Salford Youth Heroes Winner: Lauren Bullock

Meet Lauren Bullock winner of Outstanding Contribution to the Arts and Total Youth Hero at the Salford Youth Heroes Awards…

The Youth Heroes Awards launched in 2011 as a grassroots response to the riots that rocked the nation during the summer of that year. The first Youth Heroes Awards ceremony was held in February 2012 and celebrated the achievements of 24 inspirational young people. This year, our very own Lauren Bullock not only won an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts but came away with the overall Total Youth Hero award presented by the City Mayor. 

Lauren is an extremely brave and courageous young person that has used the arts as a tool to address issues of discrimination through her work with The Lowry.

Lauren has taken part in over 150 hours of Arts activity at The Lowry to build her confidence, communication skills, ideas and skills. She has worked well as part of a team during a creative Lowry project for Looked After Children in partnership with SCC. In this project Lauren took a lead role in a public performance on stage at The Lowry in front of social workers, friends, family and teachers. Throughout this process she also mentored and supported other young people who are less confident then herself to have a voice.

After this project Lauren was then chosen due to her talent and commitment, to come onto a scheme called ‘Talent ID Pass’ at The Lowry, which will see Lauren be the youngest person to ever undertake the Gold Arts Award qualification, which will give Lauren UCAS points to contribute to her dream of attending University….and she is currently only 13!

For this award Lauren will undertake a huge personal challenge that will see her write, produce, cast and stage her own piece of theatre that tackles issues around her role as a Young Carer or as a Looked After Child on behalf of other young people in the city.DSC_9238

Lauren also recently took part in a script writing project with the National Theatre in response to the world wide successful production of War Horse whereby she prepared a monologue that aimed to challenge the audiences stereotypes of Looked After Children. Lauren performed this live in front of 100 audience members on stage at The Lowry.

Lauren has overcome a difficult and challenging upbringing and chosen to use her experiences in a positive way to benefit others.

Working hard and consistently over two years with The Lowry, Lauren has been committed and passionate in her involvement in the arts and continues to progress her skills. She constantly wants to challenge herself and move to the next level.

Barry Mason, Youth for Christ, Salford Youth Heroes said “We were delighted to see an amazing evening come together which honoured the achievements and services of so many youth heroes from across Salford. We are so thankful for the involvement of all our partners and sponsors in making this happen. We were very excited to have The Lowry on board with us this year supporting the contribution to the arts award. It added significant gravitas to the awards evening to have such a prestigious Salford name involved and added to the Wow factor impacting the young people. We look forward to further ventures together with them.”

Lynsey O’Sullivan; Learning and Participation Manager at The Lowry said “Lauren is an inspirational role model for other young people that demonstrate overcoming adversity as well as excellence in the Arts”.