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darts awarded Music Challenge Fund grant to run Creative Directions in the community

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded one of only three national Music Challenge Funds by Spirit of 2012 in order to create two new creative programmes in the community in Doncaster.

We will run Creative Directions in Edlington and Askern, based on the successful Creative Directions group that meets at The Point. These sessions will provide a range of music-based opportunities for local residents, from songwriting to percussion and playing instruments to live performances. Professional musicians will deliver the sessions, making the best of people’s talents and experience, as well as making time for tea, chat and sharing of work.

These groups are for adults who may be feeling lonely or who are experiencing mental ill health. Friends, family members or other community members are also welcome to get involved.

We will be working closely with Doncaster Public Health and local community organisations to make sure the programme works well for participants, and to ensure that best use is made of local connections.

Our CEO Duncan Robertshaw says: “darts and Doncaster Public Health are proud to have been chosen for one of Spirit’s three national Music Challenge Fund grants. 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.

If you are interested in getting involved, be sure to keep an eye on our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and sign up to our newsletter here, as we will announce more information as soon as we have it on these channels. We are also looking for volunteers who would like to join our team and get involved in this project. For more information, please contact Lucy Robertshaw – or 01302 558054.

You can find Spirit of 2012’s information about the project here.

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