A youth theatre group in Patchway is urging people across North Bristol and South Gloucestershire to show their support by voting for it in the NatWest Community Force awards.
Stage Whisper Youth Theatre, a group for young people aged 10 plus, meets on Saturdays at Patchway Labour Club in Coniston Road and is described as being “run by young people for young people.”
The group, which focuses on Musical Theatre and performs a range of different songs from well known musicals, says it gives local young people a sense of self worth.
It is one of around 30 organisations in the North Bristol area competing for one of a trio of £6,000 grants available under the scheme, which has been set up by the banking group to act as a platform to help local projects and charities raise awareness of their work.
The group’s profile on the Community Force website states:
“We meet on Saturdays for five hours.This gives local young people something to do instead of hanging round the streets. Many of our members are low academic achievers. Music and dance cross barriers both academically and culturally. Helping young people gain confidence has a huge impact on their families too.”
Voting in the nationwide competition runs until midday on Monday 24th October and the three projects with the most votes in each Community Force area will win a £6,000 award.
If it is successful, the group says it will use the money to clean and decorate a room behind the stage at the Labour Club where it stores costumes and equipment. It will also replace the stage curtain and purchase lights, microphones and a sound desk.
More info: Vote for Stage Whisper Youth Theatre