Cold, soggy Escape Artists

In just two days, I will be setting out on a 60 mile walk from The Roundhouse in London to Cambridge for charity! It looks to be a really wet and cold weekend!

Unfortunately, as I’ve been out of the office and working with the Heron Unit at Feltham Prison on one of our arts workshops, I’m not sure what the consensual feeling is about the long weekend. Personally, I’m looking forward to dusting off my camera and getting out to see a bit more of the UK countryside alongside some fab people who I’m fortunate enough to know through working at Escape Artists.

To give you a clearer idea of why we are subjecting ourselves to the torture, let me explain more about what we do.

According to the Leitch Report, if nothing is done, then by 2020, based on current trends:
* 4 million people in the UK will still lack functional literacy skills, and 6 million will lack functional numeracy.
* 11% of those aged over 25 will still lack the equivalent of a basic school leaving qualification.

This continuing shortfall will have profound implications; both for the economy and for society. Escape Artists provides accredited courses aimed at improving numeracy, literacy, and functional skills to marginalised groups to better equip them to engage with mainstream society.

£64.80 allows one unemployed young person from disadvantaged backgrounds to travel within London twice a week for a month to a volunteer placement, gaining invaluable work experience. 13 people sponsoring £5 will quickly add up to cover these travel expenses, so every little bit counts!

A donation of £157.95 will provide the opportunity for one socially disengaged young person to continue their education to the minimum governmental standard (GCSE equivalent), and thus, empowering them to engage positively in mainstream society.

£389.45 allows us to accredit 15 young people in our workshop with numeracy or literacy qualifications at GCSE equivalent level.

£1867.00 enables Escape Artists to run one of our OCN accredited arts workshops in numeracy or literacy for 15 young people from marginalised groups.

If you would like to sponsor our work with marginalised groups, please click here to donate.

To find out more details of how we strive to impact our young people, please visit the Escape Artists website.

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~ by Jen C. on 01/04/2010.

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