Wac Arts

Wac Arts: Safeguarding and empowering young people

Wac Arts provides an uplifting digital and face-to-face multi-disciplinary arts programme to empower disadvantaged young people age 5 to 30 to transform their lives and improve their mental and physical health and well-being. This is complemented by outstanding pastoral support from our expert team.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (267043)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£48,200

Amount raised

£26,304

Donations

55

Championed by The Childhood Trust

    Category

  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

United Kingdom

  • "You made me a better dancer and now I have more confidence"

    — Young beneficiary (Dance Summer School 2019)

  • "I wouldn’t be the artist, the person or the woman I am without the foundation Wac Arts gave me. It was a real lifeline for me when I was in my teens and living in a hostel. I want everyone to know what it feels like to be allowed to be yourself."

    — Ms Dynamite, MOBO award-winning musician and Wac Arts Alumna

  • “WAC supported me, and invested time and effort in me, as a child and teenager and helped make me the person I am today. I am happy to support you whenever I am able to - WAC is a special place.”

    — Wac Arts Alumna and appeal donor

  • “Wac provided my autistic son the stability, tools and confidence to start afresh when our world had literally fallen apart. I don't know where we would be today without the help and support they gave to us and continue to do.”

    — Parent of a Wac Arts student

Situation

Our young people are among the groups disproportionately affected by Covid-19. 68% are from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds; 20% identify as disabled and 32% live in England's most deprived areas. They face heightened risk to health and life; financial security and economic futures; education, physical activity and creative opportunities. Caught in fragile home settings without access to support networks, our young people report greater anxiety, depression, self-doubt and isolation.

Solution

During the pandemic, Wac Art has been supporting vulnerable young people to offset the negative emotional and socioeconomic impacts of the virus. We have innovated, developing an uplifting digital arts programme to match our face-to-face work helping young people safeguard their mental health, combat anxiety and isolation. This online offer ensures they connect with us, their peers and their creativity so they can navigate and manage their mental health and well-being during Covid and beyond.