In partnership with The Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights, and BE Group, we are delighted to announce the launch of a new small grants programme - Spirit of Women Changemakers.
Unlimited - the largest supporter of disabled artists worldwide – has announced 24 ambitious new commissions and awards spanning a range of disciplines spotlighting talented and diverse disabled artists working in the world today.
Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people.
Spirit is a Legacy Partner of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and has received an additional £500k of funding from the Scottish Government.
Barking’s Al-Madina Centre won the Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award at this year’s Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs), following the delivery of an excellent sports programme and work connecting their local and diverse communities.
The awards celebrate sporting excellence within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. The Spirit of 2012 Connecting Communities Award specifically recognises organisations, individuals or projects which have had a significant impact on bringing local communities together through sport or physical activity.
A new Get Out, Get Active website www.getoutgetactive.co.uk has been launched today, to enable as many people as possible to access essential GOGA information. The mobile responsive site will act as a hub for GOGA delivery partners and will also support disabled and non-disabled people to learn more about the programme and to get involved in GOGA activities in their own communities.
Let's take a quick look at some of the ways in which we're using our Big Lottery Funding to help make people feel happier in over 100 locations across the UK...
1) Finding one million mentors…
Research shows that helping others through volunteering and mentoring can increase people's happiness and wellbeing. With that in mind, Spirit has awarded £50,000 to youth leadership organisation UpRising to develop an online mentoring platform. The pilot version is now live and currently looking to recruit mentors from Manchester, Cardiff and London.
The inspiring work of Spirit partner DanceSyndrome has been recognised at the Red Rose Awards, where the charity has been chosen as the winner of this year's Not-For-Profit Award. The awards exist to celebrate excellence in business in the Lancashire area.
Spirit of 2012 funds Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) - a £4.5 million initiative, which brings together 18 localities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and numerous national partners. The first programme of its kind on such a scale, GOGA will support disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together. Developed to get some of the UK's least active people moving more, GOGA will concentrate on fun and inclusive activities delivered over three years.
Spirit of 2012 is sponsoring the Connecting Communities Award at this year’s Lycamobile British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards (BEDSAs).
Spirit of 2012 recently awarded over £650,000 to three separate projects, all of which focus on inspiring disabled and non-disabled people through music and dance.