What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Our project will address four main issues: Health, poverty, crime and the need for community space.
The general level of health in the City is poor with high levels of childhood obesity.
There are many deprived areas in Brighton which house a large number of low income families, single parents and those living in affordable accommodation. Most of whom are unable to afford sports or dance activities for their children.
Our project will engage and give focus to young people who may otherwise be involved in disruptive or even criminal activities.
Brighton and Hove seriously lacks available quality space/studios where classes and sessions can take place in a safe, professional and affordable environment.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
In a recent study by the Health Profiles it was stated that the health of people in Brighton & Hove is generally worse compared with the England average and that deprivation in the City is higher than average with approximately 9400 children living in poverty.
20.7% of children aged under 16 years living in poverty.
Data from the Sport England’s active people survey which measure the levels of sports participation shows that Brighton & Hove are in the top 25% nationally but satisfaction with local sports facility provision is in the bottom 25%. This indicates that the expectations of residents are currently not being met.
What is your solution?
Marina Studios will allow young people, who otherwise would not be able to afford it, to attend and benefit from dance, sports and fitness activities by offering and running subsidised sessions and projects.
We will mentor young people on their journey to become young leaders. They will assist professional instructors and teachers and learn 'on the job'.
Marina Studios will be a large complex made up of three studios with mirrors, sprung floors and equipment. Participants will be able to further their development by attending more classes offered by more practitioners specialising in more varied styles and art forms. Practitioners will benefit from this quality and affordable space which is much needed in Brighton.
How will you deliver this?
Funding will be obtained to run projects and sessions for the benefit of young people living in the deprived areas of our City and surrounding areas. These projects will led by our young leaders who will be supervised throughout the projects by their professional mentors. We will work closely with local schools, Brighton and Hove city council and other organisations.
The studios will also be available to hire commercially to practitioners offering a wide variety of activities at a reasonable and affordable rate.