2014 is the 25th Anniversary of the Summerfield Charitable Trust. To highlight the work of the Trust and explain more about its aims and priorities today and for the future, the Trustees commissioned a video which can be viewed below.
In July 2013 the Summerfield Trust paid the Nathan Timothy Foundation - The Songwriting Charity a grant of £5,000 towards their 'Something Kind' project.
Celebrating 'World Kindness Day' the aim of the 'Something Kind' programme was to raise confidence levels in those involved and engender strong relationships at secondary level, whilst bolstering resilience through transition to secondary school for primary school participants. The Songwriting Charity worked with schools in rural communities in Gloucestershire ensuring those with least access to the arts are given new opportunities to participate.
VIDEO: Gotherington Primary School - 'Kindness is a Thing That Makes You Happy'.
LINK: The Songwriting Charity blog
In May 2013 the Summerfield Trust paid a grant of £3,000 to Oakwood Primary School in Cheltenham towards a 'Sculptor in Residence' project to provide weekly workshops with the children, teaching them to work with wood and create a collection of seating that will remain in the school and be used by the children. During her time the sculptor will also be creating a large figurative sculpture that will be sited at the front of the school.
Click here to read full report.
(Photos courtesy of Oakwood Primary School)
The Summerfield Trust has awarded a £12,000 grant towards the creation of a new entrance way from the existing Museum into the walled garden.
The project aims to bring back to life 2,000 square metres of derelict land which was formerly the garden belonging to the mansion house, now the Museum in the Park. The Entrance Way will be a fully accessible pathway from the Museum reception, a winding trail which rises gently though planted slopes with terraced seating looking back towards the Museum.
LINK: To read more about the project, visit the Museum in the Park website.
We gave Gloucestershire Dance a grant of £20,000 in November 2012 to help develop a partnership with the Roses Youth Theatre in Tewkesbury.
Gloucestershire Dance is a production and training company specialising in inclusive practice. With their partners they aim to effect real change and address barriers to participation in the arts sector.
The photo is of Roses Youth Theatre members performing in a production of 'Stuck in the Mud' at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester in October 2013. The event was attended by Vanessa Arbuthnott and Lavinia Sidgwick from the Summerfield Trust who both found it thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining.
LINKS: Gloucestershire Dance and Roses Youth Theatre