• Doncaster Arts charity awarded a team of business coaches and funding to ‘survive, adapt and thrive’

    darts, Doncaster’s participatory arts charity, has had the importance of its current services and future ambitions recognised with its selection as a 2020 Weston Charity Awards winner.

    The award gives the charity the chance to invest in its future with a core grant of £6,500 from the Garfield Weston Foundation and a year’s strategic planning support from a team of four business leaders, thanks to the leadership charity Pilotlight.

    darts was one of only 19 chosen from a record field of nearly 200 applicants, all of whom are frontline charities delivering youth, welfare or community services in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales.

    Duncan Robertshaw, CEO of darts, said:

    “We’re very pleased to be joining the 2020 cohort for the Weston Charity Awards and with the prospect of working alongside the Pilotlight team over the coming year. With their support, we’ll come closer to our ambition of making our programmes available to the whole of the Doncaster borough.

    Due to Covid-19, our public building, The Point, is currently closed to the public and all face to face activity is postponed. darts staff are continuing to work from home to develop our work and find new ways for our participants to get involved in creative activity. We are also supporting our brilliant artist and freelance artist team to create activity for all of our groups as well as a wider public audience.”

    In congratulating darts, Philippa Charles, director of the Garfield Weston Foundation said:

    “The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the most vulnerable in our communities hard. Frontline charities such as darts are addressing increasing demands for their services with innovation, professionalism and determination; and they are doing so despite serious threats to their finances and operating models. The support and experience of the Weston Charity Awards puts charities in a really strong position to survive, adapt and thrive into the future.”

    Bruce McCombie, interim chief executive of Pilotlight, the charity which is connecting darts with a team of coaches drawn from a range of businesses and other organisations said:

    “darts has been selected as a Weston Charity Award recipient on the strength of its ambitions and the openness of the leadership team to external perspectives - attributes that will help them benefit most from working with our Pilotlighters.”


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