John Gartside, OBE has stepped down from the Spirit of 2012 Board. John was a founder member of the Spirit Board, having joined us from the national Big Lottery Board, bringing his considerable experience in education, health, charities and grant-making.
Two new Board Members, Vikash Gupta and Swati Patel, have been appointed by Spirit of 2012 following a competitive recruitment campaign. The Board leads the organisation in delivering our vision and mission and ensures that Spirit fulfils its charitable objects. It includes public figures from sport, the arts the corporate sector and public life. Vikash and Swati bring new, valuable legal and financial expertise to the table as well as great enthusiasm for the work of Spirit.
Spirit of 2012 was a partner of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and was chosen by the Scottish Government to create a sustainable physical activity programme - The Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund - to support the objectives of getting the least active people in Scotland more active.
The fund aims to reach those people who are classed as physically inactive and work with groups who are most at risk of inactivity. One of the eleven projects funded through the programme is Drumchapel Sport.
Spirit of 2012 supports the Epic Awards. Now in their sixth year, they are the premier awards for voluntary arts groups based in United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, shining a light on their achievements and inspiring others to get involved in artistic and creative activities. The Awards are run by Voluntary Arts.
to spread #happiness
To mark #InternationalDayOfHappiness recently, we took a quick look at ten ways in which we're using our Big Lottery Funding to help make people across the UK feel happier...
Joe Cohen explains how Good morning Newtownabbey - funded by Spirit as part of our Fourteen programme - has become a daily lifeline and given him peace of mind.
As part of the Spirit of Rugby programme, coordinated by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Spirit of 2012 funds Engage. Try. Convert. – a project that aims to involve previously disengaged communities across Northamptonshire in Rugby Union.
participation in arts & culture
Here at Spirit, we’re always keen to help increase opportunities for people to participate in the arts. As such, we support projects all across the UK that enable people to participate in arts and cultural activities, both individually and as a part of their wider community. Here's just some of the ways we're doing it...
We have recently opened our Spirit of Achievement Challenge Fund, which this year is all about inspiring people through music and dance. We are currently seeking submissions for funding and plan to award grants of £100,000 - £250,000 to three separate projects that allow disabled and non-disabled people to participate on equal terms and are centred around music and / or dance.
Spirit of 2012 funds Unlimited Impact - an empowering arts project that focuses on developing and inspiring the next generation of young disabled people passionate about making change through art. The project also supports venues and festivals across the UK to show ambitious and high quality art by disabled people and reaches out to wider and more diverse audiences.