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National Lottery supports black British children


ILIFFE ARTS has successfully secured a second grant to run free expressive arts activities for Children of African and Caribbean Heritage (CACH) in October 2017 followed by 2 weeks of Summer School in August 2018.

Engaging in the arts breaks down barriers and allows young people to feel that they belong; it can provide opportunities to make new stories and tools for relating to and understanding one another.

The young people attending the workshops will have the opportunity to learn new creative skills and to develop confidence to explore and express their emotions and communication skills in a positive way. Iliffe Arts, an alternative education provider, has set up the CACH project to specifically target under-achieving children and young people of African and Caribbean heritage, as they have consistently lower attainment levels and are 4 times more likely to experience fixed term and permanent exclusion.

In support of this Awards for All, Big Lottery has awarded Iliffe Arts with a grant of £7797 for the second year running to run these fun filled specialist workshops. Children aged 7-16 will be celebrating Black History Month on October 17-18 at Moat Community College in Leicester.

Sessions will feature physical expression, visual arts and performing arts and will encourage Children of African and Caribbean Heritage to be proud of themselves and their identity and provide them with opportunities focused on raising confidence and self-esteem.

“I’m really excited that Iliffe Arts has once again been given the opportunity to support more young people. We intend to make every penny count and are looking forward to working with local role models and teaching kids about inspirational figures.” Kat Rodrigues, Managing Director and Lead Teacher.

"The CACH project that my children attend is amazing it teaches them new skills and it’s something that they really enjoy, last year when they performed their rap I felt so proud. Attending the CACH workshops has really boosted my children’s confidence. I’m really looking forward to them going back and seeing what amazing things they do this year”. Kalisha, a CACH parent.

Iliffe Arts are currently looking for additional ambassadors, Role Models and volunteers to inspire young people and support the CACH project. As well as experienced and passionate Expressive Arts Tutors to join their team.

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