Young people have been hit hard by Covid-19 – especially their mental health and future job prospects. But we know that creativity can play a part in helping improve mental wellbeing and also in building the skills needed to take on future challenges and employment opportunities.

The Roundhouse Creating Futures report evidences, for the first time, the importance of our creative projects and the value of creativity on the future of the young people who take part in them – especially when it comes to getting a job.

We believe that young people should not be left behind in this crisis and we wholeheartedly believe that creativity has an intrinsic role in helping young people to become more resilient for the challenges that lay ahead.

Take a look at the report to find out how young creatives benefitted from their time at the Roundhouse and what we’re calling on the Government, funders and businesses to do, to support young people’s futures.

Coronavirus has exacerbated the huge challenges and inequalities young people from disadvantaged backgrounds face. As we move forward, we need to make sure that we equip them with the skills and confidence they need to harness future opportunities. I’ve been impressed by the Roundhouse’s work for many years. It is clear from this Creating Futures report that their approach has been very successful in helping young people on their programmes fulfil their potential. The Roundhouse has shown just how important creativity is to young people’s development and the need to invest in creative spaces where young people want to be – places where they can develop their skills, networks and aspirations.

Keir Starmer QC, MP for Holborn & St Pancras, Leader of the Opposition

It is clear – and demonstrated here in this report – that our work makes a difference. We are not a mere luxury for lucky young people. Through creativity, Roundhouse provides essential transferable skills and we give young people the belief and confidence to take themselves out into the world.

Marcus Davey, CEO and Artistic Director, Roundhouse

If you’re interested in talking to us about the report, or its recommendations, please get in touch with Tor Evans, Senior External Relations Manager, Roundhouse

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Report credits

Research led by Melissa Murdock, Roundhouse
Written by Helen Donohoe
Designed by Ellie Pinney
Edited by Tor Evans, Roundhouse