Read case studies of people who have been involved with the Geraldine Connor Foundation and find out how the Foundation has helped them.

Adeline Pitu


Adeline is a performing artist and GCF Young Ambassador and has been involved with the Foundation since 2015. She has recently returned from Japan, working on a project with Leeds Playhouse. Read on to find out how GCF has helped her develop as an artist….

“The Geraldine Connor Foundation has helped me in certain areas that I struggled with and gave me perspective for my other interests.
It has done this by trying to help and shape me as an artist, but also helping me to see what is needed, e.g. by volunteering (Global Mash Up). I’ve had practice of building my certainty and confidence by delivering a workshop out of my expertise. Also, I hope to do workshops in my own expertise and see what I can give to those who might have a similar or different journey as a performer / artist, or who just want to learn.

The other interests, that I have mentioned above, are music, writing, dance/movement that were part of the six week Creative Café workshops. I have also started to think about music more seriously since I did GCF’s first music workshop in November 2015 with Christella Litras.

Doing The Prince's Trust Enterprise Course was really helpful to learn about the business side of things. It taught us what we need to be aware of as an artist that they do not really teach you in depth what you need to think about elsewhere.

Because of GCF, I also had the opportunity to work with IVE as a Facilitator / Artist Supporter. It helped me to help those who I was working with and at the same time I was building what I have been learning with them and it actually expanded my perspective and knowledge of how creative we can be (everywhere in our daily lives). I really loved learning new materials, ideas, exercises and revisiting familiar activities, working alongside Chol Theatre.”

The Geraldine Connor Foundation has helped me in certain areas that I struggled with and gave me perspective for my other interests.

Sophia Ubhi

Sophia is a talented singer and was a participant in Global Mash Up during October half term 2019. Hear what she has to say about how it helped build her confidence…

“I first heard about the Geraldine Connor Foundation when I went to see Caution Collective perform as the performers were talking about how Geraldine was an inspiration and helped them form their careers in music. I have singing lessons with Christella Litras who told me about Global Mash Up. Christella spoke to me about it during a lesson and said it would be a great opportunity to learn, gain more confidence and meet others with the same interests.

During Global Mash Up, I chose the music project as I wanted to learn more about performing, singing and song-writing. The best thing about the project was that I could learn about song-writing and performing and meet new friends. It gave me the chance to perform by singing and playing the piano for the first time in from of a live audience, which I really enjoyed.

Taking the initial firsts steps in was hard as I didn’t know anybody to start with. As I have suffered with anxiety in the past, I found it overwhelming at first. I soon became more confident and relaxed as everybody was really nice and friendly. The project has helped me with my self-esteem and gave me the confidence to perform more in front of others. I am now performing in a show at school called Grease where I have a singing and dancing role.

I will definitely be attending the next GCF project and look forward to learning new things and growing my confidence even more.”

The project has helped me with my self-esteem and gave me the confidence to perform more in front of others.

It is thanks to support from people like you that GCF can provide life-changing projects to young people in Leeds. If you would like to help us continue to help young people like Adeline and Sophia, you can donate to the Geraldine Connor Foundation here.

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