The Citadel has been awarded two grants by the BBC to support its work with the young people of St Helens.
A grant of £4,980 has been secured from the BBC Performing Arts Fund Community Theatre Scheme to bring in professional artists to work with young people who take part in a range of activities at The Citadel - and to further train the staff.
The project will work to develop the participants’ personal development through the use of drama, building confidence and team work skills.
Meanwhile, BBC Children in Need have awarded £6,958.
This grant will help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in St Helens - supporting young carers who take responsibility for family members at a young age.
Carmel Baines, the Waterloo Street venue’s community arts manager, said: “We are thrilled to have received such generous support from these organisations. Not only will it be used to develop the skills of young people but it will also help to train our staff so that we can better facilitate events and projects in the future.”
The Citadel runs weekly drama and music workshops for young people aged 4 and over. Johnny Vegas made a number of early performances at the Citadel.
Miriam O’Keeffe, director of the BBC Performing Arts Fund, said: “I think the arts are really important, which is why we support community groups and emerging talent. The money is made available through phone voting on BBC One entertainment.”