Step Up for 16+

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

Step Up is a free, informal, creative project to support young people aged 16-24 who are not in full-time employment, education or training. It’s designed to develop your skills, to help you increase confidence, well-being, support you back into work or education, and get where you want to go.

New Projects for 16-24s

We’re piloting two new projects during April – July 2020

Find out more about our Young Producers and First Steps Drama Project here.

Young Touring Company

Are you ready to take a STEP UP into the creative industries?

A unique and intensive training opportunity for young artists to create and perform a play for and about young people. This programme is the next step for those over 16 who are interested in pathways into training for theatre and community and youth work.

Young Touring Company Dates:
Auditions: Wednesday 29th January & 5th February
Rehearsals: Weds & Thurs, 10am – 4pm, 10th February – 5th March
Tour: 8 x performances 9th -21st March

What is it?
The Young Touring Company is made up of 5 young theatre makers, aged 16-24, who come together to create and tour a new play. Supported by a professional production team, they take on roles as performers and production assistants to devise, produce and tour the play to schools and youth settings across Lewisham. The play uses Forum Theatre – an interactive theatre technique that gets the audience to try out solutions to the characters’ problems.

What will I gain?
As a performer, you’ll learn new skills in Forum Theatre, devising an original script and training as a Workshop Facilitator. As a production assistant, you’ll gain skills in theatre design, project management and arts administration. All participants will gain AQA accreditations.

You will receive expenses during the rehearsal period, and will be paid a trainee fee for each performance.

Past participants have gone on to further drama and theatre training, College and University as well as other voluntary and paid opportunities with LYT.

Where does it take place?
Rehearsals take place at the Broadway Theatre Rehearsal Room in Catford and culminate in 2 weeks of touring in the local community.

Who is eligible?
Lewisham young people aged 16-24 who are not in full-time education, employment or training. We will also accept applications from young people in surrounding boroughs with a connection to Lewisham (eg studied in a Lewisham school/college, or previously lived in Lewisham).

How do I get involved?
To register for an audition, email Emma or text/whatsapp 07435 969 157

Where can I find out more? See information on previous Young Touring Company’s performances Stacked (2019) and Follow the Leader (2018)

Helping you get to where you want to be

Are you aged 16-24, not in full-time education or employment? Want help with your next steps?
Join us for this FREE project to help build your confidence, skills and access to opportunities.

“This has been an eye-opening experience.
It’s really prepared me for my future.”
Life Skills Participant 2019

Want to know what other young people have thought of Life Skills?
Listen to this podcast made by participants Matthew and Katrina:

The Life Skills Project consists of 8 creative sessions across 4 weeks to help you:
Develop Communication Skills – Learn How To Write a CV
Build Your Confidence – Meet Like-Minded People
Access 1-to-1 Support – Find Out About New Opportunities
You’ll also be able to gain AQA Unit Award accreditations

Want to know what other young people have thought of Life Skills?

Past participants have gone on to other projects, training and work within LYT and beyond.

Sessions will take place:
Tuesdays and Wednesday, 11am – 3pm
12th November – 4th December 2019
The project is free but places need to be booked.

To find out more or to refer a young person, contact Emma or call 020 8690 3428 / 07435 969 157

Step Up Mentoring

Everyone involved in Step Up is offered one-to-one advice and guidance mentoring.  These sessions can help you set goals, identify barriers that are holding you back, and find out more about opportunities that can help you get where you want to be.

How To Take Part:

In order to take part in Step Up, you must:

  • Be aged 16-24 and be able to attend day-time activities
  • Live or learn in the London Borough of Lewisham
  • Not be in full-time education, employment or training

If you are interested in being part of the Step Up Programme, please email us at or click here to download a New Enquiry Form.

The Step Up Programme is currently supported by:
the Mercers’ Company and St. James’s Place Foundation