Arts, Business & Young People 2017
Sponsored by GE Aviation Wales
Winner: ScottishPower Foundation
Clare Hingott & Roy Jones, ScottishPower Foundation
Image by Glenn Edwards
For the second year running, the ScottishPower Foundation’s commitment to two far-reaching North Wales based projects was the clear winner in this category. The 13-year partnership with Theatr Clwyd, addressing a range of difficult issues with young people through drama workshops, continues to grow and develop.
The Justice in a Day project targets secondary school students at risk of getting involved in criminal activity and has had a marked reduction in anti-social behaviour. The interactive dramas have a transformative impact on young people and are recognised by specialist judicial bodies as an exemplar of effective partnership. Thanks to the project, ScottishPower has developed closer links with schools, helping it to recruit apprentices. The business has also continued its sponsorship of the Only Boys Aloud choirs in North Wales following the success of a pilot scheme in some of the region’s most disadvantaged areas, support the Aloud charity recognises as invaluable in establishing its work there.
North & Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership
The Reaching Wider Programme aims to increase participation and access to higher education. Theatr Clwyd created interactive dramas for primary schools to develop pupils’ interest in STEM subjects, their entrepreneurship skills and their self confidence. The successful workshops for almost 1,500 pupils have resulted in both partners forging closer links with local North Wales schools. Theatr Clwyd is expanding its outreach programme for young people and further activity will take place in 2017.
Valero’s sponsorship allowed the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama to establish an outreach course for aspiring young actors in West Wales in 2014. In the past year the business’ support of work in schools in Pembrokeshire attracted new students, provided bursaries to enable disadvantaged young people to participate and allowed the scheme to continue to grow. A number of past members of the Young Actors Studio have now gone on to study at drama college or university.