The Sackler Trust supports a range of projects in the area of education, notably those focused on helping improve access to education for the disadvantaged and bringing a wider range of experiences to school children.
Resurgo Trust is a charity that seeks to stimulate social transformation in local communities and their main initiative, ‘Spear’, supports disadvantaged 16 to 24 year olds not in education, employment or training to find long-term employment.
Spear is an award winning programme which not only helps young people get the skills they need to find a job but also tackles the attitudinal and behavioural issues that are holding them back. Equipping participants with these tools to be work-ready can be life-changing for these individuals, as well as having a positive impact on their families and wider society. 75% of those who complete Spear not only go into work but remain there a year later. The Sackler Trust is proud to have helped fund Spear.
The Royal Court is the writers’ theatre. Based in London, it is a leading force in world theatre for energetically cultivating writers- undiscovered, emerging and established. Through the writers, the Royal Court is at the forefront of creating restless, alert, provocative theatre about now. It opens its doors to the unheard voices and free thinkers that, through their writing, can tackle today’s most important social issues and change our way of seeing.
The Sackler Trust supports the Royal Court’s Trainee Scheme which has changed the way the theatre recruits and trains the next generation. Through this Trainee Scheme, the Royal Court engages five trainees each year in departments across the organisation, recruited through an open and inclusive process. Trainees are offered year-long paid placements in departments behind-the-scenes including Press, Marketing, Producing, Casting, Literary, Finance and Development. The Trainee Scheme enables young people from varied backgrounds to enter the profession, diversifying these entry level roles. It is a transformational scheme for the individuals involved, for the Royal Court and for the arts sector.
Prisoners’ Education Trust provides educational opportunities for men and women in prison to enhance their chances of building a better life. The organisation provides courses, materials, advice and support in nearly every prison across England and Wales and has helped thousands of prisoners with opportunities to undertake courses that they would otherwise not have had.
The Sackler Trust’s support has helped the organisation provide distance learning and develop critical networks to support the delivery of education in prison, helping prisoners to gain new skills and readjust to society after their release.
The Old Vic has a 200 year history of bringing creative adventure and iconic performances to London and beyond. Theatre should be accessible to all and, over 10 years ago, The Old Vic launched Schools Club an education programme which now reaches at least 1,200 pupils at 40 different schools each year. The Schools Club bespoke education workshops which are inspired by The Old Vic’s productions open the world of theatre to students and their teachers alike, improving aspiration, spoken literacy, self-esteem and confidence.
The Old Vic is a registered charity not in receipt of public subsidy and offers Schools Club free of charge with the help of The Sackler Trust. The Sackler Trust is proud to have helped bring this experience to young people in London.