Westminster Foundation awards Storyhouse Young Leaders Programme £400k in 5-year commitment

The Westminster Foundation has awarded more than £400k to Storyhouse’s Young Leaders Programme in a commitment that will span 5 years.

The funding has been awarded to Storyhouse’s award-winning programme that provides young people, including those who conventionally face barriers to employment, with work experience and a range of employability skills in the creative industries.

Former participants of the course have included young people at risk of homelessness, disabled young people and young carers.

The Duke of Westminster, Chair of the Westminster Foundation, recently joined a virtual meeting with some of Storyhouse’s young leaders. He said:

“Young people have been hit hard by the pandemic, as opportunities previously open to them have quickly disappeared. So, it’s vital that initiatives like Storyhouse’s Young Leadership Programme continue running, to give young people the best chance of success as they enter the workforce. Storyhouse is not only a hugely respected part of the Chester community, but a national example in delivering public service. I’m incredibly proud that the Westminster Foundation is providing this long-term support to them.”

Kate Mylchreest, Head of Development for Storyhouse said:

“We are delighted to receive this support from the Westminster Foundation. Its impact on individuals will be truly life changing. The Young Leaders programme works with young people who are often the hardest to reach, young people who fall between the cracks. We’ve seen some of the brightest talent emerge from this programme, and we’re thrilled to be furnished with the funding to continue the work.”

The Young Leaders programme works with 14-25 year olds to develop transferrable job skills, and raise aspirations through structured volunteering and leadership training at Storyhouse. Projects have included designing, marketing and delivering events such as Harry Potter Book Day in Storyhouse’s Children’s Library and the nationwide Fun Palaces weekend.

As well as funding the Young Leaders programme, Storyhouse will use the cash to fund a brand-new position – the Young Storyhouse Officer will support the Young Leaders’ transition from the course into either gaining employment or entering further education or training. Whether finessing CVs, prepping for interviews or signposting to relevant job sites, the young people will have continued support.

Find out more about Young Leaders here.
For more information contact Nancy Davies, Marketing and PR Manager, at nancy@storyhouse.com.

About Storyhouse

Storyhouse is one of the UK’s foremost cultural centres incorporating a library, theatres and a cinema. It is one of the country’s most successful arts buildings, with more than one million customer visits each year.

The pioneering new library within Storyhouse, where members of the community work alongside city librarians, boasts the longest opening hours of any UK public library and is open every day until 11pm. It runs over 2,000 sessions a year for marginalised communities

The company also runs a highly successful theatre company and the country’s most successful regional open-air theatre, in the city’s Grosvenor Park and Moonlight Flicks open air inema.

Storyhouse currently holds the official title as the UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre and was the overall national winner in the 2018 Guardian Public Service Awards

The Westminster Foundation

The Westminster Foundation is an independent organisation representing the charitable activity of The Duke of Westminster and Grosvenor businesses, that provides long term sustainable help and direction to vulnerable young lives. Led by The Duke of Westminster, it is passionately committed to giving young people the attention, care and direction that we should all be able to take for granted. It believes that early positive intervention is critical to set the direction of a healthy, secure and fulfilling life.

The Foundation’s funding is focused on creating opportunities for young people (0-25) and their families to have the resilience, skills and capacity to lead happy and healthy lives. Through creating these opportunities, it aims to tackle the causes and impact of inter-generational inequality.

Website: www.westminsterfoundation.org.uk
Twitter: @WestminsterFdn