Reading Borough Council have announced the groups who will receive ‘Reading, Place of Culture’ funding. Three pots of £15,000 have been awarded to arts, culture and heritage community programmes. The aim is to engage local people who are less likely to access cultural opportunities, and to have a significant positive impact on their wellbeing. Each group will run a programme of activities over a year.
The theatre company will offer a series of performing arts workshops to boost self-esteem, and provide confidence-building and life skills, building towards short performances. The workshops will be for older people in care homes, adults with mental health illness or learning disabilities, and disadvantaged young people.
The group will use photography to give marginalised and vulnerable women a voice – using shared experience to raise self-esteem and communication skills.
The museum partnership will work with older people in their own homes, care homes or hospital settings to combat loneliness or social isolation. They will offer reminiscence activities including using old photos, films and artefacts, as well as gardening and dance activities to promote positive health and wellbeing.