Spirit of 2012 has awarded a Music Challenge Fund to darts for two new creative programmes in Edlington and Askern based on the successful Creative Directions model currently running at The Point.
Creative Directions in the Community will offer a range of regular music based opportunities for local residents – from songwriting to percussion and playing instruments to live performances. The programme is mainly targeted at adults who may be feeling lonely or are experiencing mental ill health, although friends, family members and other community members are also welcome to get involved and try something new.
darts and Doncaster Public Health will work together to design the programme both to make sure that the project is the best it can be for Doncaster residents, and to evidence the positive impacts that participation in the arts can have on health and wellbeing.
darts staff will be working closely with local community organisations to make sure that the best use is made of local connections. Professional musicians will deliver the sessions and will make the best of people’s talents and experience as well as ensuring there is plenty of time to drink tea, chat and share stories.
“darts and Doncaster Public Health are proud to have been chosen for one of Spirit’s three national Music Challenge Fund grants,” said darts’ CEO Duncan Robertshaw. “The support from Spirit of 2012 gives a tremendous boost to our mission to transform access to arts and health activity, and reduce loneliness and isolation. We can't wait to get started.”
Spirit of 2012 is a funding charity, established by the Big Lottery Fund with a £47m endowment from the National Lottery. Spirit was founded to continue and recreate the spirit of pride, positivity and social connectedness that people experienced during the London 2012 Games.
Spirit funds projects that bring people together – to learn something new, do something different, or experience something unique – and that leave behind a social legacy of increased wellbeing at an individual level, as well as happier and more connected communities.
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Creative Directions in the community will start in Spring 2019. For more information, watch darts’ social media sites: darts’ Instagram: @dartsatthepoint, darts’ Facebook: @dartsatthepoint The Point, home of darts – Doncaster Community Arts, darts’ Twitter: @darts_thepoint or sign up to our regular e-newsletter at the darts’ Website: www.thepoint.org.uk.
We are also looking for local volunteers who would like to join our team and get involved in this project. For more information, please contact Lucy Robertshaw – firstname.lastname@example.org or 01302 558054.