Community and Outreach

Community and Outreach

Burnley Youth Theatre is committed to making our artistic offer accessible to everyone and our organisation prioritises engaging the community and introducing the arts to those who have not experienced theatre before. Our outreach team strive to reach those families and young people who may not usually access the arts and support them to participate in creative activities that promote their well-being, build confidence, build skills and widen their social network.

Examples of Community and Outreach Projects

Through the delivery of our creative outreach projects our organisation has reached a diverse range of young people and communities throughout East Lancashire.

Creative Families in the Community

This project was a project funded by LCC’s Building Resilience Fund and from 2016 to 2018 this project enabled our outreach team to work within community settings throughout East Lancashire delivering an exciting programme of creative activities. Working creatively with over 100 families including targeted families, the homeless community, refugee groups, families with experience of domestic violence and families with complex needs. This project has stepped the community into our organisation and had a positive impact on their lives.

The Friends of Burnley Youth Theatre

This project was initially funded by the Near Neighbours Fund and it enabled our organisation to create a safe space for adults with or without children to take part in creative activities, build friendship and access the arts. This is now a community led group that meets weekly at Burnley Youth Theatre, supported by our Family and Youth Engagement Coordinator and led by a group of community volunteers who are now building their confidence and skills and receiving access to training.

The Rose Project

The Rose School is a unique special school in Burnley for young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. We have delivered a variety of projects in this school and our person centred creative approach enables the young people to build key life skills, to identify their aspirations, build confidence, gain experience and expand their possible life choices. Through drama, film, spoken word, music, dance and visual arts we facilitate an exciting creative programme that supports and encourages the young people to take their next steps in life.

Young Voices Leadership Project

This was a community cohesion project that we facilitated with two local high schools Marsden Heights and Blessed Trinity in collaboration with the Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre. Through drama, the young people explored racism, radicalisation and hate crime, producing a film that demonstrates the young people’s perceptions of the world they live in.

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Partnership Working

Over the years Burnley Youth Theatre has built many partnerships within the voluntary sector, the arts sector and with community groups and community leaders within East Lancashire. We work closely with local services to support people to access positive opportunities that improve their lives and have an impact on the wider community.

If you are a community group, school or organisation who would like to work with Burnley Youth Theatre please contact Rachael Bamber at

Commission a Community and Outreach Project

In order for us to sustain our community practice it is necessary for our organisation to seek funding opportunities that enable us to deliver exciting arts based projects within community and outreach settings.

If you are an individual or organisation who would like to commission a community project or you would like any further details relating to our outreach work or past projects please contact Rachael Bamber at