The Inflexion Foundation makes major donation to the Roundhouse
The Inflexion Foundation is pleased to announce that it has donated £1.5m to the Roundhouse to support its new state-of-the-art centre for young people that will expand the Roundhouse site.
Young people have been hit hard by the pandemic, with the under-35s accounting for almost 80% of jobs lost in the past year, with mental health problems becoming more prevalent. This new development will mean the Roundhouse can increase the number of young people they work with each year from nearly 7,500 to 15,000 a year. At a time when young people need opportunities and hope, this space will give 18-30 year olds the opportunity to develop their skills, create networks and increase their employment opportunities.
The new creative centre will open its doors in autumn 2022 and will include an affordable and flexible co-working space for young entrepreneurs including meeting space and equipment; a triple-height studio for large scale performing; two new multi-use studios and an enhanced employability and financial literacy programme for hundreds of young people. Through this new building and programme of work the Roundhouse aims to open up opportunities in the creative industries to ethnically diverse young people and those from lower socio economic backgrounds, ensuring the sector better reflects society.
This new creative centre signifies a substantial investment in young people at a critical time, marking a positive step in finding solutions to youth unemployment and ensuring young people from disadvantaged backgrounds do not get left behind. We look forward to seeing the creativity that the new space will inspire.
Simon Turner, Trustee, The Inflexion Foundation
Inflexion have been a longstanding supporter of the Roundhouse, and during the pandemic provided much needed funds when charities such as ours were so badly affected. We are thrilled that their support will make this exciting new centre a reality, enabling us to double the number of young people we support.
Marcus Davey, CEO and Artistic Director, the Roundhouse