Arc news: August 2017


Arc's first Crowdfunding campaign needs your support!



We are delighted to launch our Crowdfunder this summer - and we need YOU to help us reach our target of £6,480 to teach online safety to 1,200 primary schoolchildren, providing them with skills for a safer future!

Arc's powerful Broadcast Junior performance programme is ready to tour to Barking & Dagenham primary schools. Designed and presented by our Education Director Natalie Smith, along with a team of young, professional actors, this programme offers interactive drama and multi-media sessions to children aged 9 to 11 in primary schools, designed to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable young people and prevent digital misuse and exposure to online abuse and exploitation.

Broadcast Junior has been very successfully touring primaries in the London Borough of Havering this spring (along with Broadcast - the secondary school version), funded by local council departments. Raising our Crowdfunding target means that we will be able to bring the programme to young people in Barking & Dagenham schools this autumn term!

To support us, please visit our Crowdfunding page and pledge - from as little as £1 - to help us reach our goal! Your pledges mean that we are one step closer to Barking & Dagenham Council match-funding our target! Also sharing our page with friends, family and colleagues will help us spread the word and secure more support!

The biggest thank you to everyone who has contributed to our successful campaign:

Crowdfund Barking and Dagenham (London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council)

Santander UK Changemaker

Barking and Dagenham Somali Women's Association (BDSWA)

Eva Crompton

Laura Manickamchetty

Graham Simmons

Ash Hurlock

Lillie Jamie Hurlock

Janet Boyd

Don Carmichael

Paper Theatre

Bharti Patel

Pradeep Jeyaratnam-Joyner

Trevor Williams

Sheelagh Steward

Gemma Aukett

Dilly Rich

Dominic Hedges

Claire Noble

Karis Braithwaite

Tiran Aakel

Grace Pluckrose-Oliver

Maureen Oakeley

Mike Ainsworth

Phoe Bee

Martin Murphy

Beverley Davyd-Whitrick

Emma Reeder

Helen Jenner


Hanifah Taj

Rebecca Snooks


Anil Siv

Rachel Southern

Sanchia Alasia

Alan Wright

Teresa Orpin

Amy Long

Judith Garfield

Aaron J Gordon

Yeshim Yasmin Gözenler

Jo Richardson School (JRCS), Dagenham (students generously donated the proceeds from their non-uniform day)

Katie Snooks

Rita Chadha

Bill Lovelock

Anne Macaulay

Ricky Oxford

Ellen Doran


Cathy Blunt

Poppy Stevens

Grace Duggan

Debbie Butler

Monica Needs

... and all the fabulous anonymous supporters who have generously pledged!

Thank you from all of us at Arc Theatre and from the schoolchildren of Barking & Dagenham!

Press and media:

See article in the Barking & Dagenham Post (online edition, 29 September 2017)

See article in the Barking & Dagenham Post (online edition, 1 August 2017)

On Tuesday 11 July, Arc's Education Director Natalie Smith featured on the BBC's daily news and current affairs show with Victoria Derbyshire discussing the rise in 'sexting' amongst children and our Broadcast online safety programme for schools - Download on BBC iplayer (from 15:45-28:40)

Victoria Derbyshire

Arc diary of events

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Barking & Dagenham Good Causes Lottery Draw
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Hackney secondary schools for Hackney SNB
Stop & Think stop & search/account awareness programme

Adult community groups for Havering SNB
School for Scammers community safety workshop tour

Women's Vote Centenary Grant
Barking & Dagenham young women's film project

Til Summer '18
Secondary schools for Epping Forest District Council
Out of School Child Sexual Exploitation awareness

Til Summer '18
Primary & secondary schools in London Boroughs
Broadcast/Broadcast Junior online safety programme

Throughout '18
Primary & secondary school staff
Arc's Female Genital Mutilation INSETs with Leyla Hussein

Throughout '18
B&D young people for LBBD MOPAC & Jack Petchey
Raised Voices female leadership programme

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