Keep The Doors Open
Arthur’s Hill youth project, the CHAT Trust, is looking for £15k from the public to keep its doors open.
The project, which has worked with hundreds of local young people in its 25 year history, is facing closure unless it can find the cash to continue its activities.
It currently runs three main youth activities – a Building Aspirations in a Safe Environment, Reclaim The Lanes and Friday night Outreach In The Park sessions.
It has helped propel many onto new paths.
“Some have gone on to do incredible things”, says CHAT Trust manager Caroline Emmerson, “from getting masters degrees to supporting artists like Akala; becoming managers in businesses to starring in Oscar winning movies.”
One of those supported was actor and rapper Kema Kay, who shot to national prominence in the film ‘I, Daniel Blake’, a gritty story about life on benefits, and winner of the coveted Palme D’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Caroline says it has been “really difficult” raising funds from grant givers to keep the project on its feet in the current economic climate.
“CHAT urgently needs to raise £15,000 to give us a fighting chance to keep our doors open until next year”, she says.
Together with young people and project supporters, the CHAT has now started a campaign to raise money from the public.
A crowdfunder page has been set up where people can donate. This can be found at www.gofundme.com/savethetrust
A fundraiser event is being held at the O2 Academy on Tuesday 5 September with Kema Kay, Kay Greyson, Rex Regis and young people from the Trust. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £5.00, available from the CHAT Trust, or on the door.
A CD with music from the Trust will soon be available to download. Check out the CHAT Trust website.