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.

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 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.

Current work 

Devastating After Effects is a remarkable short film about a mother's tragedy, which is now available as part of an educational resource for use in London secondary schools.

Ben Eine has just completed ENGAGING at Old Street, close to where Tom was killed. His earlier CHANGE is available as a blank 4-page card and envelope for £2, and soon we will be auctioning online six signed panels we were able to save.

Our research into the impact of anti-knife theatre on young people has been completed and now we're trying to raise the funds to include anti-knife theatre during Junior Citizen days at London primary schools in 2017-19. 

Funding

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!