The Mill Arts Centre and Cherwell District Council Unveil Community Connections Fund

The Mill Arts Centre and Cherwell District Council Unveil Community Connections Fund to Foster Engagement in Banbury’s Brighter Futures Areas

The Mill Arts Centre, in collaboration with Cherwell District Council, is thrilled to announce the launch of the Community Connections Fund, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at fostering community engagement and accessibility within Banbury’s Brighter Futures Areas.

The Community Connections Fund is a partnership-driven endeavour designed to empower local community groups and schools whose members primarily reside within Banbury’s Brighter Futures Areas. This fund, available through collaboration with Cherwell District Council, will provide monetary support to eligible groups and schools, enabling their members to partake in The Mill’s vibrant program lineup scheduled from September 2023 to March 2024. So far, this fund has enabled 281 users from the Brighter Future Areas to come to Mill events that range from wreath making workshops to performances of our 2023 Christmas production There’s a Monster in Your Christmas Show.

Key Features of the Community Connections Fund:

  • Financial Support: Each selected group or school will receive a monetary sum, ensuring that financial barriers do not impede community members’ access to The Mill’s diverse programming.
  • Programme Access: The fund can be utilized for tickets to The Mill’s live performances and creative learning programs, fostering a dynamic and inclusive cultural experience for all participants.
  • Transportation Assistance: Recognizing the importance of accessibility, funds can be allocated to cover transportation costs, facilitating seamless attendance to events taking place within The Mill or in Banbury.
  • Additional Staffing Support: In instances where additional staffing is necessary for individuals to access the venue, the fund is available to assist, ensuring that no one is excluded due to logistical challenges.
  • Guidance and Support: The Mill’s Community Engagement Officer, Jane Sperinck, will serve as the primary point of contact for partner organizations. She will be readily available to assist with bookings and provide proactive support in anticipation of each visit, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for all participants.

A quote from Emma Hiorns, Creative Director of The Mill Arts Centre: “This exciting initiative reflects our commitment to making the arts accessible to all members of our community, particularly those within Banbury’s Brighter Futures Areas. Through this fund, we aim to create meaningful connections and enrich the cultural experiences of diverse groups and schools in our region.”

This innovative project is made possible through the generous support of the UK Government, channelling resources via the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Katy Owen

Marketing & Development Officer

01295 227174

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