Charity, Education and Awareness has always been a large part of the ethos of Boomtown with hundreds of ways for charities to take part, including £2 ticket donations, guest list donations, stewarding partnerships, trading pitches, talks, salvage operations, filming opportunities and on site activities and performances to name a few.
OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNER 2018: Winnall Rock School
Winnall Rock School improves the quality of lives of young people and their families in Winchester by providing free music tuition and band workshops for young people who would not otherwise have access to such opportunities or who need additional support.
In a lively, enthusiastic, supportive atmosphere, we welcome young people with all levels of ability. Founded in 2004, their reputation proceeds them; delivering high quality workshops and performances, they became a registered charity in 2014.
Their rock school has three studios each equipped with guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, amplifiers, microphones and a PA system. Coordinated by a professional music leader, local musicians volunteer their services to coach, nurture and support young people to learn to play these instruments, sing and write their own songs which culminates in two live shows each year.
Each £2 festival ticket donation will be used to fund provisions for their core services in 2018 and 2019 which include free music lessons in drumming, guitar, bass, keyboards, singing and songwriting plus music tech and performance skills and experience.
“We believe that making music can change people’s lives, increasing self-confidence and personal achievement in a safe and informal learning environment” - Winnall Rock School
Check out our Charity News Story HERE for an update on all the funds raised at Chapter 9
OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNER 2017: STREET REACH
This year, we donated all £2 donations to Street Reach, a local Winchester charity that works with hard-to-reach and often vulnerable young people by engaging with them on the streets of Winchester. Donations helped them deliver new workshops addressing substance use awareness, sex and relationships, including bullying, and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, including obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, and self-harming. The project also provided opportunities for young people that have limited options available to them or aren’t able to access such opportunities due to their circumstances. Click here to donate.
CHARITY WORK ON SITE
Charities that took part in Chapter 9:
Purple Community Fund - with their amazing stall selling incredible bags, belts, jewellery and clothes made from ring pulls and other objects usually found in rubbish dumps, all funds raised went towards teaching disadvantaged groups how to lift themselves out of poverty.
Oxfam Shop - The best second hand shop on the festival circuit! Hidden gems from Oxfam shops around the country were available on site with all proceeds going towards Oxfam’s incredible work around the globe.
Love Support Unite - Unwinding in the Love Lounge, was made possible by THE best sunglasses on the festival circuit - Love Specs. Nestled in Whistlers Green, they had numerous ways for revellers to discover more about the incredible work they do in Malawi and where all donations go!
Greenpeace - Greenpeace defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse and championing environmentally responsible solutions. They are completely independent and use non-violent direct action and people power to change certain governments and corporations. Their eco-marquee offered a wealth of information on how we can protect our Rainforests, Oceans, Arctic and how we can eliminate toxic chemicals and fight for peace and disarmament, told by their staff, their mobile cinema and with exclusive Virtual Reality experiences which took festival goers on a journey to the Amazon or Arctic.