The Great North Wood Collective

Creative Futures - Celebrating Young People

We want to help young people disproportionately affected by the pandemic who live in 3 Crystal Palace housing estates to put on a performance, co-design street art for their estate and train to create their own podcasts to develop their confidence and skills for the future.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 8 June 2021 to 12:00 PM, 22 June 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1178671)

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Championed by The Childhood Trust


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


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


United Kingdom


Young people's futures have been hugely affected by the pandemic. We visited 3 estates in SE London & young residents told us about worries for their future, their education & a lack of creative opportunities which have compounded and affected their mental health. Young people's hopes & dreams seem even more uncertain as education and social activities have been severely curtailed by the pandemic. They need positive opportunities to develop skills, express themselves and gain confidence.


The Creative Futures project will give up to 150 young people from 3 Crystal Palace housing estates a chance to make their voices heard while developing skills to help them secure future employment. The funds raised will give them a chance to express their ideas while being coached by high quality artists to create and perform their own artistic work. This outreach initiative is part of the Spirit of the Estate initiative run by the producers of the Crystal Palace Festival.

  • "We want to live in the now and enjoy our lives but we know its important to prepare for the future"

    — Rayyan