This week Leeds Community Foundation’s new Grants Officers, Helina Bassey and Sam Dowgill were given a fantastic opportunity to visit one of our funded groups, Paperworks, and attend a very special event celebrating the success of their recent projects. Here Helina shares more about the project and this fantastic event:
This week myself and Sam were given a lucky golden ticket to attend the Leeds premiere and Oscars after party of Paperworks’ Flashmob Dance Project!
Funded by our very own Leeds Fund and the Ideas that Change Lives grants programme we distribute, Paperworks have successfully been granted an Awards for All from the Big Lottery Fund, to deliver learning projects. The team were able to learn film editing, dance, social and team building work.
Based in Seacroft, East Leeds, Paperworks are a social enterprise who provide personalised support for individuals with autism, learning disabilities, and complex needs in a busy employment environment.
Their aim is to provide work preparation training and to offer support to adults with learning, physical and mental health related disabilities. This includes basic work skills, as well as other more specific skills vital in the workplace. Through our funding support they were able to recruit and maintain a dedicated mental health support worker, vitally enabling them to widen their scope and potential.
This special event was a celebration of all the trainees’ hard work and creativity, complete with a red carpet, pretend fizz and their very own Oscars award ceremony! We were able to see first-hand the vast impact and the remarkable difference Leeds Community Foundation’s funding has brought to the trainees, volunteers and staff and the vent was the perfect way to celebrate all that Paperworks have achieved and how they continue to bring positive change to people’s lives and businesses.
Walking into the event, we were greeted with an amazing welcome of pretend champagne flutes, balloons and a star studded red carpet. The film featured an amazing flash dance of everything from Grease to Kung foo fighting and awards were given out ranging from best dancer to best hip hip hop freestyle.
Everyone’s hard work, from the trainees, the volunteers to the staff was celebrated and also featured was an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ video with the trainees sharing what Paperworks and the learning project means to them.