The Foundation continues to support the work of the Lyric Hammersmith who provide life-changing opportunities for local young people.

The Lyric, Hammersmith

The Lyric is respected as one of the UK’s most exciting theatres, dedicated to creating highly innovative and groundbreaking work that is accessible to artists and audiences of all ages from a variety of backgrounds. Alongside its work on stage, the Lyric runs an extensive and well- established programme of participatory activities for young people from a range of cultural, social and economic backgrounds. This programme has a national and international reputation and has been cited as a model of best practice by Arts Council England, the Department for Education.

Girls at the Lyric Theatre

The Foundation’s grant will support the Lyric’s Peer Mentoring programme.

The Lyric’s network of Peer Mentors provides vital support to young people that we work with, offering a much-needed “middle ground” between our lead practitioners and the cohorts of young people who participate in our programmes.

By attending the Peer Mentoring Training programme young people can learn how best to support and encourage young people. The programme teaches young people how to support other young people with low self-esteem and how to lead work one-on-one sessions with persons with additional needs or disabilities.

The programme also trains young people to work with our lead practitioners to manage behaviour and how to deal with any personal disclosures. Peer Mentors are a major asset to the Lyric Hammersmith and we are pleased that with the support of the Sam Griffiths Foundation we can train more young people to undertake this role.”


Tributes to Sam

  • I can’t thank you enough for 3 years of laughs and giggles you gave everyone. This isn’t fair, you were truly a star and you will never be forgotten.

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