New Grant for WOC Residencies
20th June 2018
Pan’s Weapon of Choice School Residencies project has been awarded a grant by Young Westminster Foundation to work with Beachcroft AP Academy on an 18 week project.
What does it mean for us and for the young people we work with? Here is why we should all celebrate:
→ Pan’s Weapon of Choice School Residencies Project offers drama-based activity to engage some of the young people most at risk of the effects of social exclusion and youth violence. Weekly workshops provide opportunities to reflect meaningfully on alternatives to peer pressure, negative choices and offending behaviour. This is achieved by enabling a safe, creative space, which allows for participants to develop transferable skills including communication, trust, leadership and cooperation.
→ Beachcroft AP Academy is Westminster’s Alternative Provision and part of the Tri- borough Alternative Provision (TBAP) Multi Academy Trust. For the last two academic years the Pan Intercultural Arts team has enjoyed working with its wonderful, enthusiastic learners as well as its dedicated and experienced staff.
→ Young Westminster Foundation’s vision is for all young people in Westminster to grow up healthy, safe and happy with the best opportunities for bright futures. It works with a wide range of partners and across sectors to shape opportunities that best serve young people in Westminster.
→ The Young Westminster Foundation Small Grant allows extension of Pan’s overall Residency programme funded by the John Lyon’s Charity. For the past two years the John Lyon’s Charity grant has allowed us to deliver our project in Haverstock School, Acland Burghley School and Beachcroft AP Academy.
Young Westminster Foundation
Young Westminster Foundation (YWF)’s vision is for all young people in Westminster to grow up healthy, safe and happy with the best opportunities for bright futures.
It works with a wide range of partners and across sectors to shape opportunities that best serve young people in Westminster.
Young Westminster Foundation's Young Ambassadors are peer researchers and champions for change. They speak to other young people about the issues that matter to them, amplify their voices and take action through the Foundation’s work. The Young Ambassadors programme ensures youth voice is at the heart of this work.
(If you’re a young person living or working in Westminster, check out how to become a Young Ambassador, here.)
Last year these brilliant Young Ambassadors took to their local communities to conduct a Needs Analysis. (You can read the full report, here.)
Here are some of the results which we find particularly pertinent:
- 70% of young men and 30% of young women have either been victims of crime in Westminster or know someone who has.
- ‘The most commonly held fear among young people is gangs and the threat of being attacked.’
- 2 in 3 young people say that drugs and alcohol are a social problem in Westminster.
- 'Drugs have a cultural as well as health impact on young people, encouraging drug dealing and associated behaviour… youth workers identified drug dealing, particularly cannabis, as central to understanding much of the gang activity and crime in Westminster.’
Much like YWF, Pan's work is about understanding and supporting young people to overcome barriers to positive and meaningful futures. We use the arts and creativity as a tool to achieve this because we believe that (re)igniting creativity and imagination is vital. We create physical, creative and social space in which young people can imagine all they can achieve, experience and become.
Weapon of Choice School Residencies project
The Weapon of Choice School Residencies project, funded by the John Lyon's Charity, aims to transform the mindsets of young people in order to help them see their strengths, build confidence, find pathways to positive thinking, re-engage in education and inspire higher aspirations.
The project also aims to support schools to embed high quality socially-engaged arts provision into the school's educational offer, during and beyond the life of the project. This is the beginning of our works towards co-designing and embedding the work.
Congratulations Weapon of Choice Team!