For Youth Services

Over the year I have seen a complete transformation in [NEET young people referred to LYT]. I can proudly say they are in education due to LYT’s positive involvement with them.”

LYT is proud to be a key provider of free after-school and weekend drama provision in the London Borough of Lewisham.

We use theatre as a mechanism for change in the lives of the young people we work with. All our projects build life skills, develop communication and literacy skills and support gifted and talented young people. We work with a wide range of partners to ensure our projects reach those most in need of our services.

We work with partners in youth social/health services and voluntary organisations to help young people who could benefit from our services access our projects.


  • Dedicated places on our projects for referrals of young people most in need
  • Free taster sessions or meeting with young people in your setting
  • Posters and flyers to give to your clients about our activities

We also work with partners to deliver special outreach projects with your client group.

For a list of our current partners, visit here.



LYT are working alongside Virtual School, Rushey Green, CAMHS among other partners to deliver outreach projects in 2024.



What We Offer: We provide additional support to children and young people in need who are referred to our projects. Support includes:

  • one-to-one meetings with participants and parents/carers/workers to help young people access our activities,
  • ongoing individualised support throughout the project
  • bursaries for additional theatre trips/opportunities.

Referral Criteria: We accept referrals of children and young people aged 8-24 who are ‘in need’ and could use additional support to engage in our projects.

LYT defines participants ‘in need’ as:

  • Coming from families in receipt of means-tested benefits;
  • Having a disability, special or mental health need (including a processing/learning difficulty, autism spectrum disorder or high anxiety);
  • Coming from disrupted families (including looked-after children, young carers, those known to social services or bereaved young people);
  • Facing marginalisation or requiring additional support to take part (including those with English as an additional language; young immigrants, young people who have been or at risk of exclusion)

In order to take part, young people must:

  • Want to engage in drama or technical theatre sessions
  • Live or learn in Lewisham
  • Attend no other after school drama group
  • Be able to work in a group without one-to-one support
  • Priority is given to those in state/free schools, academies or home schooling

We ask young people to be keen to take part and to commit to the full project. We do not offer drop-in sessions.

How to Refer: If you work with a Lewisham young person who could benefit from LYT’s projects, please complete a Referral Form. LYT staff will contact you to discuss the best way to support the young person to access LYT’s projects.


Check out our Youth Theatre page or contact our Outreach Producer Maz  via email or by phone on 020 8318 2508

For 16+ please see our Step Up page

Learn more about how we recruit for and allocate places on projects: download our Project Recruitment Strategy

LYT’s Outreach activities are currently supported by the Henry Smith Charity, People’s Postcode Community Trust, Assura Community Fund and Little Lives UK.