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The Champions For Children Appeal is Open - Donate Now to get your Donation Doubled by The Childhood Trust

From Today until 12 Noon on the 15 June Stratford Circus is taking part in The Childhood Trust, Champions for Children campaign, aiming to reach £4,800 for creative project to support local children and young people via our programmes like NewYVC Youth Choir, Creative Schools.

Donations made via the Big Give link between NOW and 12 Noon on 15th June will be doubled by The Childhood Trust.

Over the last year, we have adapted our ways of working to respond to the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has hit our community hard and has impacted on the lives of many, in particular our children and young people, who have been isolated from their peers, have experienced disruption to their learning, career development, mental health and wellbeing at a formative time in their life.

A report by The Childhood Trust, who are supporting this project, found that as well as being susceptible to violence and abuse when the structure of school is removed, children and young people also face an increased risk of becoming involved in anti-social activities due to boredom and lack of fulfilment, as well as potential exploitation by gangs.

Your donation today will enable us to raise vital funds for NewYVC Choir and our Creative Schools Programme.

NewYVC Choir is a non-auditioned choir, completely free to attend and open to any young person in East Londonaged between 11-18. The choir has been running since 2013, meets weekly and are given opportunities to perform and develop choral and musical direction skills. Former members have gone on to Higher Education, working in the performing arts or leading their own choirs. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme continued online to support the members during an extremely challenging period.

Our Creative Schools Programme is connecting schools with East London creatives and arts organisation. working with artists on projects that are tailored to support the curriculum, whist considering the individual needs of the school and embed creativity as a way of learning. Teachers are given professional development to give them the tools to deliver creative projects.

During lockdown, artists worked with schools to support mental health and wellbeing through fun, innovate arts projects and with many schools being forced to immediately move to online teaching, ‘Creative Schools ’ was able to step in to support teachers, pupils and patients at this incredibly isolating time.

Giving children and young people the opportunity to explore and express their emotions through creativity, we believe the arts can give children a creative outlet to express and make sense of their emotions, when they might not always have the words to describe what they’re feeling. The creative process can help give young people the tools to cope with life’s challenges.

We owe it to all children to ensure that they experience an arts-rich education – it will contribute to all aspects of their development and wellbeing, whilst equipping them to be more resilient throughout their lives

We’re aiming to raise £4,800 in a week to help transform the lives of our local children and young people.

Donate Today - Help us towards our £4,800 target by having your donation doubled

Donations to the project are being doubled Now until 12 Noon Tuesday 15th June, meaning any donation you can give during this time will go twice as far!

Local businesses wishing to offer donations, support in kind, or organise a fundraising event are asked to contact mia@stratford-circus.com

Photo of NewYVC Choir at Snape Maltings - Photography by Elshaw Photography @elshawphotography

Donate Now via The Big Give until 12 Noon on Tuesday 15th June

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“Stratford Circus’ interim CEO Lucy Atkinson said: ‘We are delighted to participate in the Big Give - Champions for Children with our champion funder The Childhood Trust. I believe passionately in the power of creativity to unlock potential, improve mental health and wellbeing, overcome barriers, and open up opportunities that can change lives. Through our creative projects working in collaboration with local artists and organisations. Strafford Circus supports, empowers, enable, and enriches the lives of children and young people to fulfil their potential and develop their life skills and learnings through creativity. Our community has suffered immensely during pandemic, so it’s more important than ever that local children and young people have these opportunities to be creative’.

Donate Now via The Big Give Until 12 Noon on Tuesday 15th June

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