Storyhouse and Chester Samaritans

Storyhouse in Chester and Chester Samaritans have been awarded funding for a project by the Tesco’s Bags of Help Scheme designed to tackle emotional health in young people.

The partnership between the Chester branch of emotional support charity Samaritans and the multi-award winning Storyhouse will involve 21 young people from Chester creating a film and theatre piece to be shown in secondary schools across the borough tackling emotional health in young people.

Hayley Lindley Thornhill, Youth Projects Manager at Storyhouse said:

“We are very pleased to be partnering with Chester Samaritans on such a relevant project. We are delighted that our young company can help deliver a creative piece of work that will resonate with their peers.’”

The Tesco Bags of Help Scheme is a national local community grant scheme where the money raised from the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.

Chester Samaritans and Storyhouse will commission a filmmaker to create a short film directed, staged, and performed by Storyhouse’s company of young people aged 17 – 24. A short theatre piece will be shown to secondary schools across the borough, with the film being an on-going tool for schools to reinforce the ‘Importance of being listened to’ message.

Nicola Samuels from Chester and District Samaritans said:

Chester Samaritans are delighted to win the Tesco Bags of Help for this project as when people feel listened to, it can save a life.  Samaritans want young people to hear and understand this message, and what better way to voice it than through the Storyhouse Young Company! 

Storyhouse Young Company is made up of young people from the region aged between 17 – 24 looking to gain experience of the creative industries.

Find out more about Storyhouse Young Company.

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