The Spitz wins
Mayor of London’s
Culture Seeds Award
I want to congratulate The Spitz Charitable Trust for their excellent work in Islington – you are proof that culture can benefit us all.
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
L-R Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Thom Rowlands, Tanya Cracknell, Marvin Brown and Jane Glitre of The Spitz Charitable Trust and Deputy Mayor for Culture Justine Simons.
Photograph © Greater London Authority
Our second project, with resident Aida Martinez (pictured above left with her friend Olive) was a series of chats with Jane Glitre, director of the Spitz, about Aida's life, after we learned that her illness had become terminal. She said:
The Mayor of London’s Culture Seeds supports small, grassroots organisations providing local arts activities and community-led cultural projects.
"Thank you for writing my life stories now my time has nearly come. It’s been good to talk"
A big thank you to Culture Seeds for helping to make these projects possible and enabling us to continue our work of improving wellbeing through the power of live music
The Spitz received a grant from Culture Seeds in autumn 2018, which funded a “1-to-1” arts project at Bridgeside Lodge Care Home in Islington, (where The Spitz is based) and also a Solstice Party at Bridgeside Lodge in December 2018.
The 1-to-1 project focussed on deepening relationships with individual residents of the home and the positive knock-on effect that this had on the wellbeing and mood of all the residents, staff, family and friends.
We were presented with the award for "Culture and Wellbeing 2019” by Mayor Sadiq at City Hall on Thursday 16th May.
Our first project was a series of guitar lessons between Bridgeside Lodge resident John Chamen, and Thom Rowlands of the Spitz
John used to be incredibly anxious and would hardly ever leave his room but now he’s joining in, he’s smiling. He’s unrecognisable, you’ve done wonders. I’m chuffed, I look at John and I’m like “wow”.
Its great, it’s amazing, it’s a transformation.
Fatma Makalo - Manager of Bridgeside Lodge Care Home