Eastside Educational Trust is a registered charity with a mission to engage and educate school age children, through direct participation in the arts. We want to inspire all young Londoners to develop their potential, share their talents and enrich their lives and we do this by enabling young people to work with professional artists, in areas where our help is needed most. We work with all young people through mainstream schools and academies both in school time and out of school hours, but our educational outreach programme actively targets those that are disadvantaged or disaffected and young people that have special educational needs, learning difficulties or disabilities.
Eastside has broken two Guinness World Records for literature, gained two quality assurance marks - 'Learning Outside the Classroom' and 'Investing in Volunteers', won the 'European Award for Languages' and in 2010 received 'The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service', the equivalent of an MBE for community based organisations.
Our arts activities and creative learning projects cover the entire spectrum of the arts including; drama and performance, dance and movement, literature and spoken word, visual arts and crafts, music and singing and film and media. We also give young people access to cutting edge technology including film editing, website production, blogging, social media and mobile applications. Our work introduces important life skills, such as leadership, responsibility, commitment and team work.
At the heart of every Eastside project is the belief that all young people have the capacity to surpass expectations and surprise us with their resourcefulness, creativity and enterprise. Eastside encourages children of all ages and abilities to work together and to learn from one another, giving them the opportunity to build on what they learn at school, to acquire new skills and to have fun trying something new. By enabling students and teachers to work collaboratively and empowering the young people in the decision making process, we believe that we can help young people to achieve more than they ever thought possible.
All of Eastside's celebrity patrons are fully committed to our vision and their endorsements and personal statements testify to the importance of supporting young people in their creative endeavours.
In 2010, Eastside Educational Trust was honoured to receive The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for volunteer groups and the highest award given to volunteer groups and charities across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities.