A new ticketing donation scheme is hoping to bring cultural experiences to the socially excluded.
The Ticket Bank, created by the Tickets for Good Foundation, wants to provide tickets to individuals who suffer from a combination of linked problems such as unemployment, poor skills, low incomes, poor housing, high crime environments, bad health or family breakdown so that they too can experience the enriching benefits that participation in the cultural arts can bring.
The Ticket Bank programme – awarded a Big Lottery Fund grant earlier this year through our Tickets for Good Foundation – has already donated more than 500 tickets in partnership with 100 charities.
Tickets are donated to The Ticket Bank by an event organiser or ticket holder. They are then held by The Ticket Bank while charities apply for it. The ticket is then allocated to the chosen charity, while the charity transfers the ticket to a beneficiary for them to attend the event.
A spokesperson said: “Τhe Ticket Bank operates with three primary objectives: support the improvement of health and well-being in disadvantaged and marginalised groups by reducing loneliness; increase social mobility, inclusion and community cohesion; increase cultural participation by creating additional equality in events access and social value.
“We are supporting people to attend events that would never normally get the opportunity! Our network is growing, as our charity partners are increasing.”
Charities and non-profit community groups are invited to sign up via the website.
The Ticket Bank added: “Joining forces we can help attendees overcome multiple obstacles and create a socially inclusive society for everyone.”