The Dewsbury Partnership aims to make it easier for local groups to work together and get things done - and if no-one else is doing what is necessary then to do it ourselves.
One of the things we identified long ago was that community events are one of the best ways to get people together - but also the hardest thing for the community to organise for itself.
So we need all sorts of resources, people and money mostly. People with skills as well as people who just give their time and enthusiasm. We would love it if you could volunteer your skills - or your time - or just your enthusiastic help with all sorts of jobs that need doing.
Yes, we know that you've probably GOT NO TIME. You've got a family - and one of those time gobblers called 'a job' - and pets - and a garden and all the other reasons that mean you have difficulty helping out no matter how much you might want to.
All the same, we are slowly accumulating a small group of volunteers who find that they are able and willing to help - but we're still not enough.
No matter how many volunteers we get from the community there are still services that we have to buy in and pay for in order to run an event. Things we don't have the experience or knowledge to do - or things that the council require before they will issue a licence.
And all those contractors have yet more regulations - on top of insurance that we have to buy to enable our events to take place. Things we have to pay for like:
And it all costs money. Just the stuff listed here will cost about £5,000 - for every event. And that's before we even start to think about any entertainment.
Here's our dilemma: we have a great creative energy in Kirklees supported both by a council team and an Arts Council funded organisation whose every effort goes into training and nurturing local talent so that they can earn a living in the performing arts. And there's the rub - their livelihood depends on being paid for what they do So how can we expect them to work for free?
Lots of artists are ready to reduce their rates for community events - but even so... it all costs.
Dewsbury Christmas Lights 2019 was the first event we took responsibility for.
We quickly discovered we were trying to do too much with too little in too short a time
and generated an enormous amount of stress!
But lots of people enjoyed it - and boy, did we learn some lessons!
1. Keep it simple. We're simplifying the layout of the event this year
2. Focus on your target market. For Christmas it has to be about the children - so we're going big on children this year.
3. Start planning early - really early. And yes, we've started planning - of which this page is part - to make sure we're ready.
4. Build support. We're starting on that as well - we need help, your help - and we'll come to how you can do that in a minute.
There's an obvious solution to all this MONEY TROUBLE - go get a grant. Well, yes, we did that last year and it helps and we will no doubt do it again together with every other money making scheme we can think of.
THE PROBLEM WITH GRANTS: - is that they always run out. We have to spend as much time and effort in getting a replacement grant as in delivering what we exist to do.
And whoever provides the grant usually wants you do to what they want - which might not be want you want to do.
Your chance to WIN CASH while supporting your favourite town
And help The Dewsbury Partnership
to put on more events
with a more secure financial future
No problem. Just click here to download and print a paper form and follow the instructions to return it to us.
We're working on a way for you to support us without taking part in the lottery. You can support us with a regular gift.
Subscription is by secure Direct Debit. Just fill in the form either online or on paper and we will take care of the rest. The Lottery provides long term, reliable funding for The Dewsbury Partnership as well as giving you a bit of fun. You can subscribe with anywhere between 1 and 6 tickets. Unhappy with that sort of commitment? - don't worry, we will still be fundraising by other means and you will have other, short term, opportunities to support individual events.
Enough to fully fund 1 event every year. But why stop at 1 when you can join with up to 6 tickets.
Enough for 2 or maybe 3 events if we can get other funding.
If we can make this really interesting and amusing there's no telling where this might go - and how Dewsbury really can stand on its own feet.
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