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Cambridge Junction awarded £170,750 for project

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The Cambridge Junction has been awarded £170,750 by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to support a new creative learning project.

Cambridge Junction’s J2
Cambridge Junction’s J2

It will fund Take Two, a three-year programme working with hospital schools, out-of-school education provision and autism cabins in Cambridgeshire schools. The Junction will develop its year-round programme of activities for young people at these sites, including the Olive AP Academy, Pilgrim Pathway Schools, and Red Balloon Learner Centres.

Take Two will also be supported by the Limbourne Trust and the Red Hill Trust, and the Junction is currently fundraising for the last portion of the income needed. Take Two starts this month with a three-week project with HighRise Theatre and students from Olive AP Academy, which has a base in Ascham Road, Cambridge.

It follows another project with HighRise and Olive AP Academy funded by the foundation in 2021. The resulting film, Cambridge: Underground – Not Just a Uni, is a showcase of the positive impact of the Junction’s work with young people.

Cambridge Junction Creative Learning with the Olive AP Trust
Cambridge Junction Creative Learning with the Olive AP Trust

The Junction’s artistic director, Matt Burman, said: “We are very proud of our brilliant Creative Learning programme at Cambridge Junction. Our work with young people is a vital and integral part of what we do and who we are.

“And this work is really important right now in growing confidence and giving space for young people to express hopes and fears, and so helping to improve their mental health and wellbeing. We are incredibly grateful to Paul Hamlyn Foundation for their significant financial support for our new project Take Two.

“We’re looking forward to working with some inspiring and fantastically creative young people over the coming years and really excited to be deepening our engagement with a range of educational settings across Cambridge and Cambridgeshire.”

Read more about the Junction’s work with Olive AP Academy at junction.co.uk/olive-ap-academy. Find out more about Creative Learning at Cambridge Junction at junction.co.uk/creative-learning.

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