The Agency 2016-17

October 2016 to January 2017 saw fourteen young people develop their own entrepreneurial ideas through creative workshops at Providence House and research sessions at Caius House. They explored the needs of their local area, went out onto the streets to gain support for their plans and invited the local community to give feedback. They also met with professionals in their chosen field to gain expert advice.

At the end of December they pitched their ideas to a panel for the chance to gain up to £2000 funding and continued mentoring and support to make their idea a reality. Find out more about the funded projects below:

Chimna Orji, 17

FAÇADE is a six week design programme taking place in a local youth hostel. It is aimed at providing young people who have experienced homelessness with the opportunity to learn textile skills to design a new garment each week. These  designs will be produced and sold on to the public, with a percentage of all sales going back to the young designer. 

Henrietta Imoreh, 22

Redefine is a theatre company for young care leavers in Wandsworth. It will provide them with a platform to express themselves in a creative way. To inspire and provoke change.

Stevanie Matthews, 18

Rubics is a safe and non-judgemental space where people can participate in self-development workshops. Using SMART goals, the sessions aim to provide practical and positive activities in order to enhance well-being for those who struggle with mental health. RUBICS - Acknowledge. Accept. Action. 

The panel was chaired by Sunita Pandya (Deputy Director of Producing and Presentation, Southbank Centre), Brenda Emmanus (Arts, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent at the BBC), Ishbel Murray (Assistant Director of Contracts and Lesiure of Wandsworth and Richmond Councils), Pam Vision (Arts Council England) and Teasha Louis (Winner of The Agency 2015 with What We Want).