Vital Sparks round 6

In our sixth funding round, four Plymouth-based groups have been awarded Vital Sparks bursaries to help realise or kick start their community arts projects.

North Prospect Community Choir

This brand new choir based at the Beacon Community Hub has been awarded funds of £2,509 to enable it to provide North Prospect residents with the opportunity to sing and make friends. This new venture has already been booked to lead carol singing at school concerts and Christmas fairs. As the choir becomes established it hopes to attract people of all ages from across the city.

Red Velvet Cinema

Thanks to a bursary of £2,046 this pilot project will bring classic film screenings to local elderly residents in Devonport. Film screenings in a neighbourhood café will help to combat isolation. Along with enjoying a movie, film buffs will have time and space to socialise and form new friendships.

Devonport Lifehouse Homeless Centre

Professional drama tutors in collaboration with On Course South West will be using their Vital Sparks funding of £2,750 to explore the experience of being homeless with residents of the Lifehouse in Devonport. This therapeutic project which tackles mental ill health will also give residents the chance to rehearse in a real theatre environment and enjoy a theatre visit.

Plymouth University’s Students Union

A Vital Sparks bursary of £500 will support a crowdfunder campaign for a memorial in Moor View Park, Mutley Plain. Coordinated by Mutley Matters, the group has been working with local artist Sarah Jane Hodge to produce a design for a bench to mark the passing of Jeanne Hinton. Jeanne was a well respected community activist who championed community cohesion in her ever-changing corner of the city.