A project using sound-enhanced tennis balls to enable visually impaired people to play tennis is just one of four fantastic Cambridgeshire-based projects that we've been lucky enough to support through our third round of Dosoco funding - announced at the latest Dowsing Sound Collective gig on 25 July - with a combined total of £2000.
We were chuffed to also have raised another £1350 on the night for Dosoco through a mixture of gig profits and also donations from the gig goers. Cambridge - you officially rock.
The four projects supported with the current round of funding are as follows:
- Cambridge Community Arts – helping fund the purchase of instruments to enable lessons for adults with mental health issues
- D’Musica – supporting the set up of a choir for people with Dementia in Reach
- Vision for Growth – helping fund sound-enhanced tennis sessions for visually impaired people
- Homerton’s Children’s Centre – supporting the provision of training for over 30 staff in the teaching of accessible music sessions to children
These are all brilliant projects, unlocking worlds for people where their worlds need unlocking – whether it be through working with people with illness or disability, or social exclusion and communication challenges, and each project is living proof that music can radically change people’s lives for the better.
The next round of funding is likely to be announced in early 2016 - schools, businesses, families and individuals (whatever age!) are all encouraged to take part and applications can be as creative as possible. We'll let you know when we're ready to start!