In 2014, one in four children in Bristol was growing up in poverty.
The UK has one of the lowest social mobility rates of all OECD countries. Children growing up in poverty are less likely to achieve in school, to pursue a further education, and to find productive employment.
25% of children living in poverty believe that few or none of their career goals are achievable, compared to only 7% of those not living in poverty.
In 2014, 4366 students aged 18+ were enrolled on Arts courses at the University of Bristol.
The Performing Arts possess an incredible power for change, especially amongst young people.
They promote confidence, self-belief and self-expression; they encourage team work, positive communication and empathy; they lead to the development of invaluable transferable skills that last a life time.