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Your support will make a considerable difference to the lives of children & young people, many of whom may never have experienced live performance before.
We provide over 7,000 arts experiences for young people each year, helping them to gain confidence, skills and self expression and to make positive changes in their lives.
This year, we are particularly asking for donations to support our work with young people.
We run 4 youth theatre groups at Travelling Light during term-times, catering for children and young people aged 4 - 19, plus Louder Than Words, a free group for children with additional needs from aged 7 upwards. Places at the youth theatre are subsidised by over 70% in order to keep it affordable for families in our locality, Barton Hill Bristol, one of the 10% most deprived wards in the country. We also run a free monthly Family Theatre project in partnership with the Barton Hill Settlement Family Centre and Dragonbird Theatre, aimed at local families with children aged 0 - 4years.
Our Youth Theatre is the only provision of its kind in our local area and it provides a much needed safe space for children and young people, allowing them to express themselves, make friends, develop new skills and work alongside theatre professionals.
“Travelling Light is like a second home to me, it’s a place I can feel safe and loved by people who share the same interests as me. Travelling Light is the only place I can fully relax and share my thoughts and ideas” – Rosie aged 15
Louder Than Words has proved to be a lifeline for participants, providing a space in which they are not expected to conform but encouraged to be who they are and express themselves freely and creatively. As a result of accessing Louder Than Words participants have grown in confidence, developed new friendships and some have started to access other arts offerings in the city expanding their skills.
"When she's with you she can completely be her own person, use her own ideas or just "be". At all her other activities it's all about catching up, stretching, monitoring behaviour etc. It would be a great loss if it doesn't continue as there's nothing else like it in Bristol." - Parent
Family Theatre has been running since January 2015 supported by Bristol Green Capital Small Grants Fund. We are now seeking funds to continue and expand the programme in 2016. It has been an enormous success with families from the Barton Hill Settlement Family Centre, with many children experiencing theatre for the first time, sparking imaginations and creative curiousity, and helping to integrate families within the community.
“My daughter has grown much more confident with several visits. She started afraid and now joins in.” - Parent
This year your help will go even further
We have received Catalyst funding from Arts Council England, which means that every £1 donated will be match-funded, literally doubling your donation to Travelling Light, enabling us to do even more to support our work with young people - thank you!
will pay for one subsidised Youth Theatre session for a young person
will pay for one families attendance at a Family Theatre session
will pay for three Assistants at one Louder Than Words session
Watch our amazing Youth Board's film about what Travelling Light means to them.
For more information about our Youth Theatre activities, Louder Than Words and Family Theatre please contact Giulia Bianchini, Youth Theatre Coordinator
You can also help us donate whilst you shop! Tesco for Bags for Help is supporting the forthcoming Barton Hill Festival. Each time you shop in one of the 10 Tesco stores listed below you can cast your vote for the Festival. Each charity taking part is given a donation with the size of the donation dependent on which charity collects the most public votes. So get shopping and voting at:
Bristol Soundwell Express BS15 1PN
Bristol Bell Hill Express BS5 7NF
Bristol East BS5 6XU
Bristol Staple Hill BS16 5NP
Bristol Fishponds Express BS16 3PQ
Bristol Kingswood Express BS15 9RR
Mangotsfield Express BS16 9JB
Redfield Metro BS5 9HT
Staple Hill Metro BS16 5NP
Warmley Express BS15 9JB
If you can donate as little as £5.00 we will send you huge thank you for your donation.
If you can donate as little as £10.00 we will send you a huge thank you for your donation
If you can donate as little as £50.00 we will send you a huge thank you for your donation! You will get a letter of thanks from our Youth Board, and we will acknowledge your donation on our website.