Project information

The young people and families cultural programme

Our new Programme will offer arts and cultural activities for local young people and families in Westbourne, the second most deprived ward in London. The connection between wellbeing and arts and culture has been clearly proved, and such free or affordable provision is desperately lacking here.

January 2019 - September 2020

Charity information: Paddington Development Trust

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  • Need


    Families in the surrounding tower blocks, many of whom are new arrivals and refugees, dread their children being drawn into London’s knife/drugs/gang culture. Their youngsters have nowhere safe nearby to spend their free time and access free or affordable arts, music or cultural pursuits. Our project will provide a safe place to explore new interests and activities, opening young minds, strengthening social ties between different ethnic and cultural groups and building confidence.


    After consultation with young people and families from the local community we have developed a broad programme of activities (see below) that will engage, develop and, we hope, open the door to future passions. Introducing them to new cultural and economic opportunities can be life-changing, opening up a path to more formal learning and unthought-of career opportunities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a fun and enriching programme of activities and experiences for the local community.


    » Activities will range across art, performance, heritage, film and music.
    » They will be delivered by artist-facilitators who specialise in creating high quality yet accessible workshop experiences and artistic output.
    » Delivering the Heritage & Arts component of 6 large Activity Days for the whole community.
    » A termly programme of drop-in sessions for families, 10 per term

    What success will look like

    Registers will be kept for all workshops and activities. Attendance numbers will meet or exceed targets.

    Aim 2

    To work in partnership with local schools to run a diverse and engaging schools programme.


    » 56 secondary school arts & cultural workshops.
    » 156 primary school arts & cultural workshops.
    » an annual ‘careers in heritage and culture’ exhibition for 16-18 yr-olds

    What success will look like

    Registers will be kept for all workshops and activities. Attendance numbers will meet or exceed targets.

    Aim 3

    To work with local young people to co-create 4 festivals.


    » Four festivals curated and run by young people (aged 11-16) for young people.
    » Particular focus on engaging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
    » Young people to gain skills in team working, organising events and managing a budget.

    What success will look like

    Simple feedback forms will include tick box answers that allow us to compare answers, while end of project interviews will allow deeper reflection on participants’ experiences.

    Aim 4

    To create a vibrant arts and heritage centre at the heart of the community.


    » A wide range of activities and events working with at least 4570 participants over 240 sessions over 2 years.
    » Ensure that the planning of all activities allows for participants’ voices to be heard and included during workshops.
    » Run workshops where people have a good time.
    » Show that we hear feedback and respond to it.

    What success will look like

    Database records of attendance, with evaluation questions, will show which activities are most popular, and who wants to return and try one or more of the other activities.

  • Impact


    We will use the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well Being Scale and the Brief Resilience scale to evidence the impact of the sessions. Repeat and sustained attendance beyond the project lifetime will be a further indicator of success.


    We rely on fundraising to run all our projects and a lack of adequate funding may limit what we are able do.

    To minimise the risk we have already secured partial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards this project and are now seeking match funding to enable the project to go ahead.


    We will update donors through our regular donor newsletter, our website, and with a short film produced specifically for donors and filmed by participants in our film group

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,225 Local Community events 60 family sessions, 6 major heritage days, textile project
      £12,000 Schools Programme Associate primary and secondary schools programme, 2 x heritage career days and work placements
      £5,275 Young Poeple's Festivals 4 x co-curated young people festival projects
      £2,000 Marketing Promotion of all programmes and activities
      £5,500 Project Managment Project management and administration of all programmes and activities
  • Background


    Our new Community & Heritage centre, opening early 2019, adjoins the newly restored Grade I-listed church of St Mary Magdalene on Westbourne Green in north Paddington. It is surrounded by social housing, 60% of whose residents are from origins other than white British. 83% of Westbourne children belong in families dependent on workless benefits—the highest proportion of any ward in London.
    Local people are proud of the landmark buildings and are really keen on the whole project.


    Our project is focused on young people aged between 11 and 19 from the community immediately surrounding our new centre. There are far more children and young people in this pocket of deprivation than in the adjoining, affluent areas of Little Venice & Bayswater.
    The large & beautiful church and its buildings began by serving a poor community, then became too dilapidated to do so. In partnership with our charity, St Mary Magdalene can now resume its proper purpose.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For over 15 years PDT has been responsible for delivering highly successful and much valued youth services to young people in North Westminster, primarily through our community centre on the Harrow Road: the Stowe Centre.

    During this time we have delivered a traditional programme of youth activities for young people aged 11-19 from the surrounding housing estates. Our project will be delivered from a new, bespoke centre in Westbourne Green.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lucy Foster

    Community and Heritage Programmes Manager