Last Man Standing
The Last Man Standing Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund was started in January 2019 to preserve the history of posterity songs and their origins unique to the Irish Traveller community in the UK.
It is run by Deafear Productions, in partnership with the Selby Trust and Barbara Lisicki of The Entertrainers. It became clear how crucial and needed this project was following a conversation between the Irish Traveller singer Thomas McCarthy and heritage-bearer Brian Despard of Deafear Productions. Thomas himself is the ‘Last Man Standing’, performing songs and stories that have been handed down in the oral tradition for many generations. He has said that "when I'm gone it's gone" putting this heritage at risk of being lost forever.
- To prevent this loss and preserve and protect this invaluable cultural asset, this project has made high-quality recordings of 20 songs, which are being distributed to the wider community free of charge on CD, including an information booklet in the format.
To listen to the songs and additional information about the project please visit www.lastman-standing.co.uk
Big Energy Saving network
Delivered 200 advice sessions to the hard to reach community for reducing energy bills.
56 people participated in the 3 training courses
2 permanent employments created and School of Social Entrepreneurs organised an event funded by Red Bull, which involved 32 participants.
Community Payback Programme
We host up to 15 people a week on-site, which makes over 500 people this year who works in the global garden maintenance.
35 volunteers have taken help maintain and work in the office on a range of social action projects.
Advice, support & capacity building to 10 existing and 12 emerging group.
260 volunteers have taken part at the Selby Centre on volunteering days to help maintain it.
Encouraged 185 people to participate in bike maintenance and cycling.
Last man standing
Prepare booklet & music CD & distribute to schools, colleges, libraries & archives
Space to think initiative
Coordinated and facilitated two sessions on different themes ‘a space to think’ around key policy areas.
Young Londoners Fund Local Networks
Develop organisations working with young people in Haringey and Enfield as part of the Mayor of London Young Londoners Fund (YLF)