Groundwork Northamptonshire has been awarded just over £99,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund and Her Majesty’s Government for Connecting Corby; a programme of arts and environmental activities on three of Corby’s estates.
Connecting Corby aims to bring people together on the estates of Exeter, Lloyds, Kingswood and Hazel Leys, creating new friendships across the generations and empowering local residents to plan activities for their community. Thanks to both Her Majesty’s Government and National Lottery players, there will be regular sessions in each location working with artists and gardeners to create, grow and contribute to events for the whole community to enjoy. Connecting Corby will launch with an event in each area in March 2019, with a range of fun art workshops, performances and activities suitable for all ages.
Connecting Corby has been funded through Building Connections, a new fund aiming to combat loneliness and improve social connections within communities. Over 27 months, the project will bring together all of Groundwork Northamptonshire’s programme strands, including the JAM team, who will be working to encourage young people to participate in sessions and Made in Corby, who will be managing the artistic activities. Together, they will be working with a wide range of local partners, including Pen Green Centre for Children and their Families, Eden Park and the Autumn Centre.
This new programme builds upon the extensive work that Groundwork Northamptonshire delivers across the county, on youth, environmental, community and art programmes. During 2018, their work engaged over 60,000 local people, including 1,600 individual young people, which was supported by more than 250 volunteers.
Launch events will be held from 11am until 4pm in three local community centres:
– Saturday 9th March at Stephenson Way Community Centre
– Saturday 16th March at The Autumn Centre
– Sunday 24th March at Hazelwood Neighbourhood Centre
At each event you’ll be able to find out more about Connecting Corby and try out a whole range of free taster activities suitable for all ages, as well as free facepainting and refreshments.
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