We want to contribute to a just and anti-racist society, where those who need it most have their rights protected, the opportunity to speak and be heard, and the freedom to express their creativity.
We want to shine new light on areas of need and challenge the cultures, systems and behaviours that stand in the way of change.
Working with others, we will contribute to two key impact goals by 2030:
- Injustice and structural inequality is challenged and changed.
- A new inclusive generation of leaders and artists.
We have seven priorities through which we believe we can best contribute to these goals over the next five years.
Injustice and structural inequality is challenged and changed
Acting early on the root causes of problems
We want to see more action taking place to prevent problems from occurring, not just to cope with the consequences.Read more
Children and young people’s rights
We believe all children and young people should have their rights respected, no matter how challenging their circumstances.Read more
Young people leaving care
We believe more needs to be done across the UK to reduce the risk of young people falling off a ‘cliff edge’ of support when they leave care.Read more
A just and inclusive society benefits us all. We seek to support those who are most likely to have their rights denied due to race, gender, disability, or immigration status.Read more
A new inclusive generation of leaders and artists
Empowering young leaders
Young people can play a vital role in driving change. We value the energy, insight and leadership young people bring and the impact this work can have on young people, their communities, and their sense of civic engagement.Read more
Removing barriers to creative careers
We want to support those building a cultural sector that reflects our society, with open access for those who are currently missing out or facing significant barriers.Read more
Cultural education - in a classroom or through access to arts and culture - can contribute to all aspects of a child’s development, particularly supporting creativity, critical thinking, empathy, and resilience.Read more
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