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We're being supported by the Young Londoners Fund

Published: Mon 24 Sep 2018

We're proud recipients of the Young Londoners Fund. Mayor Sadiq Khan is investing £2.6m in 36 projects across the capital which will help almost 10,000 young people to improve their skills and give them valuable life opportunities, and our community project MINE is one of the programmes supported.

City Hall’s Young Londoners Fund gives money to projects that help young people make positive choices, get the most out of the city, and divert them away from antisocial or criminal behaviour. MINE is supported by YLF with a generous contribution of £75,000 over 3 years.

MINE is all about building family bonds and making positive transitions from virtual worlds to real life. It is an innovative new show that explores relationships between mothers and sons, and how the power dynamic alters when young people support parents in online gaming building imaginary worlds and defeating and avoiding the dangers and obstacles within the Minecraft game. The show is supported by Arts Council England, Canada Council and Canada House.

In February 2019, we will run a week long intergenerational gaming space where young people introduce parents and carers to Minecraft. The young people and their parents will inform the developing content of the show, created by Theatre Replacement from Vancouver.

Young people are going to participate in workshops in the lead up to an interactive performance in our Pentland Theatre. Following the show, our Community Champion will offer young people access to opportunities they otherwise couldn't afford and would be unlikely to consider.

In the second and third years of this programme we will commission artists to develop projects with both digital and real world elements that will engage disadvantaged young people and their families. These projects will help young people entering their teenage years to build stronger family relationships and to develop social skills and connections that support positive life decisions.

Click here to find out more about the fund and its supported projects.

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