Core Funding for Blue Cabin - Hurray!

Blue Cabin are delighted to have been successful in our application to the Comic Relief Core Strength Local Communities Fund, managed by County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) who have granted us £2743.91 for 12 months.

This investment will be spent on:

- organisational development (helping us to focus on securing more stable, multi-year funding)

and

- developing more and deeper partnerships with local authorities, arts organisations and independent fostering providers in order to deliver exciting, creative programmes of work for children with experience of care (and the adults in their lives) across the North East.

The grant will help us to reach far more care experienced children and young people and their key adults. By providing access to, and pathways through creative opportunities, we hope that they can flourish as individuals and members of the community.

Our Executive Director, Jenny describes the impact that the grant will have on the company:

Core funding for our Community Interest Company will help Blue Cabin to extend and improve our reach. We can proactively start new conversations with organisations across the North East about how creativity can be a transformative catalyst for change, enabling care experienced children and young people to build trusting and positive relationships with the adults in their lives.

We hope these conversations will lead to us securing multi-year funding alongside partners so that together we can deliver meaningful, long-term creative programmes for, by and with care experienced children and young people. In addition, we can focus on developing support and training for the adults in their lives too. 

Martin Gray, Director of Children’s Services Stockton explains:

I am delighted that Blue Cabin has been successful in this application. This is a fantastic organisation. This funding will enable them to continue to develop and extend their expertise. We can already see the benefit of their work in Stockton with some of our vulnerable young people, foster carers and residential children’s homes, and I hope this enables more of this transformational work to continue.

Sally Vivyan, Donor Services Manager at CDCF said “We are delighted to be supporting the work of Blue Cabin CIC. It is rare that an opportunity comes along to support the core costs of an organisation so it has been great to work on Comic Relief with this and we hope it will have lasting impact on the organisation and the people it supports.”

 Jenny will be writing a monthly blog (check out our Blog page) about the progress Blue Cabin are making. 

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Darlington Borough Council feature our project, Head, Heart, Hands Darlington

In this news article, Carole, a foster carer from Darlington, talks about why the project is important.

“I have seen my young person blossom in his creative ability; he has grown in confidence and soaks up experiences like a sponge. It has widened his understanding of the ‘arts’ and made him more keenly aware of his surroundings and appreciate that creativity is all around us and enhances our lives.

Read more here.

Arts Council England Funding awarded to Blue Cabin's Director to support Head, Heart, Hands Darlington project

Blue Cabin Director Jenny Young, has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England to deliver the Head, Heart, Hands Darlington project. 

With support of Darlington Borough Council, Creative Darlington and the arts and cultural organisations and venues across Darlington, this project aims to create an arts and cultural strategy for looked after children and the adults in their lives.