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SUPPORT BIG BREAKS

The Garage is a charity with a mission to enable children and young people from disadvantaged circumstances to have equal access to enjoy and develop through watching and taking part in the performing arts.

We reach hundreds of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, providing a welcoming space for them to be themselves. For young people in difficult and chaotic circumstances, we provide continuity, individual support and a positive diversion from the challenges that they face.

Through our ‘Big Breaks’ bursary scheme, we support vulnerable young people to gain skills and confidence, to make new friends and gain an increased sense of belonging. 

Between 2013 and 2016 we supported over 990 children and young people on the programme, delivering 1082 hours of one-to-one support, with 90% of young people experiencing a positive change.

Every young person on our Big Breaks scheme has been referred to us through our network of partners including schools, statutory agencies and charities working with children and families in challenging circumstances. This ensures that Big Breaks places go to the young people that need it most.

Our support team offer individual encouragement and mentoring to enable Big Breaks recipient’s to access, have fun and progress through taking part in the performing arts. We make a difference by:

  • Enabling young people to develop valuable skills including performance, confidence and team working.
  • Developing the aspiration of participants to engage in positive activities
  • Supporting disadvantaged young people to access our popular school holiday programmes
  • Helping with associated costs such as transport, dancewear and equipment
  • Providing opportunities to achieve nationally recognised Arts Awards qualifications
  • Enabling young people to achieve outside school and celebrate their achievements
  • Big Nights Out trips for children and their families enable them to have positive experiences together
  • Running a Creative Foundations course which gives participants the confidence to develop their skills at The Garage, leading to free annual membership to our dance, theatre or music classes

We have many more disadvantaged young people referred to us than we have resources. By donating you can help us to make a difference to even more children and young people in challenging circumstances. Your donation will go a long way, for example:

  • £15 pays for a support worker session to help young people in one of our classes.
  • £70 pays for a young person to enjoy a term of drama, dance or music classes
  • £180 pays for a young person to enjoy our school holiday programmes.

To make a donation visit our page on Charities Aid Foundation:

If you are an organisation that is looking for a charity to support, please get in touch with John Davis, Development and Marketing Lead on [email protected] Your contribution could help to change young people’s lives, for example:

  • £180 pays for a young person to take part in our school holiday programmes.
  • £300 pays for qualification costs for 10 young people
  • £500 pays for 5 weeks delivery of our ‘Creative foundations’ cour70

Marney Meakin Fund

A new charitable fund established in memory of the late Marney Meakin, fondly remembered by so many who have passed through the doors of The Garage in Norwich over the years.


The Garage Trust is pleased to set up this charitable fund, in honour of the late Marney Meakin. Fondly remembered here in her role as Front of House Manager, she gave so many theatre professionals their first chance in the industry, and inspired many more to pursue their passion for the arts. This fund will celebrate that immeasurable contribution, and continue to help and inspire future participants, through bursaries and provisions, giving access to our programmes for those who need it.

Adam Taylor, Executive Director of The Garage Trust, said this of Marney’s legacy and of her importance at The Garage:

“Many of us worked with Marney for some time, from her days at the Theatre Royal and here at The Garage when she retired. Many of us owe so much to the amazing woman who cared deeply about our work. Marney’s Legacy within The Garage is only just starting. Your support will help us start a scholarship in Marney’s memory and that work begins in earnest with a fundraising performance of TS Eliot’s Four Quartets by her dear friend and The Garage patron Peter Wilson, on 14 November . Her family know how much she was loved by us and we will miss her.”

Marney Meakin inspired so many, some who still work here at The Garage, to pursue their passion for theatre and performance. We are honoured to continue such a legacy by helping children and young people struggling to access the arts. Your donation will go a long way, for example:

  • £15 pays for a support worker session to help young people in one of our classes.
  • £70 pays for a young person to enjoy a term of drama, dance or music classes
  • £180 pays for a young person to enjoy our school holiday programmes.

To make a donation visit our page on Charities Aid Foundation:

Funders

The Garage Trust is an independent charity established in 2002. Since opening, a wide range of trusts, foundations, grant giving bodies, statutory organisations, businesses and other supporters have helped us raise the funds to develop our programme, projects and activities. Although we provide opportunities for all ages, much of our work is focused on supporting young people, particularly those that are disadvantaged, vulnerable or with the fewest opportunities.

The staff, Board of Trustees and all the young people who use The Garage would like to say a big thank you to all our current and past supporters, a selection of which are below:

Image of funders/supporters of The Garage
Kickstart Scheme

Case studies

THE GARAGE 10 YEAR BIRTHDAY CASE STUDIES 

To celebrate a decade of The Garage, we spoke to some of our participants about their journey with us and what made it so special. You can read their stories in the following case studies below. 

All photographs copyright Benjamin Mathers Photography