Persimmon Homes award City Arts £1,000 for young people’s mental health courses

Date published: 4 Jun 2020

Posted by: Joe Pick

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City Arts has secured a £1,000 donation from housebuilder Persimmon Homes, for our mental health wellbeing course.   

We will use the funds to deliver a series of ‘Express Yourself’ art courses, designed to support young people with mental health concerns.

The donation come from Persimmon’s Building Futures scheme, which aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health and sport.

Alma Solarte-Tobon from City Arts Nottingham, said:

Persimmon Homes’ donation will ensure that more than 250 children will be able to benefit from our ‘Express Yourself’ course – we are very grateful.

We use a range of art techniques to help young people express their creativity and empowering them so they can manage their mental health concerns.

Building Futures will see £1million given away across Britain to regional charities, groups, sports clubs and schools to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects.

In addition to hundreds of local donations of £1,000, 96 initiatives will go on to compete for top prizes of £100,000 through a national online public vote. The overall winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October.

Neil Follows, managing director of Persimmon Homes Nottingham, said:

Building Futures is all about supporting and helping to develop the younger generation in the areas we are building.  City Arts Nottingham provides a unique service and we are very pleased to support their work.

In each of the Building Futures sectors – education & arts, health and sport – as well as a £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

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