As Westminster Conservatives axe the Council’s entire £350,000 a year arts and culture budget, Labour Councillors representing the Harrow Road, Queen’s Park, Westbourne and Church Street Wards have decided to spend £8,060 from their Ward Budgets towards a constructive youth engagement project for young people in the four wards, run by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The musical project will include those at risk of becoming involved in gangs and other negative behaviours and will enable young people to improve their life skills around social interaction, team work, communication, and empathy with others, through a creative workshop process. The young people involved in the project will work towards a final performance to showcase their achievements alongside members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Throughout this February half-term the RPO will be bringing together young people (12-19) from across the four wards of Westminster – Harrow Road, Queen’s Park, Westbourne & Church Street.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Royal Philharmonic to finance this youth engagement project. This is a great way of working with young people to bring out their creativity and channel their energy and enthusiasm in to the arts.