Donate by Friday 10 December and
Have Your Donation Doubled
We are raising funds for a fully-accessible minibus to enable those from disadvantaged groups to visit the centre and make full use of our extensive outreach programme.
We are pleased to announce that we have been accepted into The Big Arts Give Christmas challenge to raise funds for this initiative, but now we need your help!
We have only have till Friday 10th December 2010 to complete the challenge: if you cannot donate yourself, we would really appreciate it if you could pass this on to someone who may be able to.
Please remember: any amount can make a difference to our appeal!
A massive Thank You to those who have already pledged, and those who intend to donate this week too!
Further Information about the Call Us a C.A.B. appeal
Currently the Crescent Arts Centre does not have the means to provide consistent, disabled access transport for community groups and schools who may not normally have the opportunity to access the centre. Although CAC’s current projects are making an impact within the community, bringing groups to a neutral space would further promote cultural exchange, decrease isolation and increase participation for disadvantaged individuals in the wider community.
Having access to a designated minibus will enable the current and future groups we work with to come to the centre to showcase the outcomes of their creative projects to a wider audience. This will also give the groups a chance to directly engage and feel a sense of ownership of the space. On average we work with 20 groups per term which we aim to engage in some aspect of the centre – whether its participating in other activities or supporting other community groups’ projects.
The centre is located in South Belfast, in a neutral area near Queens University. The population varies widely from students to families, young professionals and the elderly. The centre will be the utilised further as a venue for the outreach programme to be delivered, as it is perfectly suited to this use. The ‘Call Us a C. A. B! ’ project will use the minibus to travel to all areas of Belfast to transport members of all communities to the centre to engage them in projects taking place there.
We have around 20 projects per term engaging an average of 20 participants per project.
This will include primary and secondary schools, refugee groups, disability groups, mental health groups, community centres, women’s groups and young peoples theatre groups. We intend to make full use of the bus every term, and engage each group with at least one activity within the centre.
The project will enable access to the centre for those that previously wouldn’t have visited/engaged with others. For example, elderly participants will feel less isolated as they will be encouraged to visit the centre via our transport to enjoy interactive activities which will improve their wellbeing.
We will use questionnaires to monitor the participants response to the project, and record the usage of the minibus. Success will be an increase in numbers of 70% to the centre in 3 years.
The Crescent Arts Centre has a long history of developing and implementing a wide variety of highly successful outreach projects in Belfast. Our newly refurbished building and facilities are located in a neutral area which is perfectly suited for executing projects of high impact with elderly people, disabled individuals and disadvantaged youths as well as many other groups and communities.