SRA has been training and supporting young people since 1996. The Susan Roberts Charitable Trust (SRCT) was set up in 2005 to provide bursaries for young people who otherwise would not be able to afford training in the performing arts. The demand for SRCT bursaries far outweighed the funding available and therefore SRA had to meet the shortfall by awarding numerous scholarships to young people who showed huge talent, had learning difficulties, were living in chaotic homes or experiencing bereavement. SRA aims to be a constant and positive factor in young peoples’ lives – a place to go which is consistent and the norm. SRA and SRCT supported bursaries for approximately 25 young people each term.

SRCT was replaced in April 2014 by the Susan Roberts Foundation for Youth (SRFY). We are proud to support 22 students this year but unfortunately the demand for support still far outweighs the bursaries we are able to award.

The performing arts bring people together. They improve self esteem, and they are life enhancing. Here is just some of the feedback we have received from parents and students:

“Thank you so much for all the support you have given our daughter. Life is hard for some young people and we know that more than most. If you hadn’t realised she was in trouble, we would not have been able to step in in time. Thanks to you, she has received the help she needed and is hoping to return to school very soon. I can’t thank you enough.”

“Susan Roberts, you are everyone’s mum!”

“Thank you for everything you have done for me. I can’t imagine a life without SRA but I will be back – you won’t get rid of me! There is a reason why students stay at SRA for over a decade!”

“X is a different child when she comes to you. For the better that is. Thank you for giving her the space, time and encouragement to be herself.”

If you would like to support a young person’s training, please contact Caroline at We can claim Gift Aid on donations which will enable the charity to reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that is donated.

Thank you.