This year we teamed up with local community festival SouthWestFest to produce a youth event in collaboration with local youth organisations, the Octavia Foundation, St Andrews Youth Club, Outbreak, Dream Arts, Chelsea Art School, and Churchill Gardens Estate Residents Association.
This youth event was organised as the finale event of SouthWestFest and celebrated the first weekend of the local school holidays. The event was held at Churchill Gardens Estate Hall and Square. We also used this event as an opportunity to speak with young people and their families to find out if they had previously engaged with The Pimlico Million, and what further activities and programmes of work they would like to see funded in their area, which has given us plenty of good ideas for future projects and programmes of work.
Through organising youth forums and meetings we have also worked with partner organisations to identify gaps in services and areas where funding could be invested to offer new opportunities and experiences for the young people in our area. As part of this work, we devised a 6-week programme of summer holiday activities, delivered by each partner.
We continue to work with local youth services and have become a member organisation of the Young Westminster Foundation, a new service who have been organising area wide forums and networking opportunities. For our ongoing work, we will aim to use these events to develop current and new partnerships and work local youth groups and service providers.
Funded Digital Festival involving 26 local partner organisations and groups, working with 8 practitioners and facilitators and 23 local artists
"The funding from Pimlico Million was fundamental to our Summer school and covered 75% of our costs. We ran four weeks of free music sessions during August, adapting our rehearsal halls in line with COVID safety measures so we could meet in person. We opened the sessions to our youth choirs but also to any child living in the Westminster area between the ages of 7-12. We listened to and discussed lots of different music, played music theory games, performed to each other and more recently we have been able to reintroduce singing. We also welcomed a special guest, professional conductor Paul Creesh from the Gabrieli Consort. He led conducting workshops with the children and taught them the basics of musical leadership."Pimlico Musical Foundation