On Wednesday 19th of June, we were very proud to host the 3rd Community of Practice event for Kick the Dust, a £10 million initiative from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. It was incredible to have all 12 funded projects represented by project workers and also some of the external project evaluators attend. Joining representatives from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we also welcomed some of the “DustKickers”. The DustKickers are young ambassadors aged between 16 and 25 who helped to decide how the £10 million was awarded.
The agenda for the day included a guest speaker from one of the Y Heritage funded projects called The New Custodian. Theo Miller from Leicester Printworks was one of the first applicants to receive funding from The Y and his project is now completed. He was joined by one of our young people, Jimmy, who did a placement with Theo working to restore a Victorian printing press. They both took the time to answer some questions from our visitors and share some insights into enabling young people to access and become interested in heritage.
At the end of the conference, some of our visitors were able to go along to a specially arranged preview of another Y Heritage funded project called Sanctuaries. Local organisation ArtReach, successfully applied for Y Heritage funding and of course offered a placement to one of our young people. A fantastic end to a successful event.
This bringing together of all organisations involved allowed the sharing of successes and best practice as well as the opportunity to network and learn from the other organisations.Welcome and we hope you enjoyed your day in our lovely Victorian theatre.