An ambitious plan to keep the Gospel Oak Primary School brass band going for the foreseeable future moved a step closer to reality today when the project secured a fantastic £3,500 Community Award from the OneFamily Foundation.
The band has 120 members aged 9-11 and together they play, learn and perform together, making a big joyful noise. Previously the band hired instruments for the children to use (few can afford to purchase their own) but tightening budgets meant this was unsustainable so a plan was launched to raise the funds necessary to buy instruments outright.
Jo Taylor, a customer of OneFamily, who applied for the Community Award, said: “This investment will give the band a new lease of life, with each instrument supporting children for around a decade. Children tell us that playing in the band helps them overcome challenges, makes them proud, improves their learning, builds their aspirations for the future, and gives them an opportunity to shine. Without the brass band, few could afford to learn an instrument, and this opportunity would be lost. We can now keep playing, and blowing our own trumpets!
“It’s very exciting, the work can now start. We want to say a huge thank you to both the OneFamily Foundation for their generosity and to friends, family and work colleagues for voting for our project!”
As a OneFamily customer, Jo applied for the funding from the OneFamily Foundation. Although only OneFamily customers can nominate a community project for funding, members of the public are encouraged to show their support via an online vote, with winning projects being those that secure the most votes.
OneFamily is a mutual organisation providing investments, savings, health 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 already 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.
Anna Drabble, Head of Community at OneFamily said: “We are delighted to award £3,500 of funding to help Gospel Oak Primary School brass band continue to make their music. It’s not a large amount of money by some standards, but being able to increase opportunity and improve children’s aspirations for the future through participation in a band potentially creates a big impact. We’re proud to be able to play a part in helping preserve a valuable resource for the benefit of the children, the school and the local community. We couldn’t be more delighted for their win.”
To find out more about the OneFamily Foundation please visit https://foundation.onefamily.com/
The OneFamily Foundation (formerly the Engage Foundation) was set up to benefit our customers, their families and the communities in which they live and work. There are two ways customers 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.