A theatre group who work with disadvantaged at risk young people are fundraising to keep their work going.

Generation Arts try to help aspiring artists who are not in education, employment or training by offering free theatrical training.

Now their funding is at risk, and the company need around £150,000 a year to continue.

Ali Godfrey, one of the founders of Generation Arts, said: “In general the climate is more challenging year on year.

“But more specifically, we rely on Discretionary Learning Support.

“In the Spring and again in the Summer the government wrote to schools and colleges saying that had been drastically cut.

“The situation doesn’t look positive, and it isn’t going to get any better with this government.”

In 2015, 86% of their participants who took part in the nine month course went on to drama school.

95% of young people involved in the group did not go to university, and 86% are from a BAME background.

Ms Godfrey added: “What we’re trying to achieve is to provide the same opportunities that other young people have.

“We work with young people who may have been in care, or who are on probation.

“I think in a lot of other projects that are available, that are well intentioned, the issue is that young people are often brought in as part of an outreach program, and are re-marginalised.

“At Generation Arts we work with these people, and they’re brought into the core.”

Generation Arts is currently supported by the Arts Council England, the EU European Social Fund, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and City and Islington College.

Generation Arts is a group that aims to help at risk young people by offering theatrical training. For more information, and to donate, click here.

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