Welcome to WinterFest
Since it began in 2015, WinterFest has been helping fight depression by raising spirits and developing a sense of community during the darkest time of the year. It’s a serious subject, but we have a lot of fun with a host of music, arts and other events taking place in February.
Following feedback from the local community, we’ve set up the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund to fund grants of up to £100 to help Brightlingsea residents undertake activities to improve their mental, physical or social wellbeing –such as tickets for a family day out, music lessons, sports lessons etc.
Three-quarters of the money raised at our 2019 events (after costs have been accounted for) will go into the new fund, with the remainder going to Mid and North Essex Mind.
WinterFest Wellbeing Fund Application
To find out more about the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund, download an application form by clicking the button below.
News! Wellbeing Fund awards first round of grants
Brightlingsea WinterFest’s new Wellbeing Fund has distributed a total of £2,500 in its first round of grants, helping to improve the lives of people in the town all year round.
The new fund, which was established following this year’s WinterFest, has awarded more than 20 grants to community groups, local organisations, individuals and families to promote physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Alix Sheppard and Dave Griffiths, who organise Brightlingsea WinterFest, which brings an array of music, arts and many other activities to the town each February, were “overwhelmed” by the response to the launch of the Wellbeing Fund.
“ Dave and I were delighted with the number of applications for the first round of grants from the new fund,” said Alix.
“ It is very gratifying to be able to help local groups, families and individuals, who all put forward very compelling reasons why the grants will help improve their health and wellbeing.
“We are very happy that WinterFest is creating a legacy to go back into the community, helping in practical ways all the year round.”
The grants now distributed from the Wellbeing Fund include tickets for sporting and outdoor activities, for Brightlingsea Lido, music tuition, a personal training programme, sailing club membership and singing lessons.
Local organisations to benefit from grants for new equipment include The Autumn Centre, Brightlingsea Cricket Club, Pulse Performers, The Marine Conservation Society for beach clean up events,The Brightlingsea Brigade and Brightlingsea primary school. A lump sum has also been given to Brightlingsea Lido.
From recipients of the grants:
“Receiving the grant from the Wellbeing Fund was brilliant news. My daughter rarely leaves the house due to severe anxiety, ASD and OCD. Singing is the only thing that seems to help her cope with her everyday struggles and gives her a chance to believe in herself.”
“I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you so much for your contribution towards my membership for the sailing club in Brightlingsea. I had previously paid for my son to join however I was not able to pay a full years membership for myself.”
We have both been sailing this evening together, on separate boats, with people we have met since he joined the club and have had a wonderful time. I give my time to the Lido as I am able, but to have the funds to join a club with my son means a great deal.”
“Just to say a big thank you for our Sissix machine. We are all looking forward to using it to create some lovely [paper] crafts.”
The Brightlingsea WinterFest Wellbeing Fund was launched this year following feedback from the local community and grants worth up to £100 were offered to organisations, families and individuals in Brightlingsea to help improve their mental, physical or social wellbeing.
WinterFest, which began in 2015,will continue to support the mental health charity Mind with a donation of 20 per cent of the profits from the festival.
Alix said : “WinterFest makes a real difference to the sense of community and wellbeing in Brightlingsea, bringing people together to have fun and enjoy a wide range of events at different venues in the town.
“The new Wellbeing Fund has had a great start and has widened WinterFest’s scope to be a force for good in the town.
“We are now planning a brilliant WinterFest for 2020 and would like to offer the opportunity to local businesses or individuals to become a sponsor and benefit from some high profile recognition.”
To find out about sponsoring the 2020 Brightlingsea WinterFest e mail firstname.lastname@example.org call 07708 705150 or visit www.brightlingseawinterfest.co.uk
WinterFest sponsorship opportunities now available
Planning is well underway for the 2020 Brightlingsea WinterFest taking place in February. Now local firms are being invited to show their support and have their names linked to the event which attracts hundreds of people of all ages.
Venues across the town will be taking part, inviting Brightlingsea residents and visitors to enjoy music of all kinds, art and craft workshops, spoken word, film and comedy. New attractions for 2020 will be The Great Big Pancake Party for families, neighbours and friends, activities to get everyone moving at the Fresh Fitness centre and some accredited mental wellbeing training workshops.
Brightlingsea WinterFest is run by a team of dedicated volunteers, led by the event’s founders, Alix Sheppard and Dave Griffiths.
Alix said: “The 2020 WinterFest is shaping up to be one of the best ever and, to take the festival forward, we are seeking sponsorship from local businesses.
“The sponsorship will go hand in hand with high-profile publicity and the chance for local firms to forge closer connections with the community, something that residents and local authorities fully appreciate.
“Since it began in 2015, WinterFest has gone from strength to strength and has grown to be a major event. It has raised spirits and helped to build a sense of community during the darkest time of the year, when many people struggle with depression and isolation. Having something that brings people together to have fun and enjoy a wide range of events at different venues in the town helps make a difference to everyone’s wellbeing.”
Alix added: “Over the years, WinterFest has raised almost £25,000 for mental health charities.
Following feedback from the local community, we set up the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund this year and have distributed the first round of grants to people in Brightlingsea to help improve their mental, physical or social wellbeing. The grants included tickets for sporting and outdoor activities, for Brightlingsea Lido, music tuition, a personal training programme, sailing club membership and singing lessons.”
Local organisations to benefit from grants for new equipment include The Autumn Centre, Brightlingsea Cricket Club, Pulse Performers, The Marine Conservation Society for beach clean up events,The Brightlingsea Brigade and Brightlingsea primary school. A lump sum was also given to Brightlingsea Lido.
“Eighty per cent of funds raised by the 2020 WinterFest will go into the Wellbeing Fund so that more grants can be awarded and 20 per cent will be donated to the mental health charity Mid and North East Essex Mind.” said Alix.
If you would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities with Brightlingsea WinterFest, please email us.
To date, WinterFest has raised over :
Since it began in 2015, WinterFest has been helping fight depression by raising spirits and developing a sense of community during the darkest time of the year. It’s a serious subject, but we have a lot of fun with a host of music, arts and other events taking place throughout February.
The festival has raised thousands of pounds for Mid & North Essex Mind, which offers support and advice to anyone suffering a mental health issue, and has helped to boost trade for local businesses too.
In 2019 we’re launching the WinterFest Community Fund to help individuals and projects in Brightlingsea.
To date, WinterFest has raised over :
Our fundraising does this...
Pays for a session with a Support, Time & Recovery worker to help with debt & finance issues or the search for work.
Covers the cost of a group session to offer support and friendship to people who find it hard to get out and about.
Pays for six counselling sessions for someone with mild to moderate depression or anxiety to help them cope.
Pays for eight sessions of therapeutic support for a young person having a tough time at school or at home.
Donate to WinterFest
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Donate to Brightlingsea WinterFest and you’ll be supporting Mid and North East Essex Mind and the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund. Thank you!
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Many hands make life easy!
• Set up events
• Sell raffle tickets
• Run events
• Make cakes
If you'd like to perform at Winterfest we want to hear from you. Bands, singers, poets, storytellers, dancers – whatever you do, help us make winter a brighter place.
Without your support, Winterfest can't happen. Come out to one of the many events happening throughout February and get involved. You'll feel much better for it!
Our sponsors and supporters...
Without the help of our sponsors and supporters, WinterFest couldn't happen. Thanks to them all.