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14 December 2011

Mind the Gap win NatWest CommunityForce Award to develop a filmmaking project in the North East

photo of mind the gap actors receiving a large cheque

Mind the Gap receiving CommunityForce Award

Mind the Gap is one of three charities in the Bradford and Harrogate region that received the highest number of online public votes for the NatWest CommunityForce programme.

Mind the Gap is a Bradford based theatre company that works with learning disabled and non-disabled actors as equals.

Mind the Gap is delighted to announce that the company will receive £6,275 from NatWest to help the company run a filmmaking project with almost 100 young people with learning disabilities from across the District. 

Through the project, young people will get hands-on access to a range of high-tech media equipment, and mentoring from TV and filmmaking professionals.

Mind the Gap would like to thank everyone who voted, this award really will make a big difference to the company and support the good work they do; helping actors with learning disabilities take their place on stage and screen.

Mind the Gap’s Ideas Forum is a group of 5 young people with learning disabilities who come up with creative ideas and set the agenda for the company’s work with other young people.  Anna Gray is a member of the Ideas Forum, she said, “In the Ideas Forum we give ideas that get listened to which is great. I like having the experience, and it’s really good working with other young people and learning new things about making films. Thank you NatWest”

NatWest are pleased to be supporting Mind the Gap through this award. Sarah Robinson, Local CEO NatWest Bradford said, “We’ve had a fantastic response to CommunityForce and it’s clear that people in Bradford are passionate about Mind the Gap.  Local residents voted for this award-winning touring theatre company in great numbers and this certainly demonstrates how important their project is.”

For more information go to www.mind-the-gap.org.uk

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