Let’s Create Jubilee Fund Announcement

AGE CONCERN SOUTHEND CIO awarded £4,641 from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by the Essex Community Foundation

Age Concern Southend CIO awarded £4,641 from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by the Essex Community Foundation – ensuring that creativity plays an important role in local community celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will ensure that thousands of people from communities all across England will have the opportunity to take part in exciting creative events – all in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. From puppetry and story creation, through to making crowns, carnival and art trails, there will be a huge range of exciting activities for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in.

The grant will fund Age Concern Southend CIO’s Jubilee ‘SINGING FOR MEMORIES’ project to work with local musician Val of Musicality – Therapeutic Music Interventions CIC to create two choirs, an older people’s adult choir and a ‘dementia choir’. Each choir will rehearse and record 5 songs with the theme ‘Kings and Queens’ which will culminate in a concert performed to our community as part of our Jubilee celebrations on Wednesday 29th of June at 4-5pm with the Haven Community Hub.

CDs will also be produced and sold to raise fund for our charity Age Concern Southend CIO.

The dementia choir will be formed from our existing Day Centre clients and our second adult choir is open to new members, practising at the Haven Community Hub on Thursday’s, 2-3pm.

Made possible thanks to National Lottery players and administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of the Arts Council, the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support a huge range of projects throughout England. 44 community foundations have been awarding grants across the country.

Elizabeth Smith, Community Engagement Manager at Age Concern SOS said “We know that singing is great for the mind, particularly for our Dementia Day Centre clients. It’s a fun, stimulating, social and rewarding activity that anyone can do. We don’t hold auditions, we believe anyone can sing and we just want people to have fun through a shared interest and by singing well known songs, bond and reminisce.”

“We also hope this will generate publicity for our charity and result in more people using our ‘community centre’ – The Haven Community Hub and signing up for the choir. We are sure that our fabulous community will support this exciting project.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive at Arts Council England said “The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is a wonderful example of our ambition to give everyone the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts, culture and creativity – made possible thanks to National Lottery players. This June, we’ll see communities across England coming together to celebrate a historic milestone for this country. I’m excited to see these projects brought to life in villages, towns and cities across the country as our wonderfully creative communities celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”

Rosemary Macdonald, CEO, UK Community Foundations, said: “For community foundations, people and places are the priority and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a unique opportunity for people to get together and celebrate in their communities. We are proud to have connected Arts Council England with local organisations whose imaginative and exciting projects and collaborations with professional artists will bring communities together to enjoy marking this milestone moment in our history.”

HM The Queen Elizabeth II is the first monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having overtaken Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch in 2015.  Her reign has been marked by a commitment to public service, reflected by her extensive programme of engagements at home and abroad, and support for over 600 cultural organisations, charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations.

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