Published: 25th April 2018

Senior Youth Theatre Members Working Towards Their Arts Award

 The Customs House has been awarded £31,000 from the ScottishPower Foundation to support The Takeover Festival for young people in the north east.

The funding will be used to recruit, train and support 20 young people from South Tyneside and the wider region to form The Takeover Team, in order to allow them to plan, promote and deliver The Takeover Festival.

The young people will have expenses for refreshments and travel and they will take control of a programming and marketing budget spanning the theatre, cinema, gallery and function room spaces at the arts venue in Mill Dam, South Shields.

The Takeover Festival, now in its fourth year, is a week-long programme created by and for young people aged 15 to 25 and takes place during the May half term.

Highlights include the North East Young Filmmakers Awards, Terry Kelly Poetry Prize, Mean Teens Breakdance Jam and theatre residencies.

Fiona Martin, Deputy Director – Learning and Participation at The Customs House, said: “We are overwhelmed at the generosity of the ScottishPower Foundation and are thrilled to be able to offer these opportunities to young people in the area and help to develop them as young artists.”

The ScottishPower Foundation was established in 2013 with the aim of making a significant and lasting contribution to society, enhancing the lives of people living in communities throughout the UK.

It is part of ScottishPower’s bigger philanthropic effort to provide support for charitable projects across the UK, having delivered more than £29m in the last four years.

It provides funding to registered charities which are involved in the advancement of education, environmental protection, citizenship and community development. It also supports non-profit organisations working in science, the arts, heritage or culture as well as the prevention of poverty and relief of disability or other disadvantage.

Ann McKechin, of ScottishPower Foundation, said: “The Foundation is proud to support the work of The Customs House. It’s been heartening to hear all about the work of the projects working right across the country and the invaluable services which they provide across a diverse range of needs.

“The ScottishPower Foundation is committed to improving the lives of people living in our local communities and by delivering this funding we want to ensure the good work continues. This year will be the biggest funding year to date for the Foundation and I’m looking forward to seeing how all of the projects come to fruition.”

If you are interested in joining The Takeover Team, send an e-mail to Catherine Scott at [email protected]