Woman’s dedication to east London’s young pays off

Jan Sharkey-Dodds receiving her Jack Petchy Leadership Award with some of the young people who have

Jan Sharkey-Dodds receiving her Jack Petchy Leadership Award with some of the young people who have benefited from opportunities at the theatre - Credit: Archant

A woman who has spent years providing arts opportunities for young people has received an award recognising her work.

Jan Sharkey-Dodds, head of young people’s work at Theatre Royal Stratford East, has been presented with the Jack Petchey Leadership Award in recognition of her dedication to providing first-rate opportunities to young people from across Newham and East London.

She was presented with the award earlier this month by members of Stratford East’s Wingin’ It Youth Group.

The Jack Petchey Leadership Award has been created to allow young people to thank and celebrate the adults who support them. It was established in 1999, The Jack Petchey Foundation gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25. It has supported Theatre Royal Stratford East for the past three years.

Jan said: “I am over the moon to have been nominated for this award. The work we do is a partnership between our young people and the committed staff team here. I receive it on behalf of them. Jack Petchey is a respected foundation that is East London in spirit and kindness.”

Dawn Reid, Deputy Artistic Director at the theatre, said: “Jan has worked in the youth arts industry for over twenty seven years and has built up a highly respected career working with young people. Her creative, caring, understanding and accessible open approaches have nurtured many young people into artists and have enabled and equipped them to be future leaders for their peers.”

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