As part of our regular ‘Charity Spotlight’ series, we talk to Selena Blakeley of arts education charity Pedestrian.
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Q1: What does Pedestrian do, and what is your role within the charity?
My name is Selena and I am the Projects Administrator Assistant here at Pedestrian.
We are a leading arts organisation specialising in music and arts education based in the heart of Leicester’s bustling city centre.
We provide education, training and outreach projects for young people at risk, vulnerable adults and communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and across the Midlands. Our participants are often socially excluded, not in education, employment or training (NEET) or experiencing disadvantage.
Q2: Where can people find out more about your charity?
Q3: How has your charity been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
We have two branches to our charity – one is the alternative education provision (AEP) that we reopened after the lockdown at the beginning of September, like other education establishments.
Numbers have been smaller than normal, so it has been easier to make sure everyone is at least 1 metre away from each other. Our learners have adapted positively to these changes and it has been a successful term, with no outbreaks of Covid-19.
The second branch to our charity is outreach project work, this, as you can imagine, has been impacted quite hard. Affecting those that really need it. We have managed to move some sessions online and even created new sessions online to help support vulnerable children / young people during the extended Leicester lockdown. Many of our projects have been put on hold.
How can the public help you right now?
During this quieter time we have been trying to make our space better for our learners. Part of this is the AEP library campaign. Most of the books have been donated and are not inspiring or relevant to any kind of learning.
We would like to provide an inspirational resource library, exposing our learners to new worlds and new possibilities, preferably to support with our core subjects – creative art & photography, music, business. We are trying to raise £250 and we are almost there!
We are fundraising to create an exciting and dynamic library for our AEP learners filled with resource books to inspire and engage our young people to complete their qualifications.
— Pedestrian (@pedestrian1998) November 23, 2020
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