What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The backbone of the Rottingdean Smugglers stems from a desire to bring the community together regardless of age, race or wealth.
We are keen to make people more aware of the outreach work we do with young people and elders.
Historically, a small number of people voluntarily organise this event and in these austere times sponsorship/funding is increasingly hard to find. Residents expect the event to happen but not all are aware of the work and funds needed for it to occur.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
We do not have a local youth centre and our event looks to provide a creative outlet for young people across 5 linked villages. The demographic across the village is very mixed from the older generation to young families. Rottingdean Coastal had the highest percentage of people aged 65 years or more (22.3%).
This year it will cost £20,000 to hold the event and beside the cost of providing fireworks we also have heightened Health and Safety requirements due to the size of the audience which last year was estimated at 5,000 people.
What is your solution?
To create a programme of free arts workshops for children, young people and the older generation.
To create opportunities for the community to support us in creating the event and in remembering the history of the village and surrounding coastal areas.
How will you deliver this?
The money raised will pay for community artists to visit care homes and schools in the local area to run workshops to create lanterns to be carried in the parade. We will also run drop in sessions at a local venue in the village. Alongside this money raised will secure the fireworks finale.