18 November 2016
More than £400k has recently been secured from national funding bodies to help deliver projects in Breckland which will support people who may be isolated or vulnerable.
This week, it was announced that Breckland Council will receive more than £185k from Arts Council England to hold its new Silver Social arts tour (more below). The bid was submitted with support from the Breckland Older People's Forum. (See Arts Council England press release at: www.artscouncil.org.uk/explore-news/over-%C2%A31-million-diverse-touring-projects).
This latest funding is in addition to the £230k secured over the summer from Spirit of 2012 to develop the Our Day Out programme, which is delivered in Breckland and due to expand into north Norfolk. This brings the total sourced from national organisations to £416,883.
Cllr Lynda Turner, Executive Member for Place at Breckland Council, said: "Supporting older people to stay independent and keep active is one of the Council's top priorities, so I am delighted that £400,000 of funding for these two important projects has been secured. The money will really help older residents at risk of isolation or living with dementia to meet new friends and feel part of their community.
"Through the Silver Social project, backed by Arts Council England funding, we'll be giving older people across the district the chance to take part in an exciting range of touring arts events and activities, while funding secured earlier this year from Spirit of 2012 means even more older people with dementia and their carers will be able to enjoy days out and activities through the roll-out of the popular 'Our Day Out' programme."
The Silver Social tour will take a mix of live shows and interactive activities to 10 community venues across Breckland over the next three years. It will provide older people living in rural areas with an important opportunity to engage with high-quality arts, including enjoying performances and taking part in hands-on workshops.
The Our Day Out project was originally created by Breckland Council and is now delivered by Creative Arts East. The charity successfully bid for Spirit of 2012 funding earlier this year to enable to the project to expand. The scheme aims to give people with dementia and their carers - who are often their spouse - a chance to socialise and take part in activities, including dance and music-making, in a safe and understanding environment.
Photograph ©Trish Thompson, Creative Arts East