STAFF at Bromsgrove’s Artrix have taken on a week-long challenge of festive fund-raising in a bid to help young people living with mental illness.
The popular arts venue will take part in the match funding scheme 2017’s The Big Give Christmas Challenge from Tuesday, November 28, to December 5.
To receive a donation of £4,253 pledged by Biz Smart, North Worcestershire Business Leaders, Open Door Counselling Services and The Reed Foundation, Artrix must secure a further £4,253 of online donations throughout the week.
Reaching the target will help Artrix directly engage young people, schools and community groups with the theme of youth mental health.
The funding will go towards a two-year programme of work by and for young people, including workshops, and a Mental Health Youth Arts Festival scheduled for spring 2018.
It will allow Artrix’s resident company of emerging artists, Outspoken, to further develop their recent production entitled Hyped which helps inform and support young people.
Artrix director Hannah Phillips said: “This country is in the midst of a mental health crisis, with suicide the most common cause of death for boys aged between five and 19. It is also the second most common cause for girls of this age.
“With the help of The Big Give Christmas Challenge, new plays like Hyped are being produced by Artrix and made specifically with these young people in mind and can make a real difference by highlighting mental health issues and helping local youngsters.”
Christmas shoppers in Bromsgrove Town Centre next Saturday, December 2, can find out more about The Big Give and take part in Artrix’s Christmas Elf Event from 11am to 1pm.
Artrix staff will be on hand during The Big Give week to assist visitors who may wish to donate securely via The Big Give website on the tablet computers in the foyer.
Online donations begin at 12pm on November 28 visit secure.thebiggive.org.uk/project/28556 for further information.