Project information

U Support Children's Charity Christmas Concerts.

To organise a Christmas Charity Concert for children with life limiting illnesses, disabilities & those suffering hardship & their carers on the 22nd & 23rd Dec with the Stars of the Voice and ITV's X Factor to enable them to enjoy the thrill of live music plus for the public to join us as well.

December 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: U Support Children's Charity

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  • Need

    Need

    Attending a concert sounds a simple idea but for those children who are either disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from a life limiting illness the very notion is both beyond their financial and physical means. Yet the difference it can make cannot be put into words. At U Support we have found that concerts are an amazing way of ensuring that we help these children integrate more with their community, as isolation and a feeling of being different can alienate these children.

    Solution

    Being able to see their music idols perform is a dream come true and it has a profound effect on these children's wellbeing. It is for this reason we now organise our own charity concerts featuring stars of The Voice, X Factor and other leading music artists. We have the use of an amazing concert hall with great access for as many children and their carers to join us for free, whilst enabling us also to have the public to join us and enjoy the concert whilst helping us to fund future events.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable 210 disabled children and their carers to join us from charitable organisations.

    Activities

    » Working with hospices, hospitals, specialist schools, charities and children in care to enable them to enjoy the thrill of live music.

    We will provide 210 tickets to disabled children and their carers to our charity concert.


    Aim 2

    To enable the public to come and support and help fundraise for our charity by joining us.

    Activities

    » Marketing, promotion and advertising to engage as many of the general public as possible via social media, print publications and radio.

    We will sell tickets to the public via Ticketsource and track referrals to this from social media, and other sources.


    Aim 3

    To enable as many socially excluded & isolated children to relax and enjoy our charity concert.

    Activities

    » Every effort will be made to ensure that a variety of specialist needs are catered for, so that the children and carers can relax and have fun.

    By providing additional disabled facilities including a relaxed breakout room, additional disabled toilets, drop off and pick up plus dedicated disabled liaison officer and team.


    Aim 4

    We feel disabled concert goers are discriminated against and want to give an alternative.

    Activities

    » By making sure our charity concert is organised to enable social inclusion and offering the best possible experience we can provide for all.

    Perfect view from the ground floor for the disabled children and their carers, excellent access ability plus additional helpers on hand to assist when required.


    Aim 5

    Showcasing and raising awareness of what our charity does and is achieving.

    Activities

    » We have found that charity concerts are an amazing way of engaging people and give them a direct experience of what we do.

    This is the perfect opportunity to enable us to engage the public and our community, plus will give us amazing media coverage.


  • Impact

    Impact

    We have already agreed a long term deal with New Community Network which gives us the ability to hold regular concerts at this amazing venue holding 900 people. With a successful concert such as this, it will provide an additional platform from which to put on further charity concerts, to expand our existing football, theatre and cricket programmes to help thousands more children and their carers, and to attract major donors to support future work.

    Risk

    Resolving licensing issues with The Voice, X Factor and Britain's Got Talent by working with ITV to ensure we don't infringe copyright, and have their full permission.

    Additionally the normal project risks involved in organising our charity concert such as health and safety of concert goers, including ticketing, marshalling and stewardship of our event. A full risk assessment has been completed together with working closely with other organisations to ensure the success of this event.

    Reporting

    By working closely the donors to ensure that they fully understand all elements of what we have set out to achieve and are achieving through the charity concerts. Encouraging them to join us and also by keeping in regular email contact to inform of progress and any changes that occur.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,200

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Music Artists Fee for The Voice and X Factor Artists plus supporting band
      £5,000 Venue Hire of Central Hall
      £800 Staffing Contribution towards 80 voluntary staff
      £1,000 Staging Staging
      £960 Hotel Accodation for music artists
      £2,200 Promotion Radio, Newspaper and other media coverage
      £1,240 Additional running costs Disabled toilets, transport, insurance, ticketing
  • Background

    Location

    Central Hall in St Marys, Southampton is a perfect place for us to hold our charity concerts as it has amazing access for people with disabilities and in placed in a central location within the cities. This enables us to work with a host of charitable organisations to enable them to attend this wonderful event.

    Beneficiaries

    22 different charitable organisations, hundreds of disabled kids and their carers and the general public. It will also help to raise the profile of Central Hall and New Community Network, a fantastic venue in the heart of Southampton. The artists themselves as they will see what their music means to people and give them an opportunity to showcase their talent. The community, as already so many people have offered their support and offered to volunteer.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Having organised and planned 3 major concerts in the past, together with smaller concerts we now have a proven track record of delivering projects such of this. Giving the opportunity already for thousands of children to join us at all manner of sporting and cultural events we feel we are best placed to deliver another amazing opportunity for disabled children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Adam Gregory

    CEO and Founder the charity. Adam has built up the charity from scratch since becoming registered disabled himself to help disabled children.

    Lissi Sadler

    Charity Officer. Lissi is developing all manner of strategic planning and is involved in all aspects of the delivery of each of the charities aims.

    Mick DeLaney

    Disabled Liaison Officer. Mick works with all the charitable organisations to ensure that everyone can obtain free tickets. Also registered disabled.

    Jack DeLaney

    Ambassador. Jack works on social media and helps with event planning, and is also registered disabled.