We are pleased to be able to assist a number of charities working both in the UK and overseas.
With your £500 grant we were therefore able to support 14 schools from our waiting list, rather than just 5 as in our original application. Unfortunately we do not have permission to share the school photos, but if you look on our website you can view photos, testimonials and feedback stories from schools in this year’s programme.
In August 2019 FRP received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary service in recognition of the opportunities and guidance we offer to volunteers, this is the highest award a UK charity can achieve, and it gave both volunteers and staff here a huge boost. Undoubtedly the work of our Volunteer Coordinator was a core part of this, and as such the funding received from Didymus was pivotal in our success.
Thanks to the Didymus grant, we were able to invite additional musicians to visit sessions as part of our leadership programme. As a result, we were able to expose participants to a varied selection of live instruments including, flute, double bass and trumpet. This activity had a positive impact upon participants’ creative expression and is an aspect of the project that we plan to develop.
As part of our leadership programme, we were also able to invite a local sign-language leader to teach participants sign-language which could be used at home with their child. We have since incorporated this into our weekly sessions and it is something which has greatly benefited several of our participants who have displayed delayed language development. This is an area of the project we plan to develop given that the children of young parents can often show delayed communication skills once they start school.
We are very grateful for the Didymus Trust was supporting our engagement programme this year, as it allowed us the space to figure out the challenges and work towards improving and developing the project in the future. We are now continuing to build on these partnerships to ensure that in future years, we will have a stronger ground to offer this opportunity for greater number of young people.
We gathered feedback from the young people:
“The boatyard is perfect for singing, learning guitar, learning ukulele, learning the piano, learning the drums, learning the djembes and to learn how to DJ and then you can PARTY!!” M age 12.
“I like the studio because it gives you more chances to play different instruments. You can also come here to sing or just talk. I think it’s a great experience.” I age 12.
“The Boatyard has provided me with a lot of knowledge on things such as how to record music. I have also learnt how to play the guitar. It lets you learn loads of new things such as ukulele, drums and Djembe. And they help you become more confident. It is an amazing experience.” E age 15.
“I love the studio. It’s the best place. I wish it was open every day. I have recently learnt the ukulele and guitar. And bongos and drums. The Tanyard has built up my confidence and I’ve made new friends and I have done things I though I could never do before. I now feel like I can do almost anything!!” E age 11.
We have more positive feedback like this too.
Our grant enabled the charity to run an additional music session every week for 9 months. Attendance increased by 33% which shows how our grants can make a difference.