Theatres, performing arts organisations and practitioners

The STEP partnership is open to all theatre and performing arts organisations (companies, venues, practitioners and training providers) based in Southwark and/or for whom educational work in Southwark is an important part of their strategic policy. Joining the STEP partnership gives you the opportunity to feed into a Southwark-wide initiative, collaborate with other organisations and create new and enduring links with schools and youth groups across the borough.

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Southwark educational institutions and youth and community groups

The STEP partnership is open to all educational institutions based in Southwark, from early years centres and nurseries to Further and Higher Education institutions. STEP offers free projects for your learners which range from engaging young people in classroom, curriculum-focused activities to exploring innovative performance genres, trips to see local performances and opportunities to engage in enriching extra-curricular activities including youth theatre and skills-focused workshops. We can also create bespoke projects in partnership with our theatre and performing arts partners which can meet your learners' particular needs.

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Businesses, network organisations and charitable trusts and foundations

STEP Strategic Partners include Southwark Council, Southwark Arts Forum, Reed Smith and Better Bankside. By working alongside STEP, strategic partners encourage the sustainability of STEP's vision, support the work of over 40 other theatre and performing arts organisations delivering projects in Southwark and engage with more than 2500 young people who access STEP projects each year. STEP benefits from funding, in-kind support and volunteers from a variety of STEP strategic partners.

STEP is funded by Southwark Council and Southwark businesses:

STEP is also supported by (volunteers and in-kind support):

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STEP Volunteers

STEP has a number of volunteering opportunities available for people looking to give their time to a local charity. Opportunities range from working directly with young people, to volunteering at events and strategically supporting STEP and partner organisations with skills sharing. Volunteering with STEP can be on the basis of a one-off project or an ongoing commitment

STEP currently works with professional volunteers from a range of sectors including legal firms, design agencies and media companies.

STEP professional volunteer, Fionnuala Lynch from Reed Smith:
Volunteering for STEP takes me away from the narrow confines of my role as a Tax lawyer in a City firm and gives me a unique insight into the invaluable work carried out by STEP to use theatre in education to help Southwark's young people. As Southwark is one of the most deprived boroughs in the country, it is so rewarding to be able to contribute in my own small way to such a worthwhile initiative and experience first-hand the benefits it brings to Southwark's young people. I would highly recommend all professional volunteers to get involved.

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