We will be raising unrestricted funds to deliver our wide-range of drama projects and theatre trips for disadvantaged, disabled, and vulnerable young people. These children would not normally have access to these enriching and inspiring experiences, which have the power to change young lives.
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1053434)
Watching and participating in theatre brings joy, opens minds, transforms self-confidence and self-esteem, teaches valuable life, work and social skills and improves mental health. However, many young people do not have access to these experiences due to high costs, social and cultural barriers, and a lack of support for those who are vulnerable or have special educational needs and disabilities. They therefore miss out on the life-enhancing benefits that engaging with theatre brings.
We offer heavily subsidised theatre trips and drama projects to schools, families and youth clubs which serve disadvantaged and/or very vulnerable young people (such as refugees, young carers, and care-leavers), with specialist support for those with special educational needs and disabilities. We use these theatre experiences to help them explore the performing arts and in doing so grow their confidence and self-esteem, discover new talents and develop transferable skills.
"One boy with ASD hugged his knees when the opening of the show started and said 'I am so happy... I think it is the happiest I have ever been'."
“These sessions make you feel like you’re not alone. Some days you might be having a bad day, then you come here and it makes you happier.”
"Thanks to Mousetrap we are able to provide our students with a rich cultural life. Many of them come from financially impoverished backgrounds where theatre is just not possible and culturally from backgrounds where theatre is not often celebrated."
“It has given my boys a love of theatre and both have grown in confidence, pride and self-esteem, and have developed a love of literature as an extension of this. I cannot thank you and your team enough for all the fun laughter, shared experiences and family memories you have given us.”
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