Devon County Council supports Ordinary Extraordinary Arts Festival through Crowdfund Devon

Young person from the Ordinary Extraordinary festival playing the trumpet Photo credit to Lifeworks

Posted on: 16 October 2019

Devon County Council is supporting young people with learning disabilities to create an arts festival tackling loneliness and mental wellbeing with Crowdfund Devon extra funding.

The Council helped the Ordinary Extraordinary Arts Festival to reach its crowdfunding target of £5,000.

The inclusive arts festival is a good example of the type of project that can benefit from the extra funding available through Crowdfund Devon.

The Council’s extra funding contributed £1,000 to the project target; adding to the other pledges made by 77 supporters; helping the group achieve their target in just 28 days.

The money raised will help a group of young people with learning disabilities, supported by a group of local community partners, to develop and deliver an arts festival, from 24 to 26 October 2019 at Dartington Hall.

The idea for the festival was created by 50 young leaders as a way of tackling loneliness in Devon and Torbay, raising awareness of mental wellbeing and connecting local communities.

This year’s festival aims to reach a wider audience and engage with the key issues of loneliness and mental well-being in ways that the young people involved feel comfortable with, through dance, film, animation.

Along with animation and film-making workshops there will be a full schedule of activities as part of the festival programme. These will include yoga, relaxed cinema screenings and performances from bands such as the Weapons of Sound, an eco-friendly junk band.

As part of the festival attendees can also register to attend a seminar on Saturday 26 October. The seminar will explore mental wellbeing and particularly what this looks like for young people with learning disabilities.

The funds raised will be used to help the young organisers to make animations to promote the festival and take part in workshops to inspire performances for the festival. It will also help the project to host the workshops that take place during the festival.

Each young person involved has an important role to play from creating animations to catering, illustration and event management.

Brian Harty, CEO of Lifeworks, one of the partners, said: “Lifeworks is delighted to be working with our partners on the production of the Ordinary Extraordinary arts festival, which is developed with and led by the young people we support. We are particularly inspired by this year’s focus, initiated by the young people, on loneliness and mental wellbeing.

Kathryn Lacy, a Fundraising Officer for the crowdfunding project said: “Thank you to Devon County Council for donating such a significant amount to our Crowdfunding pot. It helped us to smash our target and really meant a lot to our Young Volunteers who worked so hard to fundraise towards the costs of our Ordinary Arts Festival. For anyone else running a Crowdfunding campaign, don’t miss out on this brilliant local backer!”

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Devon County Council is proud to support community projects, like the Ordinary Extraordinary Arts Festival, through Crowdfund Devon. It is imperative to combat issues such as loneliness and mental wellbeing which are becoming increasingly prevalent in society today.

“Crowdfund Devon is an initiative aimed to bring communities together and help them tackle local issues that are important to them. It is good to see young people coming together to create an inclusive event that will have such a positive impact on the communities around them.”

For more information about Crowdfund Devon visit its Crowdfunder page and for more information about the other projects that have been successful visit our Crowdfunder profile.

For more information about the grants available visit Devon County Council’s page explaining the different types of funding and how to access them.

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