Our Support a skill campaign provides money for people we support for practical things to develop an interest, skill, hobby or passion, and to help them thrive.
Duane is a rapper and writes his own music. He received Support a skill funding to get his songs recorded in a professional sound recording studio. He told us:
“I have been coming to The Gate for many years and I like to go there to see my friends and to make music. We always come up with cool tunes and rhymes.
“Lockdown was difficult for me. I live far away from everybody, so I was lonely and alone. I also lost my dad, so I was very sad. I learned how to record music on my phone which helped me a lot. It kept me busy, and I wrote many songs.
“I always wanted to record my songs in a proper studio so I was very happy when Seb asked me to come to Sausage Studios. Apparently someone else is gonna pay for it so it’s a win-win. I’ll ask my mate Darren 2Decks to come along and help me out. He’s a good rapper. I’ll try my best to make some sick tunes and we can play them on our radio show.”
Nice one, Duane!
Meanwhile, in Hammersmith and Fulham, new equipment has allowed Janet and her fellow residents to develop their baking skills, leading to some amazing results recently at Halloween! Janet told us:
“Baking and decorating cupcakes helps me feel more relaxed, and happier. My favourite recipe to bake is Italian Pastry Cream (Crema Pasticcera). I enjoyed decorating variety of Halloween themed cupcakes with my friends.
“I am looking forward to the next session and learning new recipes.”
Other skills and projects we are supporting through the scheme are just as exciting, and we are funding:
so people can brush up on their cooking and baking skills.
so someone can unleash their creative potential.
so people can teach themselves the ways of the land!
so someone can show off their new skills to their loved ones.