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£800raised of £2,000 target by 16 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,000 to fund the distribution of a fun and original music resource for early years learning, elderly care and support in education

Location
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Black Spot is an original series of educational resources created by Ben Heaney, promoting mental focus through an engaging method of learning.
“A unique and very enjoyable musical game/composition/brain trainer. Every home should have one!” - Master of the Queen’s Music

It is helping people of all ages, finding use as a gateway to reading, facilitating communication through musical activity in public & private education, learning support and specialist care. The feedback is extremely positive.

Ben was selected as SparkVale’s 2014 Best New Business Idea competition finalist, and with support from Abingdon Music Centre and funding from Oxfordshire District Council, Ben gave proof of concept classes at a care-home.
“The book is easy to understand, enjoyable and engaging” – Care-Home Activities Coordinator

The work was then incorporated into a new scheme of work and successfully delivered for the Oxfordshire Learning Network at two care-homes. Ben was then invited to present this work at their AGM. This work led to the Creative Dementia Arts Network offering Ben a place on their Arts practitioner in dementia care course.
“Just Brilliant” - Chief Executive, CDAN

Following a placement at a local Alzheimer's Society Day Centre, Ben presented for CDAN’s Annual conference at St Hugh’s College, Oxford and gave a series of workshops as featured Arts Practitioner. He was then invited to give demos for the Guideposts “Lights Up! Memory Club” meetings.

As well as providing activities to those with failing memory conditions, this work is also being used in Early Years development, school education and beyond. In May 2016, Ben was invited to give a demonstration of his work for PhD students at the Henley Business School as an effective team-building exercise. The possible uses of Black Spot are limited only by the imagination!

Please help Ben reach more people who need this work most by making a donation and sharing the news of this campaign.

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  • Ben Heaney

    Ben Heaney

    8 days ago

    Ben Heaney

    I've updated the story for the campaign. Please do have a read as I really hadn't explained much of the background to my Black Spot book at all! The update includes notice of reaching finals in local business competition; selection for Arts Practitioner in Dementia Care course, presenting at St.Hugh's College & Oxford Town Hall; workshops for Guideposts Memory Clubs and demos at Henley Business School. There are also more testimonials and info about how far Black Spot has already reached. Thank you so much for the donations already made!

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  • Ben Heaney

    Ben Heaney

    11 days ago

    Ben Heaney

    It's a hugely ambitious target, I know. But there are a lot of people, even in the surrounding area who do not get much, often any access to music activity in their daily lives. There is no doubt: music is something very special in life. After all, it's an activity humans have been doing for tens of thousands of years. It predates all known written language and number systems and I trust that is why doctors and carers of those with dementia refer to music as being the last to go. You can help me reach those people! Please donate &/or share

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  • Ben Heaney

    Ben Heaney

    19 days ago

    Ben Heaney

    Finally uploaded a batch of Black Spot Book "uses" videos and created a Playlist on the Deltaviolin YouTube channel. You can now really get a flavour of the breadth of uses - from Early Years Learning, through every-day use, to care and support activities. I am so very grateful for the donations so far - this definitely means I can reach more people and I will let you know what I do with it. Thank you! Please help me reach beyond my target, I've got so many books to make and distribute if I'm to get it in every home!!

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 3, 2016

    Best of luck!

    £100.00

  • Madeleine  Heaney

    Madeleine Heaney

    Dec 1, 2016

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 30, 2016

    £100.00

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Ben Heaney

Ben Heaney

Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

I'm a qualified Arts Practitioner in Dementia Care and SparkVale Best New Business Idea competition finalist. Before starting a company in 2014, I worked as the Performing Arts Co-ordinator and Directed Music, teaching at the Cokethorpe Educational Trust from 2001.

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