As 2016 draws to a close, the Bermondsey Square Community Fund has been busy. A mix of arts and local community projects have received grants ranging from £600 to £2,500.
The Community Fund also supported the recent Halloween event and the forthcoming family Christmas event.
Of the 44 applications received in 2016, the Bermondsey Square Community Fund has approved 26 and awarded £40,000 in grants.
Salmon Centre Mixed Martial Arts Workshop (£1,900)
This project offers young people in Bermondsey the opportunity to train in mixed martial arts. The training courses engage some of Londons most deprived and marginalised young people and offer them employability, educational and social support. A similar project at Blackfriars settlement in Southwark helped three young people into jobs and another thee into courses and training.
VITRINE Make and Take Programme (£600)
The grant will provide a programme of six creative days in Bermondsey Square for local families. The events link in with exhibitions of contemporary sculpture in Bermondsey Square between April and October 2017.
Tower Tots (£1,000)
Tower Tots is a popular club. A typical Monday can see between 30 and 40 babies, toddlers and children with their parents or carers attending. The club will use the grant to replace play equipment, some of which is over 20 years old.
Hangover Free Festival (£2,500)
1 in 5 Southwark adults are looking to moderate their drinking in some way. Yet most don’t know much about the alternative drinks that can help them achieve that goal. This event, organised by Club Soda, will give them an opportunity to taste a range of adult alternatives to alcohol.
Inside the Shadow (£624)
This show sees seven international artists interpret the idea of shadow using installation, painting, sculpture, drawing and photography. Curated by Asaki Kan and Katherine Lubar, the show will take place at ARTHOUSE1 in Bermondsey, in April 2017. The show includes a workshop exploring shadows and will also discuss the Japanese perspective on shadows, which differs from the West.
Flautotonic Roadshow: Dances, Drums and Whistles! (£2,000)
The project aims to produce eight concerts at Southwark primary schools, four of which are local to Bermondsey Square. 800 children will have the opportunity to experience live professional music, perhaps for the first time. The concerts will provide an inspirational learning, listening and interactive musical experience. Flautotonic aim to inspire children and encourage them to continue with their music-making.
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