Polegate group gets Comic Relief cash

A Polegate entrepreneur has received a grant from Comic Relief to help her non-profit drama organisation operate during the lockdown.

Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 9:37 am
Act on It founders Rachel Steele and Helen Turner SUS-210501-165308001

Helen Turner has secured a grant for Act On It, a group which aims to use drama to help young people in the community.

Mrs Turner is one of the recipients of the £4.75 million grant which has been distributed between 124 social entrepreneurs.

The funding has been distributed to entrepreneurs working in areas such as housing, education, health and wellbeing, social care, unemployment and gender-based violence.

Mrs Turner said, “This grant has given us hope, opportunity and a real vote of confidence that the work we do matters.

“We will use the grant to move a lot of our drama-based workshops online and make sure we continue to support those we work with.”

Funding was made available thanks to an organisation called UnLtd’s partnership with Comic Relief, matched by the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport as part of the government’s £750m support package for charities.

The aim of the grant is to help social entrepreneurs in England deliver their important services amid the pandemic.

Chief executive of UnLtd Mark Norbury said, “Those funded will be leading lights as we enter the next act of the coronavirus crisis – allowing us a glimpse of hope and optimism.”

To find out more about Act On It visit www.actonitsocialenterprise.org

Helen is pictured with Rachel Steele who co-founded Act on It with Helen.