Cultural Leaders with Poetic Unity's Ryan J. Matthews-Robinson

Creative job opportunities launched for young people hardest hit by pandemic

The Cultural Leaders Youth Employment Scheme provides paid work for six young people (aged 18-30 years old) every six months with London based charities – Poetic Unity, Theatre Peckham and Black Cultural Archives.

The scheme, which is part of the Poetic Relief Project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, gives young people real on – the – job experience in the charity and art sectors. The selected Cultural Leaders will run poetry workshops, events, provide support for the community and learn about the daily operations of the charity they are designated too.

The first cohort of Cultural Leaders started in September 2021, and they have been a great success. The Cultural Leaders have helped each charity extend their impact and they have learnt transferable skills they can use for future employment.


The Cultural Leaders have been a breath of fresh air and have contributed to us supporting more young people in this time of need. To provide this youth employment scheme now where young people are struggling to find work is really important and I can’t wait to work with our new cohort of Cultural Leaders in the near future.

Ryan J. Matthews-Robinson, Founder and Chief Executive of Poetic Unity

Applications are now open for the second cohort of Cultural Leaders who will start on 1 March 2022. If you’re 18-30 years old and would like to apply for this role please send your name, age and current employment status to info@poeticunity.org.uk with the title ‘Cultural Leaders.’ Please note applications close on Friday 4 February at 5pm.

We all want to make it.
Make it in our chosen career. Maybe make it big.

Sometimes perhaps just make it to pay day.
But whatever our ambition, what unites us all is the desire to thrive, be recognised – and be supported.
And that’s what Lambeth’s Creative Enterprise Zone is all about. Supporting creative people to do amazing creative things without having to leave our amazingly creative corner of south London.
Because we all want to make it – of course – but more than that, we want to Make It in Brixton.

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