Community Cash puts Leeds group in spotlight

Harry Potter Matthew Lewis and youngsters from the Leeds Theatre in Education Group.
Harry Potter Matthew Lewis and youngsters from the Leeds Theatre in Education Group.
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A drama group in Leeds is using the power of performance to help address difficult issues, with the help from Community Cash.

Leeds Theatre in Education (LeedsTIE) received a grant from the YEP-backed Red Nose Day Community Cash campaign – and other local groups are being urged to grab a slice of the £100,000 cashpot this year.

What we mostly want to do through our work is enable people to talk about difficult things that may be affecting their lives.

Annalyn Bhanji

LeedsTIE uses drama and theatre to get people talking about their issues and received a received a grant of £1,000 to pay for a one-day programme and two pilot runs for parents in troubled families.

The group, which is based in Seacroft, was founded in 1993 and provides educational theatre programmes for school pupils and staff as well as disadvantaged children and young people.

Paul Swift, a founding member of LeedsTIE, said: “We engage people who are marginalised and not engaged.

“The fiction of the play enables people to safely address issues that are causing problems in their lives.

“Because those issues are dealt with honestly, non-judgementally and realistically, the people become engaged and stay with the project.”

Annalyn Bhanji, who helps runs the project, said: “What we mostly want to do through our work is enable people to talk about difficult things that may be affecting their lives.

“This in turn increases people’s self-esteem, confidence and helps people to take on change and progress.”

The YEP-backed Community Cash giveaway offers grants of £500 to £1,000 to small organisations in Leeds that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.

LAST CHANCE FOR CASH BIDS

The YEP-backed Community Cash giveaway offers grants of £500 to £1,000 to small organisations in Leeds.

Leeds Community Foundation will work with Comic Relief to make sure that the cash gets to the groups that need it the most.

To apply, visit www.leedscf.org.uk before the deadline closes tomorrow.

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