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.
We are fully committed to improving our environmental sustainability and every year we seek to reduce the impact made on our local environment through various initiatives and education.
Some of the initiatives we had for Chapter 9 included:
OFFSET YOUR TRAVEL CARBON
Did you know that the festival industry is collectively responsible for 14 kilotons of carbon dioxide each year?! And the main contributor of carbon emissions at festivals is travel (70% of a festival’s carbon footprint).
You helped change this!
We worked with Energy Revolution to turn those miles into donations towards renewable energy projects.
Watch the video here to learn more about the Revolution.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
Reducing what’s brought to festival; by encouraging attendees to only bring the absolute necessities, it resulted in much less heading to landfill after te festival - and made it way easier for the various journey’s home!
Reuse! By cutting down on single use plastic bottles and cups, there was a decrease in the amount of disposable plastics leftover.
Recycling; all binned waste is taken off site, separated and recycled at a specialist facility. By everyone putting in the effort on the ground, we can all avoid it going into landfill!
Contrary to popular belief, there is no magic team of fairies that swoop into festival campsites and give all the tents to charity. It is everyone’s responsibility to take belongings home; if tent donation is on the mind, taking it homeward and drop off at a local charity shop.
We take ethical sourcing very seriously and have been working tirelessly to ensure that all festival food and drink is as ethical as possible meaning that all tea, coffee and chocolate sold will be Fairtrade and all eggs and chicken products are free range.
All food & drink containers and packaging are paper, wooden or compostable.
Drinking waterr, available from the various taps around the festival and within each campsite, can be used to refill bottles rather than having to buy single use bottles. Better for the environment and purse strings!
We increased the number of toilets on site and installed more waste water tanks to ensure that no contaminated water – or wee – got into the watercourses or land. We also installed free composting toilets site wide to further reduce the amount of waste water created.