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Project information

The Lowry Christmas Appeal 2018

The Lowry arts centre will use creative workshops to work with the most at-risk and vulnerable young people in Salford to build skills, confidence self esteem through regular free activity. Young people aged 12-25 will benefit from work and skills training and improve their life chances.

April 2019 - March 2020

Charity information: The Lowry Centre Trust

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  • Need


    Salford is one of the most deprived cities in the UK, characterised by pockets of multiple and severe deprivation. With severe cuts in youth services many young people find themselves isolated, at-risk, and disengaged from education or training. We work with the most hard-to-reach young people who have poor future prospects and low self-esteem, which contributes to cycles of deprivation. We work intensively with young carers, teenage parents, and Looked After Children.


    The project enables young people to gain therapeutic benefits of the arts to express themselves and explore important issues. Creative workshops develop key communication skills, teamwork, whilst building self-esteem, raising confidence and emotional wellbeing. They are introduced to a range of arts & theatre experiences, and career options they may have thought inaccessible. A final creative output is presented to key decision-makers to give an important platform for their voice

  • Aims

    Aim 1

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


    » Creative workshops to explore ideas and discuss issues, reducing isolation and providing support the participants
    » Introducing young people to a range of arts and culture activities including live theatre, to 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, including 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 anecdotally 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 contribute 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 will signpost 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: £10,000

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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
      £400 Transport Minibus/ taxi costs where necessary
      £1,000 Arts Award Costs Materials and accreditation/ certification costs
      £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
      £2,500 Administration/ staffing costs Project management, administration and evaluation including 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 from aspirational and educational poverty as well as economic hardships and have little or no access to arts provision.


    We are in consultation with local authority 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 conditions.

  • 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 13 years experience of socially engaged arts practice. 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.