IdeasTap is basically the numero uno place to look if you want to see what projects there are out there to work on, which jobs in the arts world, which competitions etc. They advertise projects to do with: performing arts, film, writing and publishing, photography, visual arts, journalism, design, music, collaboration and dance.
The Roundhouse have an amazing 11-25 scheme (sorry if you’re 26 and I just made you feel worse) where you can go to workshops, rent studios to record music, make radio shows, take part in spoken-word workshops and competitions, make films, dance etc. I can’t remember how much it is for membership but I vaguely remember that renting a studio for an hour was like less than £6. I need to check that though.
The Barbican have loads of opportunities for people up to the age of 24. You can take part in their Young Poet programme, their Young Programmers scheme or other workshops that are shorter and sporadic.
The Lyric Hammersmith have some good schemes for young performers and writers too, but it only goes up to the age of 21 (boo hissss)
Apples and Snakes for everything you want to know about Spoken Word in the UK (not just London). They also have a Young Poets with Bite programme for 16-25 year olds, with more workshops, mentoring and a chance for your work to have a good platform.
Although I wanted most of the things on here to be free, The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2014 is an investment worth making. It’s like this Bible of information, contact details and deadlines for all things to do with writing. It has interviews, lists of publishers, magazines and newspapers, lists of competitions, lists of all organisations and societies, tips, even law to do with writing and all from ALL OVER THE WORLD.