The world's largest youth drama festival

Get involved: Fundraise & volunteer

Fundraise

Any money you can raise will go directly to helping young people learn how much they can achieve through the unique power of Shakespeare. Be not afraid of greatness!

Whether you're planning a jog to the shops, a hike up Ben Nevis or a casual transatlantic swim, we would love to hear from you. Supporters have gone to amazing lengths to raise money for SSF.

If you are planning to fundraise for SSF, or you’d just like to hear more about how you can help, get in touch with us on [email protected].

Volunteer

We are passionate about giving everyone access to the arts. You can apply to volunteer in our head office for up to two weeks. This opportunity is for you if you are interested in gaining experience in; arts administration, marketing and sales, event management, project management, creative delivery. To apply please email [email protected] with some information about why you are interested, when you want to volunteer and what experience you hope to gain.

Some of our fantastic fundraisers

  • Liam’s sponsored swim

    Liam O’Driscoll braved the June chills and plunged into the depths of Lake Windermere to raise money for SSF.

    Liam found himself facing a one mile swim to shore without "side help" or lanes to grab onto. He explains on his JustGiving page that he’d only had six weeks of training so was understandably anxious. We hear he hid his nerves well on the day and are delighted that he finished the mile whilst raising £405!

    Lake Windermere is set in the visually perfect Lake District with the title of being England’s largest lake, a title scary enough to put off many swimmers, with a length of 10.5 miles.

    "I truly believe in what they do to give children and teenagers an opportunity they may never experience again."

  • Maya’s artwork auction

    Seven-year-old Maya auctioned her artworks on eBay to raise money for her favourite charities. She chose five pictures, five charities and signed and framed the original drawings, all of which were snapped up on eBay. Her artwork Adventure Map was auctioned in aid of SSF and raised a brilliant £23.

  • Sally’s artwork sale

    Artist Sally Court and her friend Ann Mallalieu held a gallery evening in aid of SSF, raising an amazing £500.

    Ann hosted the event and Sally’s artworks were available to buy with 25% of proceeds being donated to SSF.

    "I have been a teacher in state schools for some of my life and I only wish that such an inspiring programme had come to my attention at that time. To give children from all walks of life confidence and esteem is such a positive step."

  • Curtis’ performance film

    Curtis, who attends Rokeby School in London, took part in the Festival last year. While taking part, he filmed a performance of his cast's A Midsummer Night's Dream production and sold DVDs to cast members. His entrepreneurial spirit has raised an amazing £400 for SSF and will be put to work immediately helping more young people to take part in the Festival this year.

    Thank you Curtis and Rokeby School!

  • Priestland School’s Shakespeare world record success

    Festival school Priestlands travelled all the way to New York to attempt the world record for the highest number of Shakespeare quotes spoken in five minutes. They raised £1,405.36 for SSF and successfully smashed the world record!

  • Will’s London marathon

    Will Hooper ran the London Marathon in the stonking time of 3.20.01 to raise over £1,300 for SSF. Will, who took up the challenge in January, trained through snow, wind and rain. He said:

    "I set myself a tough target of 3 and a half hours but I was keen to battle through training and make it. It's amazing to know that the money raised will support 8 schools and over 200 children gain the Festival experience. I've opted to support the Sheffield Festival particularly, because of working with young people there in the past. A great few months!"

97%
of teachers told us they developed strong leadership skills

We train and support teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to work actively and ambitiously with Shakespeare.

About our impact
95%
of special school teachers saw an increase in their students' resilience

We believe Shakespeare is for everyone. Every year children from very different backgrounds come together to perform on the same stage.

About our impact
79%
of special school teachers saw an increase in their students' confidence

We believe Shakespeare is for everyone. Every year children from very different backgrounds come together to perform on the same stage.

About our impact
87%
of teachers would strongly recommend the Festival to a colleague

We train and support teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to work actively and ambitiously with Shakespeare.

About our impact
As a result of the Festival process,
97%
of teachers are confident working with Shakespeare

We train and support teachers from primary, secondary and special schools to work actively and ambitiously with Shakespeare.

About our impact
As a result of taking part in the Festival,
97%
of teachers think they will stay in teaching for longer than 5 years

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
98%
of teachers developed a strong relationship with their students through the Festival process

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
97%
of teachers told us their students were better able to express themselves

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instil curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
86%
of teachers reported that their students' academic attainment improved

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
93%
of teachers told us the Festival improved their teaching

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
86%
of teachers said that their students' behaviour improved as a result of the Festival

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
95%
of teachers stated that students were more enthusiastic about learning

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
86%
of teachers reported that attainment in English improved

We work to promote educational attainment - especially in literacy, literature and the performing arts.

About our impact
10%
of participants have English as an additional language

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
11%
of participants have a statement of educational needs

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
12%
of participants are eligible for free school meals

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
27%
of participants are minority ethnic

We have used the power of Shakespeare to improve the life chances of thousands of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK and with children with special educational needs.

About our impact
More than
1,000
schools participate in the Festival

We work nationwide - from Aberdeen to Aberdare, Carlisle to Clacton.

About our impact
Our young people will perform in front of
65,000
people nationwide

At our core is our Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival.

About our impact
In 2018 we will work with up to
30,000
young people

At our core is our Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival.

About our impact
96%
of teachers said that their students were resilient as a result of the Festival

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
95%
of teachers reported that their students were better able to empathise with each other

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
99%
of teachers said that their students increased in confidence

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
97%
of teachers agreed that their students were better at working together as a team

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
94%
of students are more likely to seek out new opportunities

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
More than
250,000
young people have taken part in the Festival

At our core is our Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival.

About our impact

SSF is a cultural education charity that exists to instil curiosity and empathy, aspiration and self-esteem, literacy and teamwork - giving young people the confidence to see that all the world is their stage.

Learn more about us