A dance charity passionate about helping young people in the Vale of Glamorgan pursue their dreams of becoming performers has won a £5,000 community award that will help set up a unique dance company.
Motion, Control, Dance (MCD) was set up by OneFamily customer and project leader Emma Mallam. A dance teacher herself, she works with young people and adults with disabilities, mental health issues, obesity problems, the older generation, ethnic groups as well as socially deprived members of the community, helping advance their education through the medium of dance.
The £5,000 OneFamily Foundation award funding will be used to set up an inclusive youth dance company for those living in the region and aged between 16 and 30 years old, both able and disabled members, all of whom are passionate about performing.
What’s more MCD will now be able to employ two professional freelance tutors with experience of working with both able and disabled young people, and to subsidise the hall hire costs for rehearsals, in preparation for various performances throughout the year. “Everyone benefits,” explained Emma. “The dance group will perform at a variety of local community events throughout the coming year. Participants will create dances that tackle issues that are relevant to them, which we hope will help them become inspirational leaders in the region. Their work will in turn provide entertainment and education for audience members, so that ultimately, the whole community will be enriched.”
The OneFamily Foundation is a unique customer benefit fund, provided by mutual, OneFamily, which aspires to make £5 million available to its members over five years to make their lives and communities better.
James Hale, Customer Engagement Manager at OneFamily said: “We are delighted to award £5,000 to MCD, which will allow the charity’s grassroots programme to grow into a performance company for local people who wish to pursue a career in dance. It’s wonderful to see a community come together to develop such an admirable project and we’re only too pleased to be a part of it.”
Emma added: “This money will allow our members to break down barriers and broaden their horizons, as they learn new skills working together to create performances for the benefit of the community. I’m so proud of everyone involved and I want to say a huge thank you to OneFamily and everyone who voted. We really appreciate everyone who supported us and helped to make winning this award possible.”
OneFamily is a mutual organisation providing investments, savings and life insurance products to help families work together to meet the financial demands of modern life. As a customer-owned business it is run for the benefit of its customers. The OneFamily Foundation redistributes a portion of the organisation’s profits, and aspires to make £5 million available to customers over the next five years to help them, their families and their local communities. The Foundation has also helped hundreds of customers with personal grants since its launch in 2014, and its funding pot is made possible due to the financial stability of the customer-owned organisation.
There are four categories for each award, in order to ensure the Foundation gives a wider range of community projects an equal chance to access the funds. For this round of Community Awards there is one award of £25,000 and four awards of £5,000 available in each category. Motion, Control, Dance (MCD) won £5,000 in the Sports and Social Groups category.
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The OneFamily Foundation (formerly the Engage Foundation) was set up to benefit our members, their families and the communities in which they live and work. There are two ways members can benefit; personal grants or community awards. A number of personal grants of up to £500 are available every month to help them, or someone close to them in times or hardship, or simply to make things a little better. Community awards are open for nominations in Spring and Autumn, with awards of up to £5,000 and £25,000 available to help fund projects in their local community.