Posted: 29th May 2018

The Roundhouse Trust has been awarded a grant of £90,000 to help fund the Roundhouse Community Participation Programme over the next three years.

Creating artistic opportunities for disadvantaged young people

This grant will help hundreds more disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in Camden to access creative projects aimed at developing personal and social skills.

The Community Participation Programme aims to eliminate barriers for young people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds or diverse ethnic backgrounds from accessing opportunities in the arts.

The fund will support projects including:

  • Two intensive projects for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • Taster sessions and projects with schools and Pupil Referral Units (PRUs)
  • Taster and regular sessions with voluntary partners (on and off site)
  • In-house pastoral support & bursaries
  • The Roundhouse Community Network

Helping people follow a new path

Participants who have previously accessed opportunities and support on the Community Participation Programme are often facing issues in their life such as homelessness, mental health problems, or involvement in the criminal justice system – but taking on creative projects has allowed them to find a job, go back into education or take a new path in their life.

The Roundhouse Trust is the charitable foundation of the legendary North London music venue, which enables 4,500 young people each year to take on creative opportunities – in music, media, performing arts, circus and digital.

Marnie Middlemiss, head of major giving and trusts, Roundhouse said;

Many young people feel that creativity and culture is out of their reach, but our Community Participation Programme puts those very young people at its heart. We are so grateful to London Freemasons for this grant as it will help hundreds of young people to find a new direction or career, or help build skills which they can use for the rest of their life.

London Freemasons visited the Roundhouse to find out more about their work

Adrian Fox from London Freemasons said:

“We’re very pleased to be able to help the Roundhouse deliver their groundbreaking programme allowing disadvantaged young people to access the arts. These are priceless opportunities for young people to develop personal and social skills and potentially turn their whole lives around.”