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Creative Arts and Futures are an exciting, passionate and innovative charity that began work in 1998 in the ex-coal mining communities of West and South Yorkshire. Since the beginning they have supported over 4000 children and young people and 100s of families from areas of high social disadvantage. Over the past 10 years they have provided over £2.4 million worth of education and personal support programmes through commissioned work and grant funding.

Creative Arts & Futures Ltd was formally called Escape Training & Development which was set-up in South Elmsall in 1998 by friends Pete Bradley and Simon Bassett.

Over the past 11 years the charity has been lead by David Hirst, a passionate Education & Arts practitioner who has over 25 years experience as a qualified Youth Worker and Senior Education Manager for Statutory Services and the Voluntary Sector.  From his experience in the youth work field he saw that many children, young people and families were ‘falling through the net’ of support provided by the local authority and voluntary sector due to funding cuts or services just not being available in certain areas.  With this in mind, the charity strived to fill some of these gaps and challenge some of the effects of social disadvantage and poverty.


Over the past 6 months CAF has been busy devising and planing a new dance & performing arts academy for under 18’s with Wingz Academy and Skool of Stree  -founders & artistic directors Sam Bell and Aishley Docherty – A world class provider of urban dance tuition  The Academy was started in April 2016 and has seen over 50 young people attend the classes. The project will engage local young people in a workshops in performing arts which will give them FREE, FUN tuition in Dance, Music and Theatre. At the end of each 10 week block of training the young people will then devise and share a new performance piece and link into our urban arts projects.

The academy is open to all young people from the local area and the classes run every Saturday 11am-1pm at Revoe Leaning Academy Grasmere Road Blackpool FY1 5HP.

We also hope to run this project idea across Fylde and replicate this model to as many young people as we can budget for.  The main drive for setting up the academies is to give access to young people who can’t afford tuition in performing arts and help nurture and develop their talents as well as have lots of fun…and learn to BeatBox!