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Champions for Children 2023: Help us Launch ETO Lyrics!

Support our new workshop series!

This autumn, we're launching ETO Lyrics, a new workshop series that uses the power of lyrics and songwriting to build confidence and support the creative expression of young people in Alternative Provision settings.

Between 6 and 20 June we're raising £20,000 in essential funds for ETO Lyrics thanks to The Childhood Trust's Champions for Children campaign - every donation made in these two weeks will be doubled thanks to the Trust's generous support.


In ETO Lyrics sessions, classical and contemporary practitioners work alongside the students to write their own lyrics and create original pieces of music, combining contemporary and classical styles.

Delivered in collaboration with The Difference and local music hubs, ETO Lyrics will encourage participants to use their own experiences in a creative process, improving their mental health and wellbeing.

Help us reach our goal!


It is estimated that 1 in 10 children and young people in the UK are living with a mental health diagnosis. This number rises dramatically in Alternative Provision, where it is estimated that 64% of children have an identified SEMH (social, emotional, mental health) need. Here, listen to mental health researcher Dr. Robyn Dowlen talk about the positive effects of music making on the mental health of young people.

Every donation made between June 6th and June 20th will be doubled: £5 becomes £10, £50 becomes £100! We greatly appreciate your support of this important work.

By donating £1000, ETO receives £2000

Fund a facilitator training day and help us to tailor our work to the needs of each young person.

By donating £500, ETO receives £1000

Fund the research and evaluation of one ETO Lyrics programme and develop the use of arts within alternate provision settings.

By donating £250, ETO receives £500

Fund a facilitator for three sessions of ETO Lyrics, and broaden the skill sets and creative aspirations of our young people.

By donating £100, ETO receives £200

Contribute towards the essential funds needed to inspire young people through ETO Lyrics.