Help4RefugeeChildren is a small grass roots political and humanitarian organisation created after several visits to the Calais Refugee Camp to deliver humanitarian aid and large scale food distributions for refugees in the camp.

During these visits we grew extremely concerned about the conditions in which children and families are living there. Raw Material worked alongside Help4RefugeeChildren and volunteers on two visits this summer.

We are aware of the psychological traumas that the children are suffering as well as the difficult situation that they are currently enduring, increasingly now that with the coming of winter. Some of the children I meet in the Jungle, were there alone and as young as just a few months old!

We want to build engagement with refugees focusing on families and young children by running various creative arts workshops – the benefits of these workshops are: teaching basic English, developing confidence, fun and engaging team building helping children develop trust and maintaining hope during this difficult situation. As well as, helping to reduce stress and improve mental health, through engagement in creative, fun and therapeutic activities.

There were about 100 children in the camp, when we started, now and this number is growing every single day and currently is estimated at 500!

They have been left to die in this camp by our European Governments. It is thanks to people like you, who donate today, why they are currently surviving.

The Government has eventually agreed to take a small number of children who have relatives in the UK, so Help4RefugeeChildren will continue to support children both in the UK and those who continue to be displaced in France.

Please donate what you can.
Thank you.

We were all knocked out by the YOUTHSAYERS project and are pleased to have hosted this exemplary music project at Raw Material. Lead musician Robin Hopcraft and his team from the Soothsayers band provided over 20 aspiring and clearly talented young musicians aged 10 to 16 with really high quality tuition and guidance over a ten week course, that culminated in three concerts, all full to capacity, with a final knock out show with the Soothsayers at the Lambeth Country Show festival main stage. This project has paved the way to harnessing and developing  the talent in Lambeth through ensemble playing and getting to grips with Afrobeat music, inspired by the legacy of Nigerian master Fela Kuti. We are proud to be able to continue to support the project over the next 10 weeks enabling the current and next cohort of brass players, drummers, bass, guitar and keyboard players to go to the next level. Inspiring yes, energising yes, talent yes!

Bring it on Youthsayers!

Raw Basics offers people referred by mental health services a weekly opportunity to develop their musical skills and abilities in structured sessions, combining music theory and practice.

This week Monday group was full to bursting with instrumentalists getting their heads around pentatonic scales in the workshop, with a special session introduced by Raw Basics member and guitarist Tony and led by Mike Strocchi. In the introduction the group listened to the use of the five note scale in classical Japanese music and how that is related over time and culture to BB King’s use of major pentatonic scales in his songs. They also watched the amazing Bobby McFerrin’s input into the ‘Notes and Neurons’ debate and the search for a common chorus.
The class continued by the practical application of pentatonics in a live playing situation -people taking turns to play drums, guitar, keys and bass, and individual musicians taking a ambitious 32 bar solo section. Altogether a great learning curve for all.
Raw Basics is supported by the People’s Health Trust Fund.


Young People’s Programmes at Tate Britain and Tate Modern are partnering with Raw Material’s mental health programme to engage young musicians with visual arts. Participants will work with contemporary and emerging artists to explore identity, style, visual representation, music promotion and performance skills, culminating in producing their own album artwork to takeaway and share across their own channels. Initiated by a consultation with participants to the Raw Sounds programme, Tate will commission artists to deliver workshops in photography and graphic design. The project will include a visit to Tate Britain, led by Tate’s young people’s cohort Tate Collective London, leading to a showcase of work at the Raw Sounds end of term gig on the 11th August. The project will enhance existing projects run by Raw Material, provide artist development support and broaden horizons for young people involved.
Project dates in June, July and August 2016.
Tate Collective London is part of Circuit, led by Tate and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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Raw Material welcomes Balvada, our guest artist from Senegal this week for a month long stay in the UK. Hailing from the Africulturban Association stable in Dakar, with whom Raw Material has been working on a regular basis over the last four years, Balvada is an original and dedicated rap artist, mixing hiphop beats with Wolof language lyrics and African grooves, his live performances blending dance moves with frantic lyrics and energy, now and again culminating in long and steady gazes at the audience. Balvada will be engaged in collaborative work and recording sessions with our in house UK artists, give seminars and live performances.