Vote for Foundation funding

Published:
by Ashley Houghton

Help Foundation secure funding for new project.

People in the North East are invited to vote on funding for local projects which are available in the area.

The Foundation of Light has submitted a grant fund application with the Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership, Your Money, Your Area, Your Views for £2,500 to run a new community scheme for young people.

If awarded the money a new 10 week graffiti/urban arts project will take place as part of the Kicks project which currently delivers a range of activities for young people aged 8 – 19 years within the Chester-le-street area.  At the end of the 10 weeks the young people will work on a large project in the local community.

The Kicks project offers all young people aged 8-19 the opportunity to engage and be involved in a number of positive activities, to deter them away from crime and anti-social behaviour, whilst raising aspirations, confidence and social awareness.

Part of the project will see young people design and complete their artwork, with the aim to complete a larger project at the end.  The aim is to raise awareness of graffiti in the area and the consequences of doing it illegally, but also to make young people recognise it can be used in a positive way, if done properly, as a form of art.

The Foundation of Light’s Kicks team are hoping to introduce the project to young people so they will think twice about using graffiti in a negative manner, taking social responsibility, become more aware of the negative implications, but also to improve the community as a whole.

Kicks currently works to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime within the area and by offering a new alternative activity are hoping to engage more young people in the project as a whole.

The project will be based at the Cestria Centre of Light in Gibside where the Foundation currently run two drop-in sessions and one project night. Alongside the practical element of the project, we plan to take the young people to various sites and galleries, to see some urban art by various artists.

People will be able to vote for their favourite projects on Saturday 9th November at Park View Upper School, Church Chare, between 10am and 2pm.  Anyone over 11 who lives, works, volunteers or studies in the Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership area can vote.

Over the past year the Kicks team has worked with over 230 young people taking part in a range of activities.