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Our Vision

A world in which young people are able to reach their highest potential because they are safe, heard and empowered to express themselves authentically.

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Our mission

To provide safe spaces, programmes and opportunities that enable marginalised young

people to unlock their full potential. 

 

We use poetry as a tool to give a voice to the voiceless; supporting young people's education, confidence, self esteem and mental wellbeing. 

Our Values

 

Authenticity 

We believe that in order for young people to fulfill their potential, they should feel comfortable in their own skin. So, we bring our own authentic selves and demonstrate that there is strength in being vulnerable and true to who you are.

 

 integrity

We lead by example, encouraging an honest and open dialogue with the young people we support; in the hope that their futures will be built on strong moral principles.

 

 

 EXCELLENCE

The young people we work with are full of untapped potential. We feel it is our duty to do all we can to help them unlock it and we work to the highest standards to achieve this.

 

EMPATHY

The work we do with our young people can be deep and sometimes triggering. So we work with kindness and compassion, striving to bring light where there is darkness.

 

COMMUNITY

We provide safe spaces to bring people together from all walks of life; encouraging inclusivity, inter-generational connections and the sharing of perspectives.

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Give a voice to the voiceless

In society young people are often silenced and ridiculed for their views. We believe its critical that young people have a voice, so we create safe and friendly environments for young people to express themselves and feel valued in the community.

USE LIVED EXPERIENCE TO UNLOCK POTENTIAL

Our team comes with lived experience of being marginalised and we use this understanding to inform the way we work. Our approach makes mainstream education more engaging, helps to improve behaviour and equips young people with skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

IMPROVE MENTAL WELLBEING

We provide programmes to educate young people on mental health and support them with holistic methods such as writing poetry, to help them face their issues in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

 

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WHAT WE DO

Our impacT

 

 

1,421 services provided

We've held 804 events and 617 workshops, a total of 1,421 services for young people since 2015. 

40,000+young people reached

We have reached 40,000 + young people in the UK and worldwide through our services since 2015.

 

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no cost in giving programme 

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Poetic Unity’s ‘No Cost in Giving’ programme launches 20th March 2023 and will provide young Black/Black mixed people aged 12-30 years old the opportunity to enjoy the cultural highlights of London. With the economic downturn and effects of the pandemic, young Black people have been cut off from experiencing London's best events.

A new survey, commissioned by Poetic Unity, reveals 9 out of 10 young Black people (89.1%) that Poetic Unity support have said that the cost-of-living crisis has prevented them from attending events. This new initiative will bridge the cultural gap by offering free tickets to the cinema, theatre shows, art galleries and cultural activities. As well as free tickets, Poetic Unity will host conversations and gatherings directly after activities to encourage discussion and connectivity between young people.

Poetic Unity has teamed up with some of the most prestigious cultural institutions the UK has to offer.  The No Cost in Giving’ programme is partnering with Picturehouse Cinemas, The Royal Court Theatre, Theatre Peckham, We Are Parable, Streatham Space Project, Dark Matter Agency and South London Gallery to open their doors to young Black people so they can experience the richness of art and culture.

 

To find out more about the programme and how to access free tickets click here or go to Instagram @PoeticUnity. If you're an organisation that would like to be involved, email: info@poeticunity.org.uk  

COST OF LIVING CRISIS EASED FOR YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation Funding

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POETIC UNITY RECEIVE £180,000 FUNDING BOOSt

Poetic Unity has received a significant financial boost from the esteemed Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The foundation, known for its commitment to improving the natural world, securing a fairer future, and strengthening community bonds, has chosen to support Poetic Unity's impactful youth initiatives. Poetic Unity will receive funding of £180,000 total over the next three years starting from January 2024 which will help the charity build on its infrastructure and create campaigns to increase awareness of sickle cell disease, anti-misogyny, and homelessness plus much more.

Poetic Unity shares Esmée Fairbairn Foundation's dedication to creating positive change, especially at a grassroots local level. The newly secured funding will empower Poetic Unity to expand its reach and amplify its impact on communities. New job opportunities and training will become available for young people with Poetic Unity aiming to train up to 20 young people a year on how to run programmes and support their own business ventures. 

Catherine Hillis, Director of a Fairer Future at Esmée Fairbairn, commented:

We’re thrilled to be supporting Poetic Unity, who provide safe and inclusive spaces for young people to explore their creative expression, supporting them to raise their aspirations and influence change in their lives and the world around them. Their close connection to the young people they work with ensures Poetic Unity’s programmes are responsive and relevant. And whilst they are based in South London, their impact spans the UK, with exciting partnerships that have brought their programmes to Manchester, Birmingham and Scotland.”

The collaboration between Poetic Unity and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation demonstrates the potential for impactful partnerships to drive positive change in communities. Poetic Unity looks forward to utilising this funding to continue its mission.

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