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Help fund ten extra places on our project next year.

Christmas Appeal Raises £15,000 for Arts Emergency

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we will be able to support over 1400 young people across the country next year!

This festive season we have been blown away by the generosity of our supporters' response to David Nicholls' match funding offer. Since launching this appeal we have received many new regular donations as well as dozens of one-off gifts, raising over £9,000 in just 15 days!

David's generosity means that £5,000 of that total will become £10,000 - raising nearly £15,000 for our work! This money will go directly to supporting the ambitions and growth of the young people we support! As a small charity run almost entirely on individual donations and gifts, every pound really does count when it comes to fundraising. We've got a dozen places to put every penny but among many other things, the money from this appeal will go towards:

  • Funding travel bursaries for young people who would otherwise be geographically isolated from arts/culture/learning opportunities
  • Managing high-quality safeguarding with young people in mentoring relationships and out on work placements and internships
  • Running exclusive events and sessions on topics like 'Your Rights and Work' 'Taxes for Freelancers' and 'How to Build a Portfolio'
  • Providing one-to-one time and tailored support to every single mentor and mentee in our programme, as well as our Young Community
  • Providing our network with even more opportunities to give Young Talent a hand up, and resources to help them call for deep change in their field

In addition to the generosity of David and of those who responded to his appeal we have welcomed 4 new members into our Bursar Club this month. Bursars pledge the annual cost of supporting one young person through our nine year programme - £1,000 or £83/month - and enjoy invitations to events, updates from our co-founders and a personal thank you pack. If you are interested in joining the Club please consider it - you could change a life for £20/week.