Working with young people from across the country, Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT) believes that the power of theatre can transform lives through learning, performance and development opportunities.
The company, which has a host of famous Scots among its alumni, including Gerard Butler, Kate Dickie, Colin McCredie and Karen Gillan, encourages young people to express themselves, voice their opinions and develop teamwork skills.
The grant from the Scottish Children’s Lottery will allow SYT to launch a new bursary fund, which will enable disadvantaged children and young people to come together with their peers and experience the benefits of its theatre arts programmes.
As well as covering the cost of assisting young people with additional needs, the fund will help pay for travel and accommodation for those living in more remote parts of Scotland, and open up places on paid courses for young people from low income backgrounds.
Jacky Hardacre, Chief Executive of Scottish Youth Theatre, said: “The Scottish Children’s Lottery’s focus on enabling children and young people to access opportunities not readily available to them is a great match with our desire to engage with participants across the country, regardless of their location or circumstances.
“In addition to providing training for the next generation of theatre makers, our work is equally focused on providing a creative outlet for children and young people to develop and grow.
“We know that participation in theatre makes a massive contribution to young people’s personal and social development, particularly increasing their confidence - all transferable skills for entering the world of work, regardless of their chosen profession.
“The Scottish Children’s Lottery clearly understands these wide benefits of participating in theatre and we are delighted that we can extend the reach of our work with the support of this grant.”
The Scottish Children's Lottery was launched in October 2016 to raise money for children in Scotland, with proceeds helping to improve the lives of children right across the country and make a real difference to those who need it most.
Hugh Hall, Chairman of the Scottish Children’s Lottery, said: “The Scottish Children’s Lottery believes that every child and young person in Scotland, regardless of background, deserves the opportunity to learn, develop and fulfil their potential. I am delighted that we are able to support the Scottish Youth Theatre and its fantastic efforts to make the benefits of theatre more accessible to Scotland’s young people.”
The grant is co-funded by Chance to Study and Chance to Succeed, which operate as society lotteries under the Scottish Children’s Lottery. Chance to Succeed supports projects that focus on employability, helping to deliver a productive future for our young people, while Chance to Study funds projects aiming to improve children's education through their school years and into young adulthood.
Charities that support children in Scotland can apply online for Scottish Children’s Lottery funding.
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About the Scottish Children's Lottery
Chance to Succeed, operating as a society lottery under the Scottish Children’s Lottery (along with the other three charities; Chance to Study, Chance to Flourish and Chance to Connect) is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission, and is run by a board of trustees, chaired by Hugh Hall.
The money raised by the Scottish Children’s Lottery will be invested in Scotland, and applied to the four focus areas of each charity: early years’ intervention; education and health; employment, skills and employability; and community development and citizenship. In particular:-
Chance to Flourish supports projects working within the area of social development of pre-school children and their families and carers, making a positive difference to children’s lives in their early years.
Chance to Study supports projects which aim to improve children's education through school years and into young adulthood, and ensure that all young people in Scotland have the opportunity to learn, develop and fulfil their potential.
Chance to Succeed supports projects that focus on employability and employment skills, helping to deliver a productive future for our young people.
Chance to Connect supports projects working in the areas of community development and citizenship, giving young people across Scotland the chance to live in a safe, supportive and stimulating community.
The society lotteries are helped in the grant-making process by STV Children’s Appeal (registered charity number SCO42429) which has a long track record in promoting and supporting children’s charities throughout Scotland.
Charities can apply for funding by downloading the application pack and guidance note on the four charity websites.
The establishment of the Scottish Children’s Lottery has been supported by STV, but it operates independently of STV in accordance with the licensing requirements of the UK Gambling Commission.