Project information

Heart n Soul 25

Heart n Soul has over 24 years experience in changing and enriching the lives of people with learning disabilities. In December this year the organisation will be celebrating its 25th birthday. In 2012 we aim to grow our artistic, participation and training programmes reaching more disabled people.

September 2011 - January 2012

Charity information: Heart n Soul

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  • Need


    There are an estimated 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Our beneficiaries are aged from 10 to 60 plus. Many are subject to multiple disadvantages including economic hardship, which also affects the people supporting them and are also highly vulnerable to intimidation and bullying. Many also face limited cultural and social opportunities, inhibiting their chances of developing individual talent and self-esteem.


    By offering more people with learning disabilities opportunities to create art, take part and train.3 key projects which we will be investing in will be an international Paralympic project, an adults taking part creative arts project and the mentoring and professional development of an artist. Through this work we will help reduce the isolation of people with learning disabilities, improve their confidence and self esteem and raise the visibility of disability culture,reducing fear and ignorance

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise £25,000 by our 25th birthday in December so we can continue to touch and change lives.


    » We will be fundraising, so we will be writing and emailing our contacts asking for donations.
    » We have also produced a film detailing how we have touched and changed people’s lives, so people can tangibly see the impact we have on people’s lives
    » We be holding a big celebration in December and again will be creating ‘moments’ in the evening where the audience can give.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...achieving our target.

  • Impact


    People with learning disabilities people achieving and making a positive contribution to society. Learning disabled people offered meaningful positions leading to personal change such as independent living, securing work in mainstream organisations and accessing further training. More artists showing their work in in mainstream venues. Success will be demonstrated with our thorough monitoring and evaluation methods. We will work closely with our artists and participants to track their progress.


    The biggest risk would not be acheiving the target. However we have dealt with this by creating a strategy plan for the project ensuring all avenues are looked at to ensure the target is reached.


    Donors will be asked to sign up to our monthly newsletters which will have details of the appeal and the ways in which we will use their donations.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 The Dean Rodney Singers An international collaborative digital project for London 2012 led by an artist with autism
      £12,000 Heart n Soul Allsorts Holding 6 participatory creative arts sessions for adults with learning disabilities in early 2012
      £3,000 One-to-one mentoring Professional mentoring of an artist to perform at our Squidz Club in April 2012
  • Background


    The projects will be mainly based at the Albany arts venue in Deptford, South East London, one of England's most deprived wards. However The Dean Rodney Singers is a international collaborative project and will work with artists/collaborators from 7 countries worldwide.


    1. People with learning disabilities who live in and around Deptford. They will feel a part of the community they live in.
    In regards to The Dean Rodney Singers an international audience from this project. They will get the chance to experience innovative new art.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have extensive experience in our field with a reach which extends from offering regular, grass roots taking part sessions for young people and adults with learning disabilities, to providing 360 degree integrated professional development support. Our impact further afield is also building: through our growing UK network of 50 clubs, creative use of digital channels and our touring programme, we now reach over 30,000 people per year.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mark Wiliams

    Mark is the Artistic Director/Chief Executive of Heart n Soul. He co-founded the organisation 24 years ago. His knowledge and experience will be key.