We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £4,000 by the Wakefield and Tetley Trust to deliver a summer holiday project for young people in Tower Hamlets, in collaboration with the Half Moon Young People’s Theatre.
We have been wanting to partner with the Half Moon for a while, as we were previously approached by their Head of Creative Learning who is passionate about our work, so this new funding is welcome news! The summer project will engage 30 young people aged 7-16 in drama and film-making across 5 days in the school summer holidays.
The young people involved will be from our Tower Hamlets KidsTime Workshop, the Half Moon Theatre, and from other local youth and family organisations – they will all have lived experience of having a parent with a mental illness.
The purpose of the project is to connect young people from different walks of life living in the same borough around their shared experiences and to offer them a safe and creative space in which they can have fun, express themselves and be heard.
The young people will work with skilled drama facilitators to develop a story and film to raise awareness about mental illness, challenging the silence and stigma.
Whilst dealing with a sensitive topic, the creative process will be playful, de-stressing, hopeful and empowering.
The young people’s work will have a legacy, as Our Time will use the film as part of its public awareness campaigning, to shine a light on children of parents with a mental illness and their experiences, reaching more young people with the message that they are not alone.