This month’s video I take a break from the project and focus a little on an event in November that aims to raise money for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal, you can click here to view that. Click here to view
As I write this email, we are all awaiting the final decision about how the UK Government will move forward with their road map to reopen the country with these COVID variations around.
|The Impact of Volunteers |
Many arts organisation are all set to welcome back their visitors after many venues have spent more than a year in the dark.
This closure will have had a huge impact on volunteers and volunteering, not just to organisations but individual too. This whole idea of serving your community without anything in return is beneficial physically, mentally and socially.
For those organisation who have been lucky enough to bring volunteers back after the lock downs and have been able to increase their force, are the organisations that understand the true value of serving.
Community Spirit on 7th August is about serving and volunteering, as well as giving organisations across the spectrum the opportunity to reach out and meet new potential volunteers. It also gives the opportunity for local organisation to find ways to collaborate in supporting each other when it comes to the locals volunteering. If you would like to volunteer at the Bridgwater Community Spirit please click here.
|Community Spirit – The Main Event|
Community Spirit is designed as an event that can be put together anywhere at short notice, as it involves as many people as want to get involved.
The welcoming of local businesses to be able to be present to meet new potently clients gives reason for funding as well as the boost to the local economy should encourage local councils to be involved.
But there is a benefit to all those who get involved, businesses, organisations, volunteers and councils. More information on my website, link at the bottom of the email.
|2025 Trust Fund – The Emergency Fund|
Whilst the 2025 Trust Fund is first and foremost a grant fund it will also be an emergency fund for the industry in times like of closure during this current pandemic.
There will be a set procedure for the board to activate the fund into an emergency fund, which will potentially stop all grants until further notice.
How it works as an emergency fund and what criteria is needed for it to become such, will be for the first Board of Trustees to decide. Click here to donate to fund.
|Theatre Through the Years – 1918 Pandemic|
The Spanish Influenza saw 50 million deaths worldwide, but very much like the current pandemic government initially leaving the decision to close venues down to management, but there was closure order put in place.
Where venues decided to keep their doors open it was rare to find any precautions were in place. Actors, musician and crew would suddenly become ill during performances. Only in Shews bury did venues close their doors after reporting 24 deaths.
So when coronavirus hits in 2020 the industry wonders why the hash restrictions are put in place. But I wonder how many actors saw opportunity for jobs in training for places for care homes or supporting public health messages?
It’s like I have said before, the industry is in all ways a public service. So learning there is a time to do what we want to do, the big West End show or the small art exhibition. But we also need to understand that there are times when we need to support others, especially on the large scale.
|Get Involved |
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