KVIN has received £ 5,000 to fund a music and technology project run by and for blind/visually impaired people in Kirklees.
The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.
KVIN offers peer training and support in the use of mobile phones, computers, apps and daily living aids which help blind or visually impaired people get around, keep in touch with friends and family and take part in social activities. volunteering, work or hobbies. Members said they wanted to enjoy music and this new project will offer taster sessions, training in how to use gadgets and equipment to help make and record music. It will also be a chance to have fun and make new friends. The first taster will be a beatboxing workshop run by Bellatrix (female world beatboxing champion) ending in a group then, a solo performance by Bellatrix.
Workshops 1pm to 4pm at Small Seeds, Huddersfield £5 per person
Performances – open to all £5 entry at the door, Friday 16th June 2017 proceeds to KVIN.
Future sessions will take place in venues across Kirklees during the summer including samba drumming and ukulele.
David Quarmby at KVIN said: “We are delighted that this Santander Foundation grant will help blind/visually impaired people meet new friends whilst learning new skills and to enjoy making music together.”
Karyn Cusic, Branch Director at Santander’s Huddersfield branch, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting KVIN, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”