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Raw Material’s mission is to improve the lives of young people and their economic position, their opportunities, progression and development, including mental and physical health issues.


From our base in Brixton, we provide a range of training, mentoring and professional arts projects to develop creative talent, learn music and media skills, build confidence in a working environment and find routes into employment.

One of our founding principles is to make young people the centre of our organsiation. Wherever possible, those accessing our projects and programmes are encouraged to join the Raw Material team and develop their leadership skills and experience [read more]. Their views and issues inform everything from project delivery to group decision making and steering the ongoing development of the charity.

This approach creates routes to employment, and ensures the ethos and day-to-day workings of the organisation remain relevant for those benefiting from our service.

We provide the highest level of service with the best resources possible. Our mission is to create a professional, user friendly, safe and inspiring learning environment, fine-tuned to provide outcomes that make a difference to our participants and have real social, communal and economic impact.


Raw Material is a youth-led educational charity that uses the power of creative expression to help young people reach their full potential.
Set up by director Tim Brown in 1993, Raw Material provides a range of high quality arts experiences and participatory programmes for young people and adults in Lambeth, Greater London, the UK and internationally.

“We are a project that combines young people with professional artists – musicians, DJs, filmmakers – collaborating to make great things happen in urban areas and areas of need.” – Tim Brown, CEO of Raw Material

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