Project information

Young People's Skills and Health

To get more young people aged 16 - 25 years engaged in Lishi Chinese movement and dance to benefit their self expression, confidence, creativity and health.

This is an annual project the charity aims to run each year.

Charity information: London Lishi Arts

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  • Need


    The Active People Survey demonstrates that many young people in London do not meet recommended levels of physical activity. This combined with not eating correctly is resulting in increased obesity levels and associated health problems such as Type 2 diabetes on the rise (Diabetes UK). There is also a lack of activities available for young people to do in many locations of London. Health is a fundamental aspect of life, having relevant skills for work or progression in education is also needed.


    This project aims to develop, promote and deliver more classes for young people to attend either in-school time or out of school hours in the community. London Lishi Arts engages with local authorities, youth groups and local health groups to ensure the group will partner other local strategies and joined up thinking. Lishi movement and dance from China provides an alternate approach to the usual mainstream services. It will address health and skill needed on an individual and group basis.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    More young people participating in Lishi Chinese movement and dance.


    » We will use the funds from this project to develop, promote and deliver more Lishi classes for young peoeple.

    Success will be...
    More young people in London having participated in Lishi classes. We will be able to provide evidence of attendance.

    Aim 2

    To improve the health and skills of participants.


    » Lishi teachers are trained and experienced in differentiating learning in dialogue with each person. Health and skill needs will be improved.

    Improvements in health and skills will evaluated and reported on through the use of questionnaires and focus group reports as part of a Review and Evaluation process.

  • Impact


    External evaluation has demonstrate that participation in our classes leads to other learning and personal outcomes for young people. We often use questionnaires (Survey Monkey) and feedback on social media sites (Facebook) to evaluate this. Improved creativity, ability to self assess circumstances, improved relationships, enjoyment of learning - all have a positive impact on the participants community, friends and family for example. It also has a direct impact on 'behaviours' for employment.


    The most important risks relate to the health and safety of young people accessing our services. Our Child Protection Policy and Procedures follow those from our National Governing Body (EMDP) with Enhanced CRB checks, risk assessments etc in place.


    Donors who wish to be contacted will receive a copy of our Trustees Annual Report. We will gladly provide updates on any specific project they have donated to through newsletters, our website and social media sites and by personal correspondence if required. We will demonstrate value for money.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £78,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Taught Class Delivery 6 weekly classes - teacher fees, venue hire, resources
      £10,000 Marketing Branding, Promotion, PR, Website & Social Media development to engage with more young people
      £8,000 Management & Admin Hourly admin & management staff time, stationary, printing and other office costs.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Third Sector Services £20,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Mainly across 5 areas of London; Hackney, Camden, Pimlico, Islington, Northgate plus other areas as demand requires. For example we have current enquiries from Hounslow.


    Young people mainly from disadvantaged backgrounds living in London. Our focus is on young people aged 16 - 25 years. We would expect many of these to be not in employment, education or training (NEET) and to include ex-offenders.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    London Lishi Arts has been running health related Lishi projects for young people and young adults since 2006 with funding from the Peabody Trust, Cripplegate Foundation and the Local Network Fund. We have had success with after school groups at Highbury Grove School in Islington which has a high percentage of pupils with special education needs; the teachers were amazed with our success at engaging with their pupils. The teachers for London Lishi Arts are very experienced and qualified.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lesley Newton

    Lesley is a Trustee for the charity and is very experienced at leading teams through her professional work at KPMG.

    Vicky Whyte

    Vicky runs classes in Hackney where she lives. She also works for Universal Board Games and through this work is well connected locally.

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