Young people will demonstrate increased motivation to learn in school and out-of-school settings.


    Activities

    » 300 weekly performing arts workshops (covering a range of art forms) providing coaching, mentoring and support for young people on the project.
    » 100 life/employability skills sessions with performing arts industry professionals that include a focus on transferable skills for the world of work.

    What success will look like

    Through reviews using questionnaires; feedback from schools/PRUs and parents/guardians; and assessments of progress by experienced youth workers and performing arts professionals.


    Aim 3

    Young people will demonstrate improved behaviours, attitudes, and life and employability skills.


    Activities

    » 300 weekly performing arts workshops (covering a range of art forms) providing coaching, mentoring and support for young people on the project.
    » 100 life/employability skills sessions with performing arts industry professionals that include a focus on transferable skills for the world of work.
    » A minimum of 4 large-scale performing arts events, plus additional performance opportunities for young people to share their challenges and stories.

    What success will look like

    Through reviews using questionnaires; feedback from schools/PRUs and parents/guardians; and assessments of progress by experienced youth workers and performing arts professionals.


  • Impact

    Impact

    More young people will remain in education. This will be monitored through our ongoing relationships with local schools. More young people will develop leadership skills and become role models for others, including volunteering in their local communities. Community cohesion will improve with beneficiaries and audiences coming together from different cultures. This will be demonstrated through the cultural diversity of event audiences and development of positive relationships amongst young people

    Risk

    Risk: Safeguarding of young people. Mitigation: XLP has robust and detailed safeguarding policy and procedures.

    Risk: Insufficient funding for the project. Mitigation: XLP has a well-developed fundraising strategy that seeks to diversify income sources as widely as possible.

    Risk: Changes of key project staff. Mitigation: XLP has historically strong staff retention, ensures all staff are well-supported by their line managers, and invests in the training and development of its employees.

    Reporting

    An full report on the project will be provided at the end of the year. All donors will be invited to attend large-scale performing arts events, and would be welcome to visit weekly activities should they wish. Case studies of project beneficiaries will be shown regularly on the XLP website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £58,942

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      Amount Heading Description
      £23,000 Performing Arts Events Minimum of 4 large-scale performing arts events, plus other performance opportunities
      £20,742 Performing Arts Workshops 300 weekly performing arts workshops
      £15,200 Life/Employability Sessions 100 life and employability skills sessions
  • Background

    Location

    The project will take place across 9 of the most disadvantaged inner-London boroughs (Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Islington and Camden). According to the End Child Poverty Report 2018, 5 of the 9 London boroughs where the project operates rank in the top 20 local authorities with the highest levels of child poverty across the UK, whilst at least 1 in 5 children are living in poverty in all 9 boroughs.

    Beneficiaries

    380 young people aged 11 to 18 from disadvantaged communities, who experience all of the needs described earlier in the application.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our extensive experience, long-term relationships with local communities, and highly-skilled youth work staff make XLP well-equipped to manage and deliver the project. We operate a range of projects in multiple contexts (in schools, on estates, with families etc.), which enables us to identify young people who would most benefit from this type of project. We also have extensive partners and contacts within the performing arts sector, which provides access to both expertise and venues.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Louise Howitt

    Project Manager - responsible for overseeing all activities and project performance monitoring, and provides dance expertise.

    Rosie Neave

    Highly experienced Performing Arts Youth Worker for North and East London. Previously worked for Spotlight (a Tower Hamlets performing arts charity).

    Igor Mongulu

    Highly experienced Performing Arts Youth Worker for South London. Previously a teacher, counsellor, writer and performer.