Routes is a free theatre programme for local 8 – 11 year olds running six times a year during the school holidays.

Alongside receiving breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks, young people work together under the guidance of our facilitators to create their own production which they perform to friends and family at the end of the week in our Theatre. The aims for the week are simple; to have fun, work as a team, challenge yourself and use your imagination!


Nationwide 1.3 million children receive benefits-related free school meals and in Lambeth alone 21.5% of children are known to be eligible. With pupils at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has launched a scheme to ensure these children still have access to healthy and nutritious meals while they are not attending school. Following reports that many schools are struggling to access the scheme and therefore families are not receiving their vouchers, we have created LunchBox.

We are working in close collaboration with Lambeth schools to deliver LunchBox – a daily packed lunch to the children of those families most in need, prepared by qualified caterers and delivered by volunteers on bikes from the local area.

Supported by Arts Society Clapham Common

"I have come home to a different child, she has completely come out of her shell."
Parent of participant
"This is the best thing to ever happen to me."

We want to make sure we are working with young people who we know will benefit from the programme and may not have access to similar opportunities. To do this we recruit on a referral basis working closely with local primary schools, social workers and community groups. Young people attending must qualify for the pupil premium and/or receive free school meals.

Routes will next be happening during the February half-term 13-17 February 2023. If you are interested in finding out more please email Alice at

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