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Project information

Little Angel Summer School

Little Angel Theatre is aiming to make our summer schools accessible to all children. We will provide bursary places on our Summer Schools 'Make a Play in a Week'. And fully fund 'Spectrum' our youth theatre for children with Asperger’s or high functioning autism.

Each project will run for a week.

Charity information: The Little Angel Theatre

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  • Need


    LAT is situated in Islington, a culturally diverse, socially and economically deprived inner city borough. It has the third highest level of child poverty in England. LAT seeks to break down barriers to arts engagement by providing bursary places on our summer schools.

    The Spectrum project provides a pathway to greater independence and a dignified experience for young people with autism. As well as improving manual dexterity, social skills and confidence.



  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide bursary places on our summer school to those who couldn't attend otherwise.


    » Our Community Engagment Manager will work with our Partner Schools and local community groups in order to identify children who qualify for a bursary.

    What success will look like

    We will have children on each of our summer schools that have been provided a place for free. They will be recruited by our Community Engagement Manager as eligible for bursaries.

    Aim 2

    Make Spectrum Youth Theatre accessible for all children with Asperger's or high functioning autism.


    » Remove the costs of attending the summer school for all attendees.
    » Provide them with extra support, by increasing the number of one-to-one workshop assistants.

    What success will look like

    The summer school will be free of charge for all participants. We will have provided extra support and staffing for children with complex needs to make it accessible for them.

  • Impact


    The Summer Schools will:
    • Increase self esteem and sense of self worth.
    • Increase their confidence
    • Increased aspirations and ability to work towards those goals.
    • Developed social, team work and communication skills, as they work as a team to manipulate puppets.
    • Increase their practical making skills and manual dexterity.
    • Increase their knowledge of puppetry and performance.
    • Performing in a production will increase their communication and presentation skills


    A risk for this project would be that we can not find people to fill the bursary places. However, we have a full-time Community Engagement Manager, with links to many local partner organisations, who will be working to fill the places. We also have 6 partner schools we could ask to fill the places. Our Spectrum Youth Theatre, which runs throughout term, has a waiting list, so we feel secure that we could fill these places. We also have links to other organisations who help recruit for Spectrum.


    We will update them when the places are filled. We will then update social media with photos during the course. When the course is finished we will produce a report detailing all activities that they undertook, including photos and quotes from the bursary students (with parental permission).

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Summer School Provide Bursary Places and Increase Support
  • Background


    LAT is situated in Islington, London’s most polarised borough which has the third highest level of child poverty in England – 32.4% as measured by children living in income deprived households. All Puppet for All tickets will go to beneficiaries living in Islington, and when appropriate neighbouring boroughs.


    Two groups will benefit from this project:
    - Children and families from low income backgrounds who can't afford to send their children to summer school.
    - Children on the autistic spectrum who will benefit from an environment where they are free to be themselves and can develop their skills.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a unique theatre, one of only 3 puppet theatres in England. Puppetry is a highly accessible way to discover theatre and the arts, particularly for children, those with learning disabilities and those who have English as a second language. We have over 18 years of experience delivering high quality educational and participation activities and our theatre has produced excellent puppetry theatre for over 56 years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Laura Hunt

    Community Engagement Manager - Laura will recruit students for the bursary places.

    Ellie Mills

    Participation Manager - Ellie will co-ordinate and facilitate the summer schools.

    Magdalene Dorling

    Development Administrator - Magdalene will complete the evaluations and reporting.