Community: Moretonhampstead

Date Submitted: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:50:34 +0000
Name: Abby Stobart
Organisation: MED Theatre
Service(s): Children and families
Review(s): Youth service
Asset interested in: No
Service interested in: Yes
Proposal Details: MED Theatre proposes to continue offering the extensive universal provision that we provide for young people from the rurally isolated villages of Dartmoor and the surrounding area. The provision is weekly term time drama and playwriting clubs for 5yrs to 12yrs, with a young theatre company for the 13yrs-19yrs. Many of the clubs currently have waiting lists as we have only capacity to work with a certain number. The clubs are a free opportunity in order to be inclusive (they can pay an annual £10 membership if they choose to.) We sustain our valuable work with young people mainly by applying for grants (for example we are currently supported by Big Lottery Reaching Communities) as well as our membership and friendship scheme. We also carry out outreach work taking workshops and courses in to schools and youth clubs around Dartmoor and the surrounding area - however this work is hard to fund and we have the capacity and expertise but not the money to do a lot more projects such as film-making, putting on their own play or dance performance, creating radio plays, and more. Having talked to Moretonhampstead and Mary Tavy youth clubs we would be keen to explore the option of doing our outreach work with youth clubs more.