The Trust has been a long term supporter of this faith-based charity and Leeds Diocese of Music has continued to grow its youth choirs across West Yorkshire. Focused on working with primary and secondary state schools in disadvantaged areas, the choirs regularly perform on a national stage and their Singing Programme is recognised as the UK’s leading provision of choral singing, which reaches 6,000 children each week in around 150 choral groups. The Trust gave £3,000 to enable the charity to continue this work, bringing music and joy to young people and their families across the region.
The Trust has supported this excellent RDA for many years and in 2022 gave £5,000 towards the wages of the charity's RDA coaches to help increase lesson availability and provide support at after school and holiday clubs for disabled young people, junior volunteers and siblings. The Trust's grant meant 29 more disabled youngsters were offered riding slots and benefitted from weekly therapy, with some progressing to riding at a competition level. The grant will have a long term impact for these youngsters as the exercise will build their core strength and for many give them a better quality of life. They'll also be making life long friends at the sessions.
For 2023, this Calderdale-focused charity brought together inspiring artists from all disciplines to work with local under-served, under-represented communities to raise awareness of the climate emergency and share what creative action we can all take to tackle it. The work was part of Hebden Bridge Arts' Engaging Neighbourhoods Project which was a key component of their Open Space 70 Festival. The Trust's £2,500 grant went towards staff and volunteer costs, enabling the small team to work with five grassroots community partners and dozens of Calderdale people who don't usually have the opportunity to take part in creative arts sessions. The great outdoors theme ran through all the activities.
Aiming to help more LGBTQ+ seniors keep well, have fun and stay connected, this charity had a number of successful groups in Leeds but could see the need to branch out wider and required funding to make this happen. A £3,000 grant from the Trust gave Out Together the boost it needed to do more marketing and start to establish the project across West Yorkshire, providing vital support networks to combat social exclusion, depression and poor mental and physical mental health in older age.
St Stephen’s Church has been serving the diverse community of West Bowling in Bradford for over 160 years, most recently joining with Shine (West Bowling) in providing services such as a Pop-Up Pantry, advice on budgeting and benefits, parenting support and a variety of services to help with physical and mental health. The Sir George Martin Trust aims to be as flexible as possible with its core cost and capital funding, providing support where it is needed most, especially for 'hard to fund projects'. The Trust gave St. Stephen’s £3,000 to complete a much needed new toilet block within the church.
Established during the Covid pandemic, this charity provides an outside street kitchen in Wakefield city centre, a distribution service - picking up food and delivering it to other foodbanks, delivers food parcels to local people in need and runs a meals on wheels service to people living in temporary accommodation and struggling families. The Trust provided a grant during Covid and then due to the subsequent cost of living crisis, the charity saw demand for their food and support go through the roof. The Trust grant of £3,000 went towards a staff member's salary, food and fuel costs.