Intergenerational - Synergy Dance Outreach

Synergy Dance® Outreach awarded £4950 from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund

Arts Council England

Synergy Dance® Outreach awarded £4950-00 from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by Community Foundation for Surrey.

Synergy Dance® Outreach awarded £4950-00 from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by the Community Foundation for Surrey – ensuring that creativity plays an important role in local community celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will ensure that thousands of people from communities all across England will have the opportunity to take part in exciting creative events – all in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. From puppetry and story creation, through to making crowns, carnival and art trails, there will be a huge range of exciting activities for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in.

Synergy Dance® Outreach aim to use this funding to deliver an intergenerational project including singing and dance activities for seniors in care homes/outreach centres together with groups of local young people, that will culminate with an event to tie in with The Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5th June.

Following the success of the first Big Jubilee Lunch, to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, The Big Lunch will bring the Jubilee celebrations into the heart of the community again in 2022 and our final performances will take place prior to lunch to entertain the local communities.

We already work with a number of care homes and older peoples’ centres across Surrey and will be working with 2 care homes and 2 children/youth groups in some of the more deprived areas of Guildford including Stoke.

We will do 6 weeks of singing and performance activities leading up to the Jubilee performance and our singing and performance coach will work separately with the older and younger groups to listen to and identify their favourite songs and themes from the last 70 years. We will also start identifying if there are any individuals who have special talents singing or playing music who would like to feature in the performances.

Invitations will be sent to family, friends and members of the local community to attend these performances before the Big Jubilee Lunch put on by the homes at Signature care home Hindhead and QEP Care home Guildford. We will have a professional videographer filming and also live streaming (with appropriate permissions and safeguarding in place).

All of this has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players and administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of the Arts Council, the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support a huge range of projects throughout England. 44 community foundations have been awarding grants across the country.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive at Arts Council England said “The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is a wonderful example of our ambition to give everyone the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts, culture and creativity – made possible thanks to National Lottery players. This June, we’ll see communities across England coming together to celebrate a historic milestone for this country. I’m excited to see these projects brought to life in villages, towns and cities across the country as our wonderfully creative communities celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”

Rosemary Macdonald, CEO, UK Community Foundations, said: “For community foundations, people and places are the priority and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a unique opportunity for people to get together and celebrate in their communities. We are proud to have connected Arts Council England with local organisations whose imaginative and exciting projects and collaborations with professional artists will bring communities together to enjoy marking this milestone moment in our history.”

HM The Queen Elizabeth II is the first monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having overtaken Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch in 2015.  Her reign has been marked by a commitment to public service, reflected by her extensive programme of engagements at home and abroad, and support for over 600 cultural organisations, charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations.


About The Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. www.artscouncil.org.uk


About UK Community Foundations

UK Community Foundations is the membership organisation for the national network of 47 accredited community foundations across the UK. UKCF members inspire local philanthropy, bring communities together and fund great ideas.  We have a deep understanding of need in our communities and the challenges and hopes that face them.

UKCF supports community foundations by providing advice, learning and resources, by championing philanthropy at a national level and by developing national programmes that invest in local communities. www.ukcommunityfoundations.org/