THE BBC has pledged funding to a Hereford project.

The Cracked Slipper Company, based in the city's Kindle Centre, has been awarded a grant of £44,997 over three years by BBC Children in Need for its “Drama 4 Change” scheme.

The project will provide people aged between 10 and 18 with a free to attend drama group led by professional practitioners, making the arts more accessible to young people who may be limited by social or financial disadvantages.

The charity already runs a weekly group run for neurodivergent young people and will be starting a new group in September for 7 to 10-year-olds.


“Drama 4 Change will provide young people between the age of 10 years and 18 years with the skills, confidence and experience to feel positive about their futures whether its further education or a career. We want to help young people to realise their potential and to help them to reach their aspirations” a spokesperson for Cracked Slipper said.

“The support from BBC Children in Need over the next three years will help us to make a difference and have a positive impact on young people’s wellbeing and self-esteem, providing young people with a platform to be creative, gain new skills and confidence whilst making new friends.

“This support will help us to give young people a voice through issue-based drama, empowering them to educate others about issues that are important to young people and their communities.”

Chairperson Victoria Craig added “We would not be able to reach out to the young people in Herefordshire without the support of BBC Children in Need. This grant will go on to change the lives of so many young people and give them the support they need.”