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Voluntary Arts keep Olympic spirit alive with Lottery funding

  • Date: 15 November 2013
  • Area: Midlands

National Portfolio Organisation, Voluntary Arts, is set to build on the legacy of London 2012 following a recent announcement of funding from the Keeping the Spirit of 2012 Alive initiative.

The funds have been pledged by the Big Lottery Fund and Spirit of 2012 Trust as part of their plan to continue inspiring social change following last year’s Olympic Games.

Voluntary Arts plan to use the money to create a new programme for training and skills development and a scheme which is hoped will bridge the gap between professional community arts activities and self-organised voluntary arts groups.

The funding will also be used to help support the forthcoming Voluntary Arts Week (9-18 May 2014) and Epic Awards, which celebrate and applaud excellence in voluntary arts and crafts across the UK and Ireland.

Robin Simpson, Chief Executive of Voluntary Arts said: “Across the UK, tens of thousands of voluntary arts groups regularly involve millions of people who participate voluntarily in creative cultural activities. These groups form a critical part of both the bedrock and the grassroots of the cultural life of our communities and nations.

“The energy, creativity and positive spirit inspired by London 2012 encouraged many people to engage in such activities for the first time. Voluntary Arts is delighted to have the opportunity to harness the legacy of London 2012, by reinforcing, enhancing and extending participation in creative cultural activity, inspired by London 2012, in communities across the whole of the UK.”

Entries for the Epic Awards 2014 are now open and the deadline for submissions is 30 November 2013. If you are part of one of the 60,000 voluntary arts and craft groups in the UK or Ireland, submit a nomination for the Epic Awards 2014 here.