The Octagon Theatre has been awarded £54,768 from the national Coronavirus Community Support Fund distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund. The money will help to support the venue’s creative engagement department, which has been a lifeline for many people in the area during the pandemic and reaches upwards of 13,000 participants a year through a youth theatre, women’s group and other programmes.
Since the Covid pandemic began, the Octagon has continued to support vulnerable participants and the community through online projects and phone calls, and has delivered “creative care” kits to homes.
Victoria Brown, the Octagon’s head of creative engagement, said: “We are extremely thankful to the National Lottery Community Fund for recognising the crucial work we do with Bolton’s communities.
“Keeping connected with our community is even more essential than ever, and this grant will allow us to do just that.”
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