For The Community

Check out our dedicated website for our community projects

 

Find out more about our projects at our dedicated website www.darknessmakessense.com.  

Our volunteer led, non-profit community interest company, has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2016.  NRP has been honoured with this award for responding to the needs of our local community.  We bring about social change and have a positive social impact on the lives of socially disadvantaged groups; particularly, individuals effected by domestic/sexual abuse, mild to moderate mental health conditions and cultural deprivation (BME groups).

We achieve this by running community projects providing skill attainment, education, artistic pursuits and counselling.   As a result we increase participation in the arts, education and wellbeing for this client group. We run 6 such projects centred on our organisations ethos.

 

“That each individual in society, irrespective of race, ethnic origin, gender, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, creed, disability, age, religion or political belief has the right to be and to achieve all they want in their lives.”

 

In addition, our arts programme develops emerging socially disadvantaged artists, experiencing barriers to participation and access to artistic employment opportunities.  By supporting artists in their career development as well as, creating opportunities for artist to nurture their talents.  We also assist them gaining employment with our partners and other arts organisations.

As a result of feedback from clients Our “Abuse Victim Support Programme (AVS Project) ” and “Darkness Makes Sense… In The Light” programme began. Both   designed and ran by individuals affected by domestic/sexual violence and/or mild to moderate mental health conditions to assist in their recovery and increase their ability to participate in the Arts.

Both these programmes provide a holistic package of support.  The AVS Project provides a holistic package of emotional and practical support to those dealing with domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape.  Whether that is something that’s happening now or has happened in the past.  We provide immediate and free one to one counselling for individuals, in safe and secure surroundings.  Whilst Darkness Makes Sense Project provides a holistic package of emotional and practical support to those dealing with mild to moderate mental health issues.

Our “Diverse Britain” Project highlights the social injustices experienced by BME individuals as well as highlighting Luton’s diverse art and cultural heritage and the contributions that all nations have made to modern Britain.

We use art as an essential bridge across language, cultural and age differences. Art becomes our shared link, the glue that shapes our understanding of how we see ourselves and each other.  These programmes provide both participants and the audience the freedom to create, integrate and bring public attention to their cause.

To go to the dedicated community project website click the image below and find out more about our award winning community projects.