Describe your project
We live in an area of rural deprivation. There is no local school, no church building, no shop, or any amenities for children. We decided that we wanted to give children opportunities that they would not otherwise experience and so we developed FenSong, which teaches children Performing Arts, and they learn dance, physical theatre, Mime, Puppetry, song, practical and applied Arts mediums such as set building , mask making and stained glass window posters. They perform to local villages and tour to churches and old folk's homes. They also learn some British Sign Language and perform to adults with deaf impairments or special needs who sign using Makaton.Our children are often isolated; several suffer from bullying at school, several are on the autistic spectrum, and have a range from Dyspraxia through Aspergers to Autism, and most have Special Educational needs. Some are emotionally insecure and self harm.
How will your project benefit your local community?
Our audiences are locals who bring dementia sufferers and isolated people to see us, as we serve refreshments and offer a safe and comfortable environment. We have become a focal point of the community .
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
We have received £200 from the local church, £200 from Stoke Ferry Community Hall, and Nordelph Village Hall have reduced their rental rate for us to hire the Village Hall.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
There are about 18x 6yrs -16 year olds, 7 x young leaders 17-29, and 5 oldies who direct (50's plus), plus hundreds of audience members who attend the venues in isolated areas with few facilities including people with BSL as their first language
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
We intend to fund 5 portable keyboards with stands and hold-alls. In this area, rural churches desperately need organists, and entertainers for old folks' homes. Our group has children who are living below the poverty threshold, who are very keen but would never be able to afford lessons. I shall teach them in a free session after FenSong rehearsals, and they can take their keyboards home to practise. We also have a boy with autism who loves the technical aspects of lighting and sound. It would fund a lighting console and our own select theatrical lights and two days of training with a lighting/sound designer. He would then in turn train the next generation of technical designers. I am a retired qualified Drama Teacher and Music teacher.
When and why was your project founded?
FenSong was founded in March 2018 in an area of rural deprivation, to teach children Performing Arts, give them confidence and boost the sense of Community in an area of isolated farms with few opportunities.