Local Oxford-based inclusive charity, The Parasol Project, faces its last dance. We desperately need your help!
About this project
Local Oxford charity, The Parasol Project faces it’s last dance .
The Parasol Project is an Oxford based charity which supports disabled and non-disabled young people aged 13 – 19, and is committed to redressing the balance for disabled and disadvantaged children and young people experiencing, or at risk of, social exclusion, and their activities focus on inclusion, having fun and gaining new experiences.
The Parasol Project runs an inclusive dance company for young people aged 13-19yrs. The group is made up of disabled and non-disabled young people with a variety of needs. The dance group meets every Saturday morning at Black Bird Leys Youth Centre and performs at regular events across Oxfordshire.
One of the magical and unique things about The Parasol Project is its emphasis on inclusion. However, often the funding that the charity are able to receive is exclusive to the ‘disabled’ portion of the charity, which means they have to work doubly hard to raise the funding needed to run successful inclusive projects.
This term, we are in the unfortunate position where we do not have funding for our inclusive dance group to continue to run past December. It costs £2450 a term to run our project. This cost includes the hire of a local community centre and staffing costs.
If you’re keen to find out why inclusion is so important to our staff and young people please click here: http://www.parasolproject.org/why-inclusivity/
Risks and challenges
We are a very small local charity based in Oxford. Due to our small staffing structure, the challenges that we face are mainly concerned with the administrative side of contacting and thanking our generous bidders!
To overcome this, we will be working very closely with choreographer and Parasol dance leader, Emma-Jane Greig, who will help project manage our kickstarter bid- she’s a whizz with a spreadsheet!