The grant will support local communities during ongoing Covid-pandemic
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £54,768 from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, to help support our invaluable Creative Engagement department.
One of the first UK theatre’s to have an Engagement department, our inclusive and ongoing work with the local community is a lifeline for many people, reaching 13,000 participants every year through the Octagon's Youth Theatre, Women’s Group, Bridges, ArtBeat and ReAct programmes and more.
Since the Covid pandemic broke earlier this year, we have continued to deliver our extensive and thriving Creative Engagement programme; supporting our most vulnerable participants and the local community through various on-line projects, phone calls and delivering Creative Care Kits to homes.
With the pandemic causing a delay to the building re-opening which has resulted in a significant loss of income, the grant from the National Lottery Community Fund will ensure that the Creative Engagement team can continue to deliver its work with the community over the coming months.
Octagon’s Head of Creative Engagement, Victoria Brown said: “We are extremely thankful to the National Lottery Community Fund for recognising the crucial work we do with Bolton’s communities, and their support with this grant will ensure we can continue to collaborate with participants and partners to deliver our high quality creative programmes and projects to our community.
“For over 50 years the Octagon has provided a creative outlet and safe haven for our ever growing number of participants. With Covid and lockdown restrictions causing an increase of loneliness, isolation and affecting people’s mental health and wellbeing, keeping connected with our community is even more essential, now more than ever, and this grant will allow us to do just that.”
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