November 25, 2013
In October each year, The Helen Foundation posts its accounts for the previous year and it’s a great time to reflect on what the charity has been able to achieve. 2012 was a typically busy year. Here’s part of the report we prepared for Trustees.
“THF remains in good heart, with increasing interest among schools and individual young people about how they can benefit from the work of the charity. In the last full year, 2012, 33 arts-based workshops, led by professional artists, were held in 30 different schools benefiting 1400 young people. The workshops covered a wide variety of art forms from painting and sculpture to film-making, Olympic banners (hung in Exeter Cathedral) and theatre. Dance proved increasingly popular and mosaic was beginning to be more widely chosen”.
24 individual young people received support from THF Bursaries including as examples, one for Megan Milton to attend Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts to one for Cameron Norsworthy to support his piano lessons. Larger scale projects also became increasingly popular with, for example, the Newton Abbot Learning Community – a grouping of 10 schools – planning a major arts-based project over a two-year period that will result in a very special multi-faceted exhibition and performance at Seale Hayne College in the summer of 2014.
Funding from THF and other sources has created a fund of over £12000 to enable a truly ambitious and memorable arts event to take place in summer 2014. We really look forward to seeing the results.
Such activity is only possible through the generosity of people within and beyond Teignbridge and we are very grateful to everyone for their support.