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RainbowBiz Limited will be “Celebrating Volunteers With Pride” by holding a free cinema screening and Q and A event at Theatr Clwyd thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

After successfully applying to the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme RainbowBiz Limited, a social enterprise in Flintshire has been awarded £1893.00, which will be used to host an event at 6pm, Saturday, 4th March, 2017 at Theatr Clwyd in Mold.

On the day all corners of the community are invited to come together to Celebrate Volunteers With Pride. Volunteers at RainbowBiz are an important part of the local area because without volunteering many people would not be able to gain skills in new areas, feel good about themselves, be a part of the community and put on so many amazing events in Flintshire, for example Flintshire Pride, Diversity 2017 and the RainbowBiz Mind, Body, Spirit Festival.

Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, RainbowBiz are thrilled to be organising a FREE celebration of RainbowBiz volunteers who work together for the good of the community in North Wales. Our volunteers hold various projects and events which promote equality, diversity and inclusion. As part of this celebration, RainbowBiz extends the invitation to members of the Flintshire community.

Flintshire Flicks, one of RainbowBiz’s community projects are proud to screen the film ‘Pride’. The screening will include an introduction and a Q & A session with one of RainbowBiz’s volunteers, Jayne Francis-Headon. Jayne is the author of ‘Mrs Hellfire “You Said It!”’, a heartfelt biography about her mother, Hefina Headon, whose character in the film ‘Pride’ is played by Imelda Staunton. Jayne has firsthand experience of the Strike and the real life people portrayed in the film. Jayne will talk about her book and her passion for the community and volunteer work.

Jayne gives a brief overview of the film ‘Pride’ from her perspective below:
“’Pride’ is based on a true story of an unlikely friendship formed between the LGSM (Lesbian & Gays Support the Miners) and a small South Wales mining community during the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike. This film is very close to my heart, as my mother, Hefina Headon, was a great inspiration to me and everyone who met her. Sadly, she passed away the day before filming began. The first time I saw the film at a private screening with everyone else that had been involved, emotions ran deep. We are all still lifelong friends. Hefina’s passion and fight for all things community related has influenced my own life greatly. This film is a feel-good emotional journey that will have you feeling happy, sad, angry and everything in between.”

Hot drinks and cake will be provided. A variety of local organisations will be in attendance to offer information to guests.

Sarah Way, Director at RainbowBiz said “RainbowBiz are blessed with having a diverse group of volunteers who work together to put on a variety of events throughout the year. Many of our volunteers live with daily barriers but when we all get together all we focus on is “ability” and what we can do together as a team. Volunteering really is good for your health, if you would like to get involved come along to the event on March 4th at Theatr Clwyd, all are welcome. Alternatively please email info@rainbowbiz.org.uk as we are always looking for new volunteers. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Big Lottery Fund for their support, as has given us the chance to give something back to our valued volunteers and the opportunity for other volunteers to come along and see what RainbowBiz is all about.“

The Big Lottery Fund found that more than half (63%) of people asked reported that they have never or cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their local neighbourhood. If given the chance, more than 40% would like to celebrate their local history, and more than two fifths (43%) of those aged 16 to 24 would celebrate their local culture, art or music.

In response to these findings the Big Lottery Fund asked for local groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes to apply for funding, to hold events or activities that would bring people together and celebrate what makes their local community special.

The Celebrate programme is the perfect opportunity for people to showcase and enjoy something important to their community, be it an iconic building, a precious landscape, a unique service or a community hero. There is £5 million available in total across the UK.

If you’d like to get involved with the Celebrate Volunteers with Pride event please contact: Sue Oliver 07759 753473. You can register for your FREE TICKETS here: www.rainbowbiz.org.uk/celebrate

For more information about the Celebrate programme please visit: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/celebrate

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