Social or Economic Disadvantage
The first Luton Matters award in the Social or Economic Disadvantage category was made to Luton All Women’s Centre in March 2020 for a programme developing awareness and support in the workplace for female victims of domestic abuse (Employers Against Domestic Abuse). A programme coordinator has been appointed who is working with employers and clients, and facilitating domestic abuse groups.
Arts and Heritage
The first award in the Arts and Heritage category was made to Tangled Feet in June 2020 for a three-stranded programme of artistic work to develop new audiences in the town, create original work for schools based on themes of well-being, connectivity and social cohesion, and nurture young talent through to professional opportunity.
Despite Covid delays, Tangled Feet developed their school show Butterflies, which explores anxiety from a child’s perspective, and were able to programme a tour of Luton schools in the summer term of 2021 with a young Luton artist in a paid internship role as Assistant Director. The show has been picked up for touring outside of the Luton area in the future. A collaboration with the Next Generation Youth Theatre (NGYT), including additional paid internships with local artists, is planned at the Hat Factory in July 2021, which should lead to the development of brand new work and full productions in 2022.
The first award in the Health category was made to Early Childhood Partnership in March 2021 to fund the continuity and development of its play therapy service for child victims of domestic abuse in Luton and Central Bedfordshire.