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Blog - 2020

  1. Answering the Lockdown SOS

    1st December 2020

    During the battle of Dunkirk, the Skylark IX boat saved the lives of 600 men by ferrying them to safety. Seventy-three years later it was fished from the River Leven, battered and bruised, following an SOS call from the Dumbarton Veteran community.

  2. From Small Acorns

    1st December 2020

    At the core of Wild Things is the mutually beneficial relationship between nature and communities.

  3. “We’re Quite A Resilient Bunch”

    1st December 2020

    Thirty-five-year-old volunteer William Colvin worked tirelessly to save a deconsecrated church from becoming derelict - and then to keep it functioning over lockdown.

  4. Every Memorial Has A Story To Tell

    1st December 2020

    With 30,000 trees planted across 150 acres and almost 300 memorials to the fallen, the National Memorial Arboretum is a place to remember the sacrifice of all those in the British Armed Forces.

  5. The Wisdom of Elders

    1st December 2020

    When Professor Uzo Iwobi OBE saw the images of people who had died from Covid-19 back in March, alarm bells started ringing.

  6. The Athlete Lockdown Lowdown

    11th November 2020

    Catch up with the Lockdown Lowdown of Top Athletes.

  7. Helping Aspiring Artists Take Off

    2nd November 2020

    New Urban Era is an arts project that is successfully drawing in a strong youth following with everything from outdoor murals to beatboxing and breakdancing. This year, the Tamworth based project celebrates its 10th anniversary, but it also meant pivoting quickly to host live virtual events as community restrictions took effect.

  8. Telling Stories Through Tailoring

    2nd November 2020

    Evolving from his 2016 National Lottery Arts Council Wales funded project ‘Telling a Story Through Tailoring’, Patrick created the Mask Makers in April, a group comprised of friends and local volunteers looking to both learn how to sew and help frontline workers in need.

  9. Breaking The Code

    2nd November 2020

    “Arts, culture and heritage are the three things that bring us together,” says Anouar Kassim MBE. The 52-year-old father of two received the Queen’s Jubilee Award in 2018 for founding the Milton Keynes Islamic Arts, Heritage and Culture (MKIAHC) – an organisation established in 2002 to deliver art workshops, seminars and events that explore the themes of architecture, geometry, arabesque and garden design.

  10. The Show Must Go On

    2nd November 2020

    An award-winning freelance actress and writer living in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland she was due to premiere her new play Conversations with Angels before the complete disruption of coronavirus. Undeterred, Maria set up 1 Eleven Theatre Company earlier this year, going on to write, produce, direct and act in another play – The Broads.

  11. Singing Across Generations

    2nd November 2020

    Jennifer Hill is using music to demystify dementia with a project funded by National Lottery players

  12. Clubbing Together

    2nd November 2020

    Created for children on the autistic spectrum, those with additional support needs, who are socially excluded, or have disabilities, the programmes Abbie creates for Q Club – established in 2016 after winning funding from BBC Children in Need – allows young people aged between five and eighteen to explore digital technologies in a creative art context