The Workshop is part of a charity with a mission to enable children and young people from disadvantaged circumstances to have equal access to enjoy and develop through watching and taking part in the performing arts.

We reach hundreds of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, providing a welcoming space for them to be themselves. For young people in difficult and chaotic circumstances, we provide continuity, individual support and a positive diversion from the challenges that they face.

Through our ‘Big Breaks’ bursary scheme, we look to support vulnerable young people to gain skills and confidence, to make new friends and gain an increased sense of belonging, like our sister venue The Garage before us. 

Between 2013 and 2016 they supported over 990 children and young people on the programme, delivering 1082 hours of one-to-one support, with 90% of young people experiencing a positive change.

Every young person on our Big Breaks scheme has been referred to us through our network of partners including schools, statutory agencies and charities working with children and families in challenging circumstances. This ensures that Big Breaks places go to the young people that need it most.

Our support team offer individual encouragement and mentoring to enable Big Breaks recipient’s to access, have fun and progress through taking part in the performing arts. We make a difference by:

  • Enabling young people to develop valuable skills including performance, confidence and team working.
  • Developing the aspiration of participants to engage in positive activities
  • Supporting disadvantaged young people to access our popular school holiday programmes
  • Helping with associated costs such as transport, dancewear and equipment
  • Providing opportunities to achieve nationally recognised Arts Awards qualifications
  • Enabling young people to achieve outside school and celebrate their achievements
  • Big Nights Out trips for children and their families enable them to have positive experiences together
  • Running a Creative Foundations course which gives participants the confidence to develop their skills at The Workshop, leading to free annual membership to our dance, theatre or music classes

We have many more disadvantaged young people referred to us than we have resources. By donating you can help us to make a difference to even more children and young people in challenging circumstances. Your donation will go a long way, for example:

  • £15 pays for a mentoring session for a young person
  • £5 pays for a big night out ticket
  • £66 pays for a term of class membership for a young person

To make a donation visit our page on Virgin Giving:

If you are an organisation that is looking for a charity to support, please get in touch with Emma Stanley, Development and Marketing Lead on Your contribution could help to change young people’s lives, for example:

  • £185 pays for a young person to take part in our school holiday programmes
  • £300 pays for qualification costs for 10 young people
  • £500 pays for 5 weeks delivery of our ‘Creative foundations course


The Garage Trust is an independent charity established in 2002. Since opening, a wide range of trusts, foundations, grant giving bodies, statutory organisations, businesses and other supporters have helped us raise the funds to develop our programme, projects and activities. Although we provide opportunities for all ages, much of our work is focused on supporting young people, particularly those that are disadvantaged, vulnerable or with the fewest opportunities.

The staff, Board of Trustees and all the young people who use The Workshop and The Garage would like to say a big thank you to all our current and past supporters, a selection of which are below:

Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk funder
Kickstart Scheme

Case studies


To celebrate a decade of The Workshop, we spoke to some of our participants about their journey with us and what made it so special. You can read their stories in the following case studies below. 

All photographs copyright Benjamin Mathers Photography