We’re Bedfringe’s Community Partner of the Year!

Bedfringe 2024

We have been named as Bedfringe’s Community Partner of the Year, for Bedford’s answer to the Edinburgh Festival.

Bedford Giving is a new movement to help create a brighter future for the next generation in Bedford, formed by eight founding partners of passionate businesses, charities and organisations.

Bedfringe is an annual event hosted every summer by the Quarry Theatre, with more than 140 shows on offer of all genres of entertainment including comedy, theatre, music, dance, family events and film, as well as Edinburgh Fringe previews. It features national and international artists, alongside local performers. It will run for 11 days, from 18 to 28 July and tickets have now started to go on sale.

Bedfringe Director, James Pharoah MBE, said: “We are very excited to be supporting Bedford Giving during this year’s festival. One of our main focuses is to support young people in our community and helping Bedford Giving may provide further opportunities for some creative projects in the months following the festival.”

Bedford Giving Director Paul (PK) Kellett said:

“We’re delighted to have been picked as Bedfringe’s Community Partner of The Year. We believe everyone in Bedford has something to give – time, skills, funds – and by all working together, we can achieve more than we could on our own. By being Bedfringe’s community partner it will help spread the word about Bedford Giving and enable us to get more supporters onboard to help together to build a brighter future for young people in Bedford.

“We’re in our infancy, having only been launched in June last year, but already we have kick started three transformation projects to improve the lives of young people in Bedford, which are already making a difference.

“Having undertaken research within the local community we ensure all our programmes are delivered, targeting those who need them most, through partnering with others and community engagement, to help young people to succeed.”

Projects currently running include the Parent Panel Grant Making Programme, a volunteer mentoring programme for 13–15-year-olds to help them raise their career aspirations, and a work experience campaign to sign up businesses and organisations to offer work experience for young people who might otherwise miss out.

Bedford Giving has also begun research into the mental health of young people in the borough and the team is also looking at what free activities are available.

Find out more about Bedfringe at www.quarrytheatre.org.uk/bedfringe.

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