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We are so pleased to say that, thanks to you, we have raised £2,970 to enable Improv4 Schools to go ahead in September.
We will be working with disadvantaged students at Cantell School for a whole year, building their confidence, creative and social skills through improvisation.
We know that children from disadvantaged backgrounds are far less likely to get good GCSE results (Department for Education). It is the ambition of Cantell School to completely eradicate this gap and for disadvantaged students to achieve and be as successful as their non-disadvantaged peers.
At The Point, we are committed to providing high quality arts experiences that improve the lives of people in our community. With projects like Improv4 Schools we can ensure disadvantaged young people in schools can continue to access and benefit from the arts.
We are really excited about the possibilities for this project to improve the confidence and attainment of disadvantaged pupils across the board:
- By working in schools hours, we can working with students who wouldn't be able to attend an after-school club or youth theatre.
- By working over a whole year, we can make a lasting impact on their lives.
We are also pleased to say that we are considering an Improv4 project in primary schools too - watch this space!
In the meantime, we can't thank you enough for your support and belief in the project. Without you this would not have been possible.
We will be in touch soon with rewards - social media high-fives, thank you videos, photographs, postcards and the Hall of Fame!
In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying this meltingly hot sunshine as much as we are, and will leave you with a taste of what's to come:
"better than you could have imagined"
- Kathryn Cox, Pupil Premium Champion, Cantell School
3 days to go for Improv4 Schools!
“no matter what you say it can start a
conversation with the other person”
Student, Cantell School
We'd like to thank everyone for their generous gifts so far, and are happy to confirm that (contrary to email notifications!) every penny will go towards making Improv4 happen in schools:
Unlike Kickstarter, all funds donated will go towards the project,
even if we don't make our target. So every little really does help!
Improvisation builds confidence, spontaneity and team skills in young people, and we can't wait to get started!
Working over a whole year, we hope to make a truly lasting impact on their lives and learning.
But the more we raise, the more we can do. The closer we can get to £6,000, the more young people we can work with, in more schools, for a longer time.
Your support makes all the difference.
So with 3 days to go, could you help us get the message out to as many people as possible to support Improv4?
Share this link everywhere you can:
"you don't know what's going to happen next
- which makes it more exciting”
Student, Cantell School
10 days to go!
The clock is ticking, and today we thought we'd share with you some feedback from the students at Cantell School, who took time after taster workshops to tell us their thoughts:
“it's a lot of fun, because you don't have to follow a script”
“you don't know what's going to happen next - which makes it more exciting”
Improv you make your own story”
“you can use your ideas”
can use your imagination”
“no matter what you say it can
start a conversation with the other person”
“Very very fun”
“Probably just helps you with life”
We know we can now run the programme in Cantell School. But with your help we can reach even more disadvantaged students across Hampshire, engaging them in Improvisation workshops for a whole year to really make a difference to their education.
With 10 days to go, who could you share #Improv4 with to make a difference?
40% of the way there with 15 days to go!
But we could still do more. We are plugging away at getting the message out to our communities to raise awareness and support for Improv4.
If we can make our target of £6,000, we'll be able to run Improv4 in 3 local schools. So remember - sharing is caring!
We promise to retweet anyone sharing our crowdfunding link https://spsr.me/9M6E with the #Improv4. So please, get tweeting and sharing on social media, email and good old word of mouth, so that we can reach more potential supporters - and students in schools!
Thank you for passing it on!
Denplan, the UK's leading dental payment plan provider, launched the Denplan Community Fund in 2013 to support community initiatives in the areas where Denplan and its staff are based - helping local charities, schools, clubs, societies and hard-working individuals who strive to make a difference in their communities.
Their aim is to give a helping hand to groups and individuals promoting health and wellbeing in the wider Winchester area (reaching all the way to Portsmouth and Southampton) through the environment, sport and the arts, as well as providing vital help to those less able to support themselves.
They have supported everything from Live at Home schemes for older people to school clubs and budding junior sportsmen/women, and we are delighted that they have chosen to support us to work with disadvantaged young people in schools through Improv4.
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We received an extra £500 from 12 new sponsors last week!
We are chuffed that they've decided to put it towards #Improv4.
Thank you all for your continued and generous support!
Artswork are a National Youth Arts Development Agency supported by Arts Council England. Their mission is to 'place the arts at the heart of work with, for and by children and young people and to champion, lead and facilitate high quality work led by artists, arts and cultural organisations'.
If you want to see these people in action, could you help us spread the word by:
- Sharing the Improv4 page with your friends, family or colleagues? https://spsr.me/9M6E
- Following Improv4 Schools on Facebook? www.facebook.com/Improv4Schools/
- Following the #Improv4 hashtag on Twitter? #Improv4
Remember every email, retweet and facebook helps us get the message out to more potential supporters, so please do keep active!
If you'd love to help but would like more advice, support or material (an e-flyer for local businesses? A widget for your website?) to promote Improv4 - please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll be happy to help!
We are delighted to launch our Improv4 Schools crowdfunding campaign with a £280 donation from:
Every week they nominate two good causes across Hampshire and South West Surrey to receive a one-off donation.
We are proud to have been selected by independent judge, Christine Pollard, to receive £280 towards Improv4 Schools.
You can listen to the announcements here:
And find out more about the fund, and fantastic work The Breeze do here:
And finally, we've got two donations just in from Kathryn Cox, Pupil Premium Champion at Cantell School, and Claire Stone, Fundraising Fellow at The Point Theatre.
We're getting behind Improv4 Schools, and we hope you will too!