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The Poetic Relief Project

The Poetic Relief Project, a youth employment scheme backed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, launches in London to bring new opportunities for young people to find employment in the creative industries. 

£360,000 of National Lottery funding has been awarded to support this project which aims to benefit thousands of young people across the UK who have seen their chances of employment and mental health suffer because of the pandemic. 

Launched in August 2021, The Poetic Relief Project provides programmes and services to support young people’s mental health, personal development, and community cohesion.  The Poetic Relief Project will give rise to the ‘Cultural Leaders’ youth employment scheme which will allow the three charities to train and give 12 young people jobs in the creative industry every year for the next three years, where they will learn the daily operations of each charity. 

The ‘Cultural Leaders’ youth employment scheme began in September 2021. Young people, aged 18-30 years, old can find now apply to be part of the second cohort of exciting scheme by visiting the Vacancies page of our website.  

Suzann McLean, CEO and Artistic Director of Theatre Peckham, says: 

‘’The Poetic Relief Project will create opportunities for young people to learn with us as facilitators and participants of regular spoken word workshops. Following the success of the workshops in 2020, in partnership with Poetic Unity, we are committed to providing a nurturing environment for young people to develop their skills and express themselves, with a platform to showcase their work.

“The Cultural Leaders youth employment scheme will develop skills in facilitation and producing, equipping them with the paid experience at the beginning of their career. Our doors are open, and we are ready to begin this new journey with Poetic Unity and Black Cultural Archives as we support young people across the UK in the arts sector with paid opportunities for development and growth.’’

Arike Oke, Managing Director of Black Cultural Archives, says:

“Black Cultural Archives is the home of Black British history, and part of our 2030 strategy is to change the cultural workforce of Britain, to make sure that there are opportunities for Black people at every stage of their career. This collaboration with Poetic Unity and Theatre Peckham is a fantastic opportunity for young people to gain experience in our unique cultural settings.”

Abdou Sidibe, Deputy Director of Partnerships at The National Lottery Community Fund, says: 

“We are incredibly proud to support this exciting partnership, which will empower young people across the country to improve their mental wellbeing and employment prospects.

“National Lottery funding is there to help people and communities prosper and thrive – it is thanks to players that we can fund this important work. We look forward to seeing the positive impact The Poetic Relief Project will make to young people’s lives.”

Young people aged 16-30, may sign up to the many services and programmes brought to life by The Poetic Relief Project, which has only been made possible by National Lottery players, by following the social media handles for updates:

Poetic Unity

Instagram: @PoeticUnity

Twitter: @Poetic_Unity

Facebook: PoeticUnityProject 

Black Cultural Archives

Instagram: @BCAHeritage

Twitter: @BCAHeritage

Facebook: @BCAHeritage

Theatre Peckham

Instagram: @TheatrePeckham

Twitter: @TheatrePeckham 

Facebook: @TheatrePeckham1