Your class makes me feel safe and part of something good. I can forget my missing of my home, my mother. I can forget feeling alone and scared. I thank you, you make me happy. It is so good what you do for us.
— Akbar
 
 
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Play for Progress (charity no. 1166328) delivers and develops therapeutic and educational music and arts programmes, advocacy, and well-being support for traumatised and socially-isolated unaccompanied minor refugees based in London.

We are a family.

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create

We develop strong relationships with traumatised and socially-isolated unaccompanied minor asylum-seekers and refugees by delivering weekly therapeutic and educational music and arts programmes.

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support

We help young people in the midst of complex cases out of crisis by providing emotional and practical support.

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connect

We connect, collaborate, and share knowledge on best-practices with external communities and networks to ensure our young people can develop routes for long-term success.

 
Play for Progress is my family in England. Everyone here is like my brother and sister and I want to be with you forever. Thank you to everyone in this group.
— Mohamed
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OUR WORK

 

DEVELOPs

Students’ confidence and creative voices

Personal, social & practical skills

Trusting, reliable, positive relationships with adults and peers alike

prevents

Isolation

Abuse of young people within the system resulting from lack of oversight

Deterioration of mental health in some young people who are on long waiting lists for assistance

 

provides

A stable and dynamic community that adjusts to address different needs

Supplemental support for survival, education, and connection

helps

Students harness tools to overcome adversity, trauma, and stress

Guide the arts and therapeutic industries in utilising best practice when working with this vulnerable community

 
 
Today is the first time I am happy.
— A new student after experiencing his first Allies in Art gig night.
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I want to thank so much. You guys given me hope to live.
I don’t know how to say my feelings now. Thank you.
— Ali
Give me ten years and I’ll be on that stage!!!
— Jin, after seeing Hillary Hahn at the Royal Festival Hall
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Allies

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Edward Gardner

Chief Conductor, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Principal Conductor Designate, London Philharmonic Orchestra

 

with thanks to the supportive organisations we are woking with to change the status quo for vulnerable people across the globe

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