Southwark Playouse receives grant to support young people from disadvantaged and challenging backgrounds

Young people from disadvantaged and challenging backgrounds will benefit from a grant awarded in the latest round of funding by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

Southwark Playhouse received a grant of £9,720 to support programmes working across many Southwark schools, and a peer-led youth theatre for local young people aged 16-25.

The Southwark Playhouse Young Company provides a free and inclusive professional workshop programme for 14-25-year-olds in the borough.

The aim of Lord Lloyd Webber is to change the “face and voice” of the performing arts.

The grants are focused on giving more opportunities to people from lower socio-economic and minority backgrounds.

The grants come after the foundation changed the way it awarded money last year.

Three new strands of funding are aimed at reaching diverse communities.

Grants up to £5,000 are now given to projects which increase diversity by removing social, economic and geographical barriers.

Up to £10,000 is given to initiatives which provide specialist training and workplace experience for emerging talent and newly-graduated professionals.

And up to £25,000 is awarded to schemes that apply resources widely and give training to a significant number of people.

Since 2011, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has given £20.5million in grants and performing arts scholarships.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “Engagement in the arts changes lives. The positive impact of the arts on health, social mobility and well-being is now irrefutable.

“I passionately believe that everyone in this country, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, should be able to participate.

“I am thrilled my foundation is able to support projects that widen access, inspire creativity and deliver opportunities.

“Around the country, across the arts, many people are doing brilliant things to unlock talent and empower the next generation to succeed. We are proud to work with them.”

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