We believe in the power of the creative arts to transform lives. We focus on engaging society’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in inspiring, sustainable programmes in areas where provision is poor and engagement in the arts is therefore low.
Most projects are collaborations with community partners, which have specialist knowledge of local priorities and the participants that they exist to serve. Our work focuses on seven priority groups: young patients; disabled children and adults; young and adult carers; schoolchildren (and their teachers) in areas of deprivation; vulnerable older people; young and adult offenders (and their families); and marginalised children and adults.
We work extensively across London and the South and have delivered projects as far afield as Derby, Glasgow, Kendal and Manchester. Every project is designed to enable our participants to develop creativity, learning, social skills, self-esteem and, above all, a sense of self-worth. Some programmes bring different groups of participants together to break down barriers and develop shared understanding; some enable people to explore social issues. All help to create a society that is fairer, more caring and more inclusive.