Culture and arts
Our arts and culture programmes give local people the chance to express themselves creatively while learning new skills and improving their chances of getting a job.
Developing skills in the arts
Young people living in our six foyers now have had the opportunity to gain qualifications through our arts programmes. Funding from partners has allowed us to use the media suite at our Focus E15 Foyer to deliver a range of courses, including film production, music production and digital animation. Alongside our lifeskills courses, these programmes build young people’s confidence and develop creative skills that can benefit them and the wider community.
In 2009-10, £100,000 of funding from the LDA, London Councils, Barclays and Merchant Taylors allowed us to deliver media courses to young people across six east London Boroughs culminating in a film festival.
Using arts to create better neighbourhoods
As well as projects for young people, we run arts, culture and media initiatives to bring together residents of all ages living in East Thames Group’s neighbourhoods. The Group’s community centres provide a space for residents to express themselves creatively while getting to know their neighbours and growing as a community.
Previously, partnerships with Free Form Arts Trust and the Victoria and Albert Museum have enabled us to run summer holiday arts courses. One of these courses at Winsor Park in 2008 gave young residents the chance to learn music production skills. Following this, some of the residents were inspired to apply for funding to buy recording equipment and other resources for their community centre. With help from us, they identified facilities that would be most valued by local young people and wrote an application. Their hard work paid off and £150,000 was awarded to revamp the centre.