Creative project for Looked After Children in South Tyneside

Published: 20th February 2019

Creative project for Looked After Children in South Tyneside aka The Treasure Group!

The Treasure Group

The Treasure Group

We are now recruiting Looked after Children aged 7 to 13 years for our first creative project. Looked After Children are also often referred to as children in care.

The Customs House recently applied for money from The Big Lottery Awards for All. We were successful! You might have read about this in the Shields Gazette or in our e-newsletter which you can sign up for here. This money will pay for three creative projects from March 2019 for Looked After Children aged 7 to 13 with inspiring artists and some inspiring Go and See trips to shows in our theatre, cinema or further afield! We are really grateful to everyone who plays The National Lottery supporting good causes like ours.

So What’s Our First Project All About?

In our first National Lottery funded project we are going to take an imaginary trip around cities in the United Kingdom. This comes from consultation with the young people in the last project who all identified different artforms they’d like to try. We hope it will broaden their horizons as they discover more about cities all across Britain. As lovely as South Tyneside is your children might like to find out all about places they’ve never been before.

Hello to Our First Artist Alizon

Children will work alongside Alizon Bennet. Alizon is a designer. She has taught art and design to young people at college, helped young families design picture books, made props, puppets and also revamps furniture. I asked Alizon to be our lead artist because I know she will help us try out new and unexpected things. You can see Alizon’s work with other young people here:

Each week Alizon will help your young people explore arts and culture linked to that city and have a go at experimental arts activities.

The Sessions and Cities! (Imaginary destinations may change!)

  • All about Newcastle
  • Across to Durham
  • Bonny Scotland Edinburgh
  • Scotland’s Second City Glasgow
  • All right Our Kid, Manchester
  • Love Love Me Do in Liverpool
  • Our Capital London
  • Celebration – for children and their foster carers

The project will be based in Daltons 5 at The Customs House and sessions will run from 4.30pm to 6.15pm. Session dates are on Mondays but we don’t want to publish the exact dates online.

There are maximum fifteen places, we ask that carers commit to bringing children to each session. We hope to see some of the old gang and new faces too. We understand sometimes there may be circumstances where you can’t make a session (contact time etc.) but you should aim to come to as many as possible to get the most out of what we are offering.

And that’s not all folks… Go and See

During the project we also identify something coming up at The Customs House the majority of the group would like to Go and See. It might be a show in the theatre or a film in the cinema. We will then give children taking part and their carers FREE tickets to attend. No alternative can be offered.

This project is complete. To find out more about The Customs House commitment to supporting care experienced children and young people email

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