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Half Moon are delighted to announce receipt of funding from The Ironmongers’ Company and St James’s Place Foundation, in order to run the Speech Bubbles programme in six Tower Hamlets Primary Schools from September 2014 to June 2015.
Speech Bubbles is a targeted, year-long, evidence-based intervention which supports children in KS1 (ages 5-7) in developing their speaking, listening and attention skills through drama. The workshop programme supports the children and also enhances the skills of a member of school staff to run small group creative work, thus leaving a legacy for the work after the project has come to an end.
Speech Bubbles has been developed by London Bubble Theatre Company in Southwark since 2009 and, following successful implementation in several schools across Southwark, London Bubble was awarded funding from the SHINE Trust to work with partners in other London boroughs to extend the programme. Half Moon is the partner for Tower Hamlets and we worked on Speech Bubbles in two schools in during the 2012/13 academic year.
The funding from St James’s Place Foundation and The Ironmongers’ Company will be used to fund the programme in six Tower Hamlets Primary Schools. Participating schools so far include Mayflower, John Scurr (both participants in the original 2012/13 pilot), St Peter’s London Docks, Bonner (Mile End and Bethnal Green sites) and St Matthias.
Chris Elwell, Director of Half Moon commented: “We’re thrilled to have received this generous funding from St James’ Place Foundation and The Ironmongers’ Company, which will allow us to ensure these children reach their true potential at the beginning of their education.”
Mark Longbottom, Head of the St James’s Place Foundation commented: “We are proud supporters of the Half Moon Theatre and we recognise their ability to use participation in theatre to help make positive and lasting difference to young lives.”
St. James’s Place Foundation is a grant-making charity. The vast majority of funds raised come from fundraising or generous donations made by the Partners and employees of St. James’s Place each year, which are then matched pound for pound by the company. Over the last 22 years the St. James’s Place community has raised and distributed in excess of £34 million to good causes.
The Ironmongers’ Company is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies of the City of London. The company’s charitable work provides support for educational establishments and their students, almshouses, historic ironwork and other good causes.
Pictured above: Children from Half Moon’s Eclipse Youth Theatre being presented with a cheque from St James’s Place Foundation.