THREE projects supporting communities in Ipswich have received £103,000 between them. Using money raised by Health Lottery East, these grants were awarded by People’s Health Trust through Active Communities, a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities, with great ideas to make their communities even better. The groups who received funding are:
Ipswich Community Media CIC, £36,680 – The two-year “South Street Kids” project will run weekly creative workshops in arts, music and media specifically designed for and by young people living in Westgate Ward in the centre of Ipswich. The idea came from participants from a pilot project and the young people have already formed a core group and will influence the development of the project. Children and young people from the local diverse communities including Roma, Polish, Portuguese, Lithuanian and British are involved and the project is supported by local resident groups as well as parents, councillors and school staff. Participants are able to build social links within the group and the wider community.
Out Loud Music Community Interest Company, £37,020 - This two-year project is an extension of an existing weekly project that delivers weekly multimedia workshops for young people with additional needs living in the Ipswich area. The project delivers weekend music sessions during term time, as well as a summer camp that runs over five days during the school holidays. Activities at these sessions range from music creation, editing short films, DJ skills and a coding club. Participants and their parents/carers may become members of steering group to shape and influence the project or take part in regular feedback and consultation that is reviewed on a monthly basis.
Phoenix Project Ipswich, £29,481 – The two-year “True thoughts” project will target people from Ipswich with experience of mental health issues, this creative initiative seeks to increase skills and confidence in a supportive way, while strengthening community cohesion. Activities include weekly community radio shows, and regular workshops based on subjects such as music, film and creative writing. Participants are also coming together to plan two annual community events and establish a new website to showcase its outputs.
Chris Lunn, Director of Health Lottery East, said: “We are delighted that money raised by Health Lottery East is supporting such important projects in Ipswich.”
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