Projects & events
Online Music Festivals
During COVID, we were able to put on 2 amazing online music festivals, one raising money for the running of our free telephone support service and the other raising money for our EmpowHER project (more information below). Both Festivals were a huge success with many local artists performing for free to support us, jointly generating close to £3000. Our audience stretched far and wide with people listening in India, Finland, Ghana, Uganda, France, Romania, Tunisia, Massachusetts, Norway, Brunei, China & Australia, and well as all over the UK. Many of our Community said it was the first time they had been able to attend a festival in this way, sitting in their back gardens, listening to live music, and feeling part of such an event. Just brilliant!
We are very proud to be the "Best Project Design 2020" for the EmpowHER program as a delivery partner for UK Youth & the British Red Cross.
EmpowHER aims to build young women and girls’ self-esteem and wellbeing by providing inclusive and meaningful social action opportunities to inspire them to lead change in their communities.
It will ensure young women and girls who are most at risk of low wellbeing will have the opportunity to access and engage in meaningful social action through opportunities with the British Red Cross and the wider community. For the past 12 weeks, we have supported a group of girls and young women from our community to learn about looking their own mental health and self-esteem by working together and developing a social action project. They have designed and Fundraised to build a memorial garden in Ipswich, UK for those who lost their lives to COVID19. They are now in the final stages of securing land for this to move forward.
Over Christmas in 2020, the team was at it again, this time making PomPoms, to create memory trees! Creating a social action project that the new team of girls could join and take part in from the comfort of their own homes seemed like the perfect way to get the girls engaged from day one, by showing them what social action is. The final memory trees were gifted to charities and residential homes to display across Suffolk.
Food stalls for Vulnerable Families and their Pets
This year, our cohort 4 team has chosen a social action project that helps to feed vulnerable individuals and their pets, having researched what community projects have started since lockdown we felt more needed to be done to help individuals struggling to feed their family pets. Pets are extremely important to an individual's wellbeing and for many pets are the only companions they have had during the lockdown.
A recent ITV Documentary interviewed individuals living on the streets with their pets, it was reported that individuals would rather die than be without their pets. Many of these individuals will be given food by the public passing by or they will attend soup kitchens or pop-up food shops, often their pets are fed human food but wouldn’t it be amazing if pet food was available for these animals?
After the success of our first pet food stall at St John's Church pop-up shop on Wednesday 7th April, we are looking forward to hosting our own pop-up shop more than ever. Our team is kindly asking for food and pet food to be donated before Sunday 25th April when we will be at St Francis Church Hall, 192 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, IP2 0QQ 11.30-1 pm.
Coffee Mornings, Evening Meetups, and School Holiday Park Get-togethers
These are currently on hold due to COVID but please keep a lookout on our Social Media or sign up for our Newsletter for details of when we are able to offer them again.