Participating Project

Project information

Making Fairy Tales Come True

Capital Theatres endorses every child’s right to participate in the arts, which is known to have a lasting and transformational effect on communities and people’s lives. Our project provides tailored activities to engage looked after children with the arts in a meaningful, creative and fun way

October 2018 - January 2019

Charity information: Capital Theatres

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  • Need

    Need

    Scotland has higher rates of looked after children and young people in comparison to the rest of the UK (Scottish Government figures). Research shows looked after children and young people face hardship and disadvantage, and on to face adverse outcomes in adulthood. They are less likely to have opportunities to engage in culture, which is in part due to lack of provision of ‘positive’ cultural participation projects working specifically with them in the arts and cultural sector in Scotland.

    Solution

    To make a lasting difference to the lives and life chances of looked after children we will provide bespoke activities to enrich a visit to the annual King's Theatre pantomime. By participating in a programme of creative activities led by creative practitioners and artists, they will be encouraged to express their ideas, concerns and views in a safe and nurturing environment, whilst learning new skills which we hope will build their confidence and increase their aspirations in the longer term

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Deliver a tailored programme of cultural activity to enrich the pantomime experience for particip


    Activities

    » Consult with people working in close contact with looked after children and young people to understand their needs and interests
    » Offer behind the scenes theatre tours for looked after children and young people and their supporting adults, in the lead up to their panto visit
    » Tailor the content of the theatre tours and the style of delivery to meet the participant’s interests and attention spans according to their age
    » Provide free travel to the King’s panto, a dedicated welcome desk and ice-creams, and free travel and refreshments at the King’s tours

    What success will look like

    Feedback from 300 participants after they have participated in the programme demonstrates they have a better understanding and appreciation of culture and the arts than before


    Aim 2

    Involve participants in the creation of new artistic work that reflects and expresses them


    Activities

    » Tailor creative activities around our consultation findings to create opportunities which are delivered with (rather than for or to) the participants
    » Have arts practitioners devise a programme of taster workshops which are flexible and responsive to the participant’s needs and interests
    » Participants will create new work (e.g exhibition, short film, song) which allows them to express themselves, reflecting and celebrating them
    » Provide free travel and refreshments for participants attending our creative workshops

    What success will look like

    A unique collection of artist work is created which reflects and celebrates the participants, improving confidence and levels of self esteem


    Aim 3

    Teach new skills and fuel confidence in participants to increase their aspirations.


    Activities

    » Hire arts practitioners to create workshops which allow participants to experience new creative activities and develop skills linked to their interest
    » Arts practitioners and youth workers will work alongside participants, sharing their expertise and supporting them to develop their own creative wor
    » After the workshops, we will provide the opportunity for an informal sharing of the looked after children and young people’s creative work
    » Working with others in the workshops, participants and their supporting adults will learn to collaborate and build bonds, to strengthen relationships

    What success will look like

    Questionnaire feedback shows participants developed resilience by trying new creative activities, improved collaboration skills by participating in a group, and have had fun


    Aim 4

    Foster a deeper, longer term engagement for participants with cultural venues and groups


    Activities

    » Provide a supported first visit to the theatre for participants and their supporting adults to encourage them to access cultural activities again
    » Engaging in new creative activities in a meaningful way will inspire participants to pursue new creative interests
    » Participants and their supporting adults will be equipped with the tools and confidence to encourage them to access cultural activities more broadly
    » Participants in our programme will gain insight into new possibilities for career opportunities in the arts and cuture, broadening their horizons

    What success will look like

    Questionnaire feedback shows participants feel inspired and empowered to return to Capital Theatres and/or to access other elements of Edinburgh’s cultural offering


    Aim 5

    Disseminate knowledge of the project to increase provision of similar opportunities in Scotland


    Activities

    » Encourage a positive shift towards greater provision of cultural projects for looked after children and young people and their supporting adults
    » Hold a peer learning event with other arts and cultural organisations and provide training about working with looked after children and young people
    » Publisj project outcomes on Capital Theatres website and also on the City of Edinburgh Council’s website as key partner
    » Disseminate project outcomes through umbrella organisations such as Creative Scotland, Culture Republic and Creative Edinburgh

    What success will look like

    Increase in the provision of cultural projects for looked after children and young people 12 months following our project


  • Impact

    Impact

    Looked after children and young people will be more aware, and interested to engage with arts and cultural activities. As a result they will be more stimulated, happier and have increased confidence to try new experiences. We will build on this pilot project to create a longer-term project to engage looked after children and young people. We will work with Edinburgh Council to keep in touch with participants to gather data through feedback from the children and young people

    Risk

    Looked after children and young people may not want to engage with the project - we will consult to design activities to meet needs and interests.
    Participants may drop out - activities will be delivered with (rather than for or to) the participants, making them as engaging as possible
    Complexity of issues for some looked after children may affect their ability to participate - project will be flexible and we will liaise with supporting adults and other stakeholders to support the children

    Reporting

    Using Capital Theatre’s social media platforms and our website, and also by providing project updates by email. An end of project report will be disseminated to donors with the project outcomes and findings including quotes and case studies from participants

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Travel Pantomime Travel Fund
      £1,500 Materials Pantomime experience welcome materials (design and print)
      £250 Refreshments Free ice-cream for every child attending the pantomime
      £140 Staffing Tour guides for tours of the King’s Theatre
      £120 Refreshments Refreshments for tours of the King’s Theatre
      £6,490 Workshops Free Travel to the workshop for participants, workshop materials, artist, technical and production
  • Background

    Location

    Our project will be delivered at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh.
    236 children in Edinburgh are looked after, 3.1 per 1,000 population aged 0-15 (national averge rate is 2.9) School attendance is lower for looked after children than all children. In 2014/15 73% of looked after school leavers left school at the earliest point they could compared to 27% of school leavers more generally. Female care leavers are more likely to experience early pregnancy. A 3rd of young offenders have been in care.

    Beneficiaries

    Our project will provide opportunities for up to 300 looked after children and young people and their supporting adults and families, from the City of Edinburgh, to be supported in engaging in enjoyable cultural experiences together. Looked after young people and children includes children who are either in the care of foster carers; in the care of kinship carers (friends/relatives); or are looked after at home with their parents (where the children are subject to a Compulsory Supervision Order)

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have extensive experience of working with groups with specific needs. We pioneered a Dementia Friendly Project and are regarded as the sector leader in this field. This project has now been rolled out across Scotland with increase of performing arts provision for people living with dementia. We were the first theatre in Scotland to provide ‘relaxed performances’ for children with complex needs to access the performing arts.

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    People

    Hannah Griffiths

    Head of Learning and Participation - will manage the deliver of the project, lead partner relations, manage stakholders

    Catrin Sheridan

    Learning and Participation Coordinator - will coordinate activities, deliver workshops, recruit and lead artists