What’s going on with Peace in the Park this year? What is there to look forward to?
Join us and share your thoughts about the festival at The Beer Engine, 21 October & The Hallamshire House, 12 November 2015.
We are launching a recruitment drive in order to find volunteers to help run the festival. Key roles as well as smaller voluntary roles are available and we would love to talk to you about how you can get involved. Whether you have loads of time to spare and want to give something back to the community or whether you can only spare a few hours on the big day itself, we want to hear from you! Meet us at The Beer Engine on Cemetery Road (behind Waitrose) on 21st October or at the Hallamshire House on the 12th November to let us know how you want to get involved – big or small ideas are all welcome. Or maybe you just want to pop along to show your support and that’s fine too.
We are a small team of friendly people from all walks of life and we want to make sure that Peace in the Park stays on top of its game for the next festival in 2016 at the Ponderosa. In order to meet this deadline, we need to raise funds and recruit people to help out. Being involved in Peace in the Park as a volunteer means you will be joining a team with a wealth of experience and you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in anything from fundraising, photography, crafting, stewarding, music promotion, accounting or anything else you feel passionately about and can add to the mix.
Peace in the Park is so much more than just the one day free festival… Fundraising continues throughout the year, be it gigs, bake offs or pop ups. We need to raise at least £18000 each year to make the festival happen and all that money comes from the generosity of the people of Sheffield. It’s quite simple… if the money is not raised, the festival will not run. The essential funds pay for things like marquees, production, toilets and much more – you get the idea. If you want to be involved but can’t make the dates – don’t worry; you can register your interest with us by emailing email@example.com and send us a line or two about what you are interested in getting involved with.
Together we can make Peace in the Park 2016 a reality!
The Peace in the Park planning team is excited to announce the two causes they will be supporting at this year’s event – ASSIST, who work with asylum seekers and Roundabout, who provide shelter, support and life skills to young homeless people.
Peace in the Park, Sheffield’s free community arts festival, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Each year there is a heady mix of live music , showcasing upcoming bands from across the area, alongside stalls, children’s activities, foods from around the world and hands-on workshops. This year the festival will be returning to the Ponderosa in Netherthorpe, on Saturday 8 June. 12pm to 9pm.
Each year Peace in the Park supports two causes, chosen by the planning team, to receive all of the donations collected on the day, as well as being given a platform to spread the word about themselves. Last year’s causes, CRESST and Names Not Numbers, each received a cheque for £1500.
The first cause being supported this year, ASSIST, describe themselves as, “a Sheffield-based charity supporting destitute asylum seekers. Peace in the Park previously supported us in 2007. We still support around 60 people each week with money, subsidised bus passes, about half in accommodation, and others in our night shelter; and give signposting information and access to solicitors etc. to about 20-30 people each week. The other help in Sheffield to which we can refer people includes free bicycles and a range of free food, services and activities.”
In response to being chosen for this year’s event, Catarina Thomas from ASSIST said, “It is an honour to be one of Peace in the Park’s sponsored causes this year. The need for help has never been greater – our shelter for asylum seekers is full every night. Any money raised will make a vital contribution to our work in the future. Peace in the Park is always one of our favourite festivals and we are looking forward to helping make it another great event this year.”
Roundabout, the second cause being supported, “is Sheffield’s youth housing charity, and provides shelter, support and life skills to young people. We provide accommodation for homeless young people at our emergency hostel and support young people to live independently in secure bedsits and in shared housing throughout the city. Roundabout also offers young people a comprehensive programme of training and involvement which breaks the cycle of homelessness and develops long term independent living skills.”
Upon hearing the news of the selection for this year, Amy Casbolt, Fundraising Co-ordinator at Roundabout said, “We are delighted to have been chosen, along with ASSIST as the charities for this year’s Peace in the Park. This exciting event will enable us to raise our profile in the city, and valuable funds for the renovation of our emergency hostel for young homeless people.”
If you want to find out more about this year’s Peace in the Park, or how you could get involved, then take a look at the website http://www.peaceinthepark.org.uk/
A belated Happy New Year to everyone, hope you all enjoyed the holidays!
We’d like to start 2013 with this update from our friend Karl Olsen at Age UK, the people behind the gorgeous Tea Tent at the festival, telling us about how they used some of the proceeds raised at last year’s event.
Most of you will have spent the festive season in the company of family, friends and other loved ones, but more than half a million older people spend Christmas Day alone. Through the lunch and support groups that they hold in the community, Age UK staff identified some particularly vulnerable people and helped ease this loneliness by delivering food hampers to them. These carefully thought-out packages included goodies such as chocolate, fudge and biscuits, but also the means to make some traditional Christmas meals, and were very gratefully received.
“The feedback we had was that the recipients appreciated the thought and felt as though people did care about them”, says Karl.
So, when you spot the Tea Tent at the 2013 festival on Saturday 8 June, pop in and treat yourself to a nice cuppa and a bun (or two) – it will taste even better knowing the good work that it’s contributing to!