Call The Midwife actor announced as Patron of Suffolk Charity
Zephryn Taitte, the award-winning actor/director who is currently starring in Call The Midwife, has taken on the role of patron for the Suffolk young person’s charity, 4YP.
Zephryn, who plays Cyril Robinson in the hit BBC drama series, dedicates much of his time to working with young people by using drama and the creative arts as a tool for youth engagement and crime prevention. He co-founded Pan-Arts, an organisation that aims to inspire and implement social change and was recognised for his outstanding community work when he was awarded the Freedom of London last year.
Zephryn is no stranger to the county of Suffolk though. In 2022 he collaborated with 4YP on a project aimed at developing self-confidence using drama. Zephryn and colleagues delivered a weekly programme of creative, performing arts workshops to an enthusiastic group of budding young actors at the 4YP HQ, which culminated in a live performance to friends and families as well as a day on set as extras at Call The Midwife.
On his new role as patron Zeph says: “It’s a great honour and pleasure to be working alongside 4YP. Our work and passion for the wellbeing, achievements and development of young people are paramount. I look forward to being a part of enabling more opportunities for our participants”.
4YP (4 Young People) is the longest running, independent young people’s charity in Suffolk. They provide a wide range of services that aim to improve the social, emotional, and physical health and wellbeing of young people, aged 7-25.
Based at a drop-in centre in Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, 4YP fill gaps in local provision, supporting young people who cannot – or do not meet criteria to – access other means of support. As well as an extensive programme of counselling, the charity is renowned for its youth work which provides detached and outreach workers, youth clubs and group activities, one-to-one sessions, online groups and schools’ work throughout the county.
Commenting on the new high profile appointment, CEO Gavin Stone said: “I am thrilled that Zephryn will be continuing to support 4YP. I have seen first-hand how the weekly drama group he and his team have led at 4YP has increased the confidence of young people and given them a platform to communicate their views through performance. Most importantly, Zephryn epitomises so many of the values we share at 4YP in serving and supporting young people, notably those that otherwise might not have the same opportunities to thrive as others.”
Zephryn shot to fame for his role in the award-winning web and TV series, Brothers With No Game, for which he received Screen Nation’s ‘Favourite Actor’ award. His work continues to inspire many and, according to the Financial Times, is “the one to watch”.