Having been constantly inspired by the children whenever I watched a Mushroom Theatre Company show, I immediately volunteered to be a Trustee when Equal People Performing Arts was launched in 2005.
The charity aims to advance fully inclusive education in the Performing Arts for all children, young people and adults both disabled and non-disabled or who are disadvantaged. It also provides workshops and activities in the Performing Arts in order to assist with their integration into the wider community.
Following years of fundraising and charity activities, during which we saw time and time again just how much Equal People Performing Arts meant to people and never ceased to be amazed by the love and generosity of so many, in 2014 we finally secured a building in Rayleigh, Essex. An empty shell has been transformed into a multi-purpose fully-accessible venue, with reception, waiting area, office, kitchen & wheelchair-accessible toilets and two multi-function performing arts studios.
This represents major success for the charity and thanks to the fantastic efforts of our fundraising team and the fantastic support we have received from the community, 2015 saw us raise enough money to cover the annual running costs of the building.
I am optimistic that we will be able to continue covering the annual running costs of the building, but there are bigger targets to achieve, notably transforming the rest of the building into further studios and care facilities.
I look towards a successful future and express my thanks to our supporters, volunteers & stakeholders.
I am proud to have served as a Trustee for 10 years and am dedicated to steering the Charity forward alongside my fellow Trustees and our Volunteers.
Ian Smith • Chair of Trustees
Equal People Performing Arts