The Flavasum Trust

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In the last few years young people have not had it easy. The right job is difficult to find, and education hasn’t always delivered. In disadvantaged communities. Some of the most marginalised young people become members of gangs to give them status, and carry a knife for an extra sense of security.

Reaching these young people and gaining their trust has been an uphill struggle for agencies and organisations trying to help them find a job or get them back into education.

The Flavasum Trust believes that the arts have an important role to play in this process. We think that disaffected young people respect creativity as much as the rest of society, and become just as engaged when ideas and issues relating to their lives are discussed with them.

This is the reason why the Trust was set up – to help individuals and organisations using the arts reach more young people, and create new opportunities where the most marginalised and disaffected can find ways to change their lives. Projects using music, theatre, dance, poetry, film, photography, visual art are just some of those we support, as well as research which can provide evidence that the arts indeed have the impact we claim for them.

Current work

After the Flavasum Collection at the Unicorn Theatre a few year's ago, we needed to slow down a little. Even so, we were able to help Mark One produce Devastating After Effects, a remarkable short film about a mother's tragedy, which is now available as part of an educational resource for use in schools, and collaborate with Ben Eine to produce two murals, which he spray-painted at no cost to the Trust in Old Street, EC1, close to where Tom was killed. We're also selling a blank 4-page card and envelope of CHANGE, the first mural, for £2.

Lowering the number of young people carrying knives is a key objective for the Trust, but that can never be enough. We must help them to find new ways to live more positive lives, or face the social cost of a resentful minority who see no reason to change what they are doing.

Funding

In 2013 we joined with the Robert Levy Foundation to organise a fundraising dinner and live auction at Gilgamesh. An online auction took place a few week's later on eBay, so everyone had a chance to bid for some great items!

If you would like to know what we receive and spend each year, take a look at our profile pages at the Charity Commission - it maintains a simple web record from our annual returns. For all other information, email: peter@theflavasumtrust.org

As a small charity, we are totally dependent on donations, so if you think we are doing good work, please help us. Every little helps, as Tesco likes to tell us!