FUSE (Havering) is the Local Cultural Education Partnership for Havering which aims to bring together education and cultural partners to transform the lives of Havering’s young people, and better promote the value of culture in education.

The steering group has representatives from ten organisations, including the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, the local authority, youth services, and primary, secondary and college establishments.

London is one of the greatest creative hubs in the world, however Havering is recorded as the fourth least culturally engaged London borough and third least able to access hyper-local publically funded culture. The partnership is working together to respond to this.

In April, the partnership delivered its first conference, ‘The Children Have Spoken’, sharing valuable learning from a series of youth consultation workshops to help understand the level of access to arts and culture across the borough, highlighting interests, needs and barriers to participating. We worked with 8 organisations, delivered 14 workshops and spoke to 252 young people.

The partnership is currently developing a three year programme of activity in response to the research, which will build on the early success of projects in the pilot year, including a new Cultural Commissioning initiative to empower and facilitate young people to design and produce their own creative and cultural events.

The FUSE (Havering) network includes:

· London Borough of Havering Culture and Leisure Services

· London Borough of Havering Education Services

· London Borough of Havering Youth Service

· New City College, Ardleigh Green Campus

· New City College, Sixth Form College

· Parsonage Farm Primary School

· Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

· Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School

· Scotts Primary School

· Squirrels Heath Junior School

· St Edward’s Church of England Academy

· Towers Junior School To find out more about FUSE (Havering), get in touch via FUSE@queens-theatre.co.uk