Funding Success for The Outsiders Project

We are delighted to share a success story for the project The Outsiders Project, which has just been awarded £175,000 to deliver creative activities for people in Boscombe, struggling with their health and well-being.

The project is run by a partnership between us and the community development trust Recreate Dorset.  The new funding will support a five year creative community programme and will employ a new Project Coordinator who will be managing an exciting programme of workshops, mentoring and training from the community hub and BEAF HQ, The Old School House on Gladstone Road, Boscombe.

Giving a voice to the unheard

The Outsiders team are already providing creative writing workshops which provide a weekly space for people to meet.  The workshops provide a creative outlet to help participants deal with some of the everyday issues caused by managing health problems, which may stem from previous drug and alcohol abuse or because of mental health and other health problems. The workshops provide a place to build up a support network and develop new skills.

The new funding will allow more workshops to be offered, both during the day and the evening and gives security for the project for the five years so people signing up can benefit from the long term investment that has been kindly offered from The National Lottery Community Fund.

A lifeline throughout lockdown

Despite the pandemic, The Outsiders Project has provided a lifeline during lockdown, continuing to support those in most need who have become isolated and unable to leave their homes. Interim support from Lottery Community Fund and Arts Council England has meant the workshops have gone online. An outcome from the workshops has been an exhibition of writing and images that can be found currently in the windows of our B.A.D., Boscombe Arts Depot, along Boscombe precinct.

What to find out more?

For more information on how to join the workshops and find out about the new programme of online and other activities email The Outsiders Project Director, Nell Leyshon here