Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust

WCTT Young Actors Company 2017

To broaden the diversity of our Young Actors Company, encouraging more young people in Merton who can't access the arts due to their Special Educational Needs or because of social and economic disadvantage, to join. We will improve access by providing additional support to those with disabilities

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1011660)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£40,000

Donations

36

    Categories

  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

Location

Situation

Barriers to arts participation affecting disadvantaged young people living in our borough. Our recent outreach programme, conducted in 6 SEN and mainstream schools in East Merton, demonstrated that there is genuine interest in theatre and the arts in these communities but that they lack the opportunity and self-confidence to join. With an effective recruitment and support programme we can improve participation in the YAC to more accurately reflect the diversity of young people in Merton.

Solution

By working intensively with these marginalised groups we will build new and enduring relationships of trust, work with young people in their own communities and develop their skills and self confidence in preparation for joining YAC. It will facilitate improvements to access to free, high-quality youth theatre activity and enable us to offer effective targeted support for new members in need. It will bring together young people in our borough who would normally not meet, work or socialize.

  • We treasure our relationship with WTCT and are very grateful for the opportunities you provide for the most disadvantaged children of Mitcham. Your projects have been of a tremendous value to us as they enabled some of the less confident students to excel and develop their self-esteem.

    — Kristina Burton, Principal, SHINE MERTON

  • As the Head of Performing Arts at the school I have seen for myself the direct impact the work with WCTT has had. The boost in our pupils confidence and self esteem has been immeasurable. Thank you WCTT - Keep up the great work that you do!

    — RICHARD BROWN DRAMA TEACHER CRICKET GREEN SEN SCHOOL

  • As Arts Development Officer for the London Borough of Merton (LBM), it has been a pleasure to see the high quality work produced by Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust (WCTT). I am always happy to support the continuing work of WCTT with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    — Asheq Akhtar Arts Development Officer, Merton Council

  • We treasure our relationship with WTCT and are very grateful for the opportunities you provide for the most disadvantaged children of Mitcham. Your projects have been of a tremendous value to us as they enabled some of the less confident students to excel and develop their self-esteem.

    — Kristina Burton, Principal, SHINE MERTON

  • As the Head of Performing Arts at the school I have seen for myself the direct impact the work with WCTT has had. The boost in our pupils confidence and self esteem has been immeasurable. Thank you WCTT - Keep up the great work that you do!

    — RICHARD BROWN DRAMA TEACHER CRICKET GREEN SEN SCHOOL

  • As Arts Development Officer for the London Borough of Merton (LBM), it has been a pleasure to see the high quality work produced by Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust (WCTT). I am always happy to support the continuing work of WCTT with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

    — Asheq Akhtar Arts Development Officer, Merton Council