Grants awarded to Plymouth community groups

Tea dances, African drumming, and a music and storytelling festival are among the events that have taken place as organisations in Plymouth have been awarded small grants to promote inclusion and diversity in the city.

Plymouth City Council has been working with Plymouth Drake Foundation to provide small grants of up to £2,000 to organisations in the city who promote inclusion and integration across any of the following protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Faith, belief and religion
  • Gender
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation

Councillor Dave Downie, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities for Plymouth City Council said: “We are very pleased to be able to award these grants to local groups. Plymouth is a diverse and welcoming city and it is more important than ever now that we do all that we can to make everyone feel welcome and a part of the city.

“These small grants give local minority groups the opportunity to celebrate and for different members of the community to come together in Plymouth. We want to promote better cohesion amongst all of Plymouth’s diverse communities.”

Arthur Ainslie, Chairman of Plymouth Drake Foundation, said: “We are proud to be working with Plymouth City Council to support local groups and events that celebrate the diversity that exists within our city.”


Grants awarded include:

Argyle Community Trust – a football tournament will take place at Goals to raise awareness of men’s mental health needs. Event will be open to teams of all ages; genders; abilities and ethnicities and there will be promotional stands, information about mental health. It is fully open to the public in relation to participation and attendance/supporting. The event is also being part funded by Argyle and Goals. For more information contact 01752 562561 or email 

African music and drumming in took place to mark the 10th Anniversary of Drake Circus Shopping Centre during Hate Crime week.

All Ways Apple Festival 2016 – a number of events will take place in the lead up to an annual public event in Devonport Guildhall on Wednesday 26 October at 11am. While a ‘mainstream’ successful celebration and promotional event, this year’s programme will aim to better integrate BME / ASR and other diverse community groups. For more information you can like the facebook page at

Eritrean Community in Plymouth – Launch event –Eritrean asylum seekers and refugees have been in the city for well over a decade. This will be their first attempt to become a formal community of identity. The event will promote this communities culture to lead to better understanding. It will be held in the Guildhall, open to all and celebrate this community’s contribution and belonging within in Plymouth. Watch this space for further details. More information on the national charity The Eritrean Community in the UK is at

Filipino British Society – Winter Sportsfest – held annually in the Plymouth Life Centre and involves high levels of attendance from the Filipino community both within Plymouth and its wider surrounds – showcases the skills; abilities; culture and contributions of this community. It is available to all the public both in terms of participation and attendance/support. You can like their facebook group at

Mutley Greenbank Trust  – ‘Chat in a Hat’ – Second city wide inclusive day of fun and shared activities offering access to Moor View Park in Mutley. Grant is seed funding to expand last year’s work to increase the involvement of older people, young people, people with disabilities, people from refugee communities, and students to come together to share cultural stories/art/singing.

Open Hearts Open Borders – ‘Love Diversity’ (Freedom Park) – as part of a wider neighbourhood project an event was held on the final day of Hate Crime Awareness Week (15 October 2016) aimed at promoting inclusion and celebrating diversity.  The aim was to promote positivity, love and kindness to change minds and perceptions and educate about diversity and in particular in Plymouth. Cultures and traditions of different countries and people who make up the wider Plymouth community were explored and showcased by school children from local schools in exhibitions. For more information about OHOB email or visit

Plymouth Dance – Tea Dance with a Twist –This grant is seed funding to put this intergenerational interaction within the dance project on a firmer and regular footing. The organisers will also reach out to older members of well-established BME communities and is open to all in terms of attendance/participation and support. More information is at

Plymouth SynagogueJewish Cemetery Audio Trail – In September’s Art Weekender, the Plymouth Synagogue did an ‘audio trail’ in the cemetery (only the second time it had been open to the public in its 275 year history). Visitors hadsmall audio soundscapes, available on MP3 players about ancestry as they explored the grounds. The event was aimed at highlighting what Jewish people have brought to Plymouth since the eighteenth century and demonstrating how different cultures enrich our population. More information on the Synagogue is at

Plymouth Unitarian Church First Meridian Music and Storytelling Festival – A weekend of Workshops and Concerts celebrating different cultures and faiths, hosted by the Unitarian Church, in partnership with Sufi, Christian, Celtic, African, Jewish and non-faith based practitioners, building on past “inter-faith” gatherings took place in September 2016. More information on the Unitarian Church is at

Wheelfever ‘In the Mix’ – Wheelfever Dance will come together with other youth dance groups across the city to perform a show open to all and promoted via a multimedia strategy in the Life Centre in March 2017. This will break down perceived barriers about the skills and abilities of young people with disabilities and bring together dance troupes that would not usually preform together. More information on Wheelfever is at

Working Well with Autism – ‘Diffability’; Celebrating ability with a difference – Launch of ‘Who’s working well with Autism?  Project took place in September. The Plymouth Autism Audit will create a partnership for this event with Wheelfever, Exim and Far Flung dance companies and collaborate with Funky Llama to showcase the talents of performers with autism. Autism Assemble will create publicity materials and compering on the evening. This launch event will raise awareness and encourage people to better understand autism and open to the public. More information is available here: