WAYout needs YOU! Support our 10th birthday

Join us for our 10th birthday, help us for the future.

WAYout is celebrating our 10th birthday in 2018. We want you to join us for this exciting year, help raise our profile, fundraise and celebrate all that has been achieved, and help us look to the future.

WAYout uses media, music and the arts to engage street and disadvantaged youth in West Africa, to share their stories, empower them, provide training and employment, and move them away from street life. In the last 10 years, we’ve achieved some incredible things with very little – from working with over 3,200 street youth, qualifications to over 800, to changing the world’s response to the 2014 Ebola crisis through powerful films shot for the worldwide media – and much more. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved, we want to achieve more, and we need your help.

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Mark Thomas WAYout concert

Our patrons include musician Frank Turner, writer Nick Hornby and comedian/activist Mark Thomas, who will be supporting the year’s events.

We need excited, enthusiastic, self-starting people that will help us to grow and achieve our ambitious aspirations this year. Are you that person?

We are looking for volunteers with an interest and passion for the work we do, and a drive to run events (including those with Frank Turner, Mark Thomas and Nick Hornby), marketing/social media and supporter engagement to make 2018 our most successful year yet.

We are looking for volunteers that are able to drive activities forward with minimal handholding. We need:

  • Events coordinators – who can create and run events – identify exciting events, ideas, venues, that will promote our films/videos, music, poetry and arts, potentially raise funds for WAYout’s activities in West Africa, and put their ideas into action. More info here.
  • Social media/marketing assistants – Help promote our work online – people with good social media and marketing knowledge, able to use and promote our videos, music and art to the right audiences, supporters and funders. More info here.
  • Supporter engagement assistants– Identify, contact and engage strategic supporters – from celebrities to funders. More info here.

We also welcome other volunteers with great ideas for what we can do this year – from fundraising events, to anything out of the ordinary, left-of-centre, a bit different – we welcome your ideas and support!

Interested? Email michael@wayoutarts.org initially, or visit do-it.org for specific role descriptions.

WAYout is 10- 2017 Review

WAYout is 10 years old in 2018 and we will be running events in Sierra Leone and the UK. It has been a very busy year at WAYout. We have worked with over 3,300 young people and opened a new centre at Kissi town this year. We have worked with other NGOs like WaterAid and Music Action International and completed 240 training courses. Frank Turner and Nick Hornby became patrons and the Joe Strummer Foundation came out to Freetown to see where their money goes. Please check out the attached 2017 Review Newsletter for a full report.

WaterAid Untapped..

WAYout is delighted to be working with WaterAid to produce media content for their fundraising campaign Untapped.. which brings you a picture of life in a small village called Tombuhuan. Three WAYout filmmakers, Josta Hopps, Alusine Kamara and Susan Kargbo are recording the progress of the well building, supporting villagers to take their own photographs and making short films on things like “How to make a toilet” or “How to carry water on your head”. Films can be seen here and the full “Untapped” campaign is hereDSC00281

New hub in Kissi Town

WAYout opened our first branch outside Freetown in Kissi Town, the old refugee camp just outside Waterloo. Home to 23,000 people, many are drop out youth, and still without power or water. Thanks to the Joe Strummer Foundation and Frank Turner’s visit we have rented a small building where people can borrow a camera and editing machine or pick up a guitar and learn digital media skills

Frank Turner at Kissi Town

Frank Turner at Kissi Town


Frank Turner now patron of WAYout

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WAYout is delighted to announce that Frank Turner is now a patron, following his recent visit to Sierra Leone and the work of WAYout.

Frank Turner visited WAYout in Sierra Leone in March 2017, where he worked with street youth, gangs and ex-combatants, and visited some of the most deprived parts of the country.

Frank’s journey is wonderfully captured in his own blog, here: http://frank-turner.com/blog/ and on his Instagram feed #FTJSFWO

Speaking about the work of WAYout, Frank Turner says: Now that the dust has, for me, settled a little, I can see the enormous value in what they do. One of the comments made to me often by the kids at the project was that they were the only aid group who treated them as individuals, who helped them self-realise. Since starting, more than 2,700 Sierra Leonean kids have passed through the program. It’s not a panacea, these people weren’t “saved” from the situation they were born into, but the project gives real, vital value to their lives.

He joins other patrons – Mark Thomas, Nick Hornby and Ellen Thomas.

Frank Turner

See the full press release here: Frank Turner press release 18.4.17

Nick Hornby joins Mark Thomas and Ellen Thomas as patron

WAYout is delighted to welcome Nick Hornby as a patron to join Mark Thomas and Ellen Thomas in supporting WAYout.


Nick Hornby is the author many books including the novels, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down (shortlisted for the Whitbread Award) Slam and Juliet, Fever Pitch and Naked. Fever PitchAbout a Boy, High Fidelity and A Long Way Down were adapted for the big screen. Nick Hornby has also been given many awards for his contribution to English Literature which include the ‘Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2006) and ‘Commonwealth Writers Prize’ (2006). He has been given the name ‘The maestro of the male confessional’ for the brilliant portrayal of his male characters in his early novels.

Nick also produces and writes screenplays, adapting Lynn Barber’s memoir An Education, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn for screen.

Music has always been important in his life. He has been in collaboration with rock band ‘Marah’,  touring America and Europe with them. He also wrote songs for the album ‘Lonely Avenue’ by the singer Ben Folds.

LUSH supports WAYout


WAYout is delighted to have received a grant from Lush Charity Pots to develop training and a film with the GLBTI community in Sierra Leone.

The Women’s Project

We are delighted to have received funding from The Evan Cornish Foundation to support training and outreach for disadvantaged and street women. We opened a dedicated women’s room at WAYout, last year. and it was equipped with the support of The Mercers Charity 600. Now we are building on, have created jobs for female trainers and are setting up teaching groups. This is an ongoing, growing project. Watch this space!Mariama teaching sex workersThe Women's room

Summer 2016 Newsletter is HERE!



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The new WAYout Newsletter Summer 2016 is here!

“I’m sending this newsletter to the Irish ambassador so they know how truly incredible WAYout is”

An amazing summary of what has been an amazing year, the new newsletter highlights:

  • Two years on in our new home, the WAYout Hub
  • The Ebola Crisis – our contribution
  • The completion of the Claus Project
  • WAYout’s Human Rights projects
  • Funding for the Women’s Room
  • WAYout music in the charts
  • New films and music by The Way group of street youth
  • The progress of the Grants scheme
  • Competitions and Certificates
  • The new WAYout Films


Here’s the link direct to the PDF newsletter – please do share far and wide, to get the WAYOut Word Out!: http://www.wayoutarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/WAYout-Newsletter-Summer-2016.pdf