We last reported how some of the charities we supported in 2019/20 had to adapt to make the most of remote working. We're really pleased to share a few highlights to promote the great work they've been able to deliver.
Young Urban Art Foundation's mission is to empower the lives of young people by strengthening mental well-being through creativity, ensuring every young person is seen, heard & celebrated. Take a look at their incredible work in their December 2020 Showcase.
They've also collaborated with Big Zuu to produce the Great To Be (Remix).
They have some great online workshops coming up in 2021 to continue their fantastic work.
Ministry of Stories - Hackney Tales
Here's an update on their incredible work
Although our anniversary year and ‘Hackney Tales’ flagship project did not go as planned we couldn’t be prouder of our young people, volunteers and staff team. All of whom have shown remarkable resilience and who have adapted at a drop of a hat to their change in circumstances. As a result of our Writing Programme Leaders’ quick thinking and close relationships with our young people, their families and local schools we were able to launch a remote offer within four weeks of our writing centre’s closure that young people were able to access from home. We have been blown away by the response to our virtual programme, which has seen 84% of our community children engaging online through our zoom writing labs, and been humbled by the feedback we have received from families on the difference it has made during the schools’ closures. We have also gone very low-tech and sent 100% of young writers in our community lab a suite of ‘letterbox surprises’ through their front door to support their imaginations and writing at home.
Inside You may Expect The Ordinary, is a collaborative poem written by the children and young people who took part in our virtual Community Writing Labs ahead of the summer holidays. In keeping with the collaborative spirit of the poem, we asked the Ministry of Stories' team to all take part in reading it - to say a big thank you to our volunteers and young people for their positivity, grit and boundless imagination during this difficult time.
You can check out our reading here.