Blue Apple Theatre

04 September 2018

“Receiving recognition and funding through The Health Lottery has had an incredible impact on Blue Apple Theatre’s members and organisers alike."

Health Lottery in the South East enables expansion of Winchester’s award winning Blue Apple Theatre.

An award winning theatre group in Winchester has been able to support even more local people with disabilities, thanks to a £49,615 grant from People’s Health Trust with money raised through The Health Lottery.  

Blue Apple Theatre provides a platform for people with a learning disability to try out different forms of production, including creating high quality theatre, dance and film productions.

The group supports members to enhance their social, personal and artistic skills and achieve public recognition for their talents.  

Founded in Winchester, Blue Apple Theatre’s incredible success in recent years has meant it has had long waiting lists. Thanks to money raised through The Heath Lottery, they have been able to hire more venues, hire skilled group facilitators and qualified carers, enabling the theatre group to expand its programme to establish 11 new groups to make a total of 15 weekly sessions running throughout Hampshire. 

Simon Morris, General Manager, Blue Apple Theatre, said: “Receiving recognition and funding through The Health Lottery has had an incredible impact on Blue Apple Theatre’s members and organisers alike. We’re passionate about raising the ceiling of expectation for people with a learning disability and the grant has meant that we can continue to support even more talented people with learning disabilities and help them to excel.”

Project member, Sam Dace, said: “It’s been quite the adventure, it’s led me a long way. It’s been cool. It’s given me more opportunities to show off my skills. Fantastic.”

Chris Lunn, The Health Lottery in the South East spokesperson, said: “The funds raised through The Health Lottery in the South East are changing and improving lives. It was clear that supporting Blue Apple Theatre to grow would have a great benefit to the community.”

To date, over £100 million has been raised through The Health Lottery for good causes across Great Britain, of which over £10 million has been raised for the South East.

 

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