This money will help the group get back to the position where they can give back to the community
A Coventry band that supports people with learning disabilities has launched a fundraiser to ensure they can survive lockdown.
The Notables are a vital community group in Coventry, but have had their operations put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Before lockdown, the band met weekly, and also did outreach work in the community. Now this is no longer possible, they are raising money to ensure that when it is safe to do so, they can continue their important work.
Who are the Notables?
The Notables, formed in 1997, is the only band of its type in the West Midlands. It brings together young people and adults with learning disabilities and gives them a chance to let their passion for music shine.
Over the years, the band has played to huge crowds at the Godiva Festival, Positive Images Festival and Leamington Peace Festival to name a few.
They also rocked the stage at the International Disability Arts Festival in Cardiff last year. With all of the members falling under the vulnerable category, it is likely to take longer for their normal operations to resume. A normal week would see the group meet up at Canley community centre, as well as running sessions in local schools and care homes.
Their fundraising page said: “During the Covid-19 outbreak it’s not possible to meet up to make music, and all our gigs and summer festivals have been cancelled. So instead we are making new music, films and online content to open up opportunities for learning disabled people.
“Our members who all have special needs are particularly challenged by the current situation and we continue to seek ways to help support them. We continue to be about reducing social isolation, making music and giving a voice to learning disabled people.
“So far we have been keeping in touch through phone calls, social media, a newsletter and door-step visits to our members. We have a new WhatsApp group for band members and friends, and through that have set up a tomato growing competition.”
CoventryLive visited one of the group’s sessions last year.