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To whom it may concern

RE: I am writing to you regarding The Sneinton Winter Wonderland Festival. This year sees a new pilot festival for the sneinton area. The winter wonderland Festival is a V Project and Trent FM funded event which aims to create new volunteering opportunities for young people aged between 16-25 years old. The festival has been established to allow all sections of the community, regardless of age, background or belief, to come together to help organise and develop the event, as well as to participate in all its activities. It celebrates both the area and the participants themselves, whether through education, arts, performance, display or sports. It also allows people from all the different cultures and with differing experiences, to meet at its workshops and social events cumulating in a final winter carnival day. We will be recruiting young volunteers to work on a wide range of opportunities associated with a pilot winter festival using young people’s own interest, we will enable them to work with us to deliver the event then go on to mentor even younger people for the summer sneinton festival, work will be wide ranging from arts, music, drama, heritage, event management, catering, sports, costume making, lighting etc. The coordinator will work closely with the existing youth groups as well as schools and with the neighbourhood team of the city council and the detached youth team, taster sessions will be offered in the various arts and programmes being developed. The coordinator herself is aged 22 and from a disadvantaged background, who over the years has built up an impressive portfolio with the creative arts industry, who will be able to mentor the various youth groups to encourage and to develop creative, organisational skills and in the future to work with the younger age group 11-16. Sneinton diverse population is the in the top 5/10 of disadvantaged communities, we aim to work with the increasing numbers of Eastern European as well as the Indian Pakistani and black groups. The coordinator will enable 30 volunteers to deliver a small winter festival in sneinton and gain expertise in their own interests. In all cases we expect them to gain respect, confidence and a sense of belonging to a vibrant community. We wish to improve the picture for young people in sneinton, we will offer basic training in first aid and personal development and mentor in organisational skills, we will promote specialised training and accreditation for a proportion of volunteers and will be organising further opportunities, and this will lead for some to improved career opportunities. The volunteer project is designed to be a distinct part of the new winter festival, publicity and taster events are an important part of the project, we expect some young volunteers to work with us on these events and subsequently go on to further training and accreditation Once this project proves to be successful, further funding will be sought to continue with the volunteers to deliver the sneinton summer festival 2009. I would now like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to read the above information about our exiting new project and would like to invite you to get involved, in any 1|Page


way possible, if you can provide training, a taster day for our festival programme, publicity or if you just know someone who may be interested in volunteering, please do not hesitate to get in touch, as a new project we will work our hardest to accommodate any form of help and to build long standing relationships for further projects within the Nottingham community. Yours sincerely Holly Cassidy Festival Coordinator C/O TRACS Centre 60 Sneinton Hollows Sneinton, Nottingham NG2 4AA 0115 9584862 07722 142 145 Holly.cassidy@googlemail.com *Please find attached the festival objectives

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*The festival objectives;

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To organise the annual summer Sneinton festival and associated events-fundraisers, social events to rise funding for both festivals,

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To work with local resident groups schools projects local and statutory bodies on the same,

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To encourage participation and inclusion of all members of the community without exclusion on grounds of age race gender disability sexuality origin,

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To benefit the local community and help bring a sense of local identity,

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To encourage all sections of the community to work together,

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To demonstrate and make available to all sections of the community, arts, performance, music, dance, craft etc,

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And to offer new skills as part of the above to ensure community can organise event in future.

This project sole aim is to involve several younger age groups in running the festival and developing their talents,

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