We are delighted to confirm that John Lyon’s charity has generously awarded Our Time a grant to run a theatre school during the Easter holidays for the young people that attend our Brent KidsTime Workshop and Brent Youth Theatre.
Working in collaboration with Unique Community, a charity that runs Brent Youth Theatre, these sessions will be funded by the John Lyon’s charity’s ‘School Holiday Activity Fund’. Many families have been adversely affected by the pandemic and this is a chance for them to come together in a positive way and have fun with other young people.
Over the course of the week, the young people will work together with skilled drama facilitators and a music therapist provided by Unique Community to co-create a short film that communicates the experience of a family where the parent suffers from mental ill-health. The participants will then have a chance to show what they have created to other young people and their families at the end of the week.
For the first time, this will allow young people who have lived experience of caring for a mentally unwell parent to take on the role of ‘expert advisers’ and will have the unique opportunity to communicate their experiences to their peers.
The young people’s work will also have a legacy and contribute to something bigger – in the form of a ground-breaking film festival which Our Time will deliver in the summer, in collaboration with Hundred Heroines, which will shine a light on young people who have a parent with mental illness, raise awareness of their experiences, and reach more young people and families with the message that they are not alone, and that it is ok to ask for help if they need it.
We are grateful to John Lyon’s charity for its ongoing support.