NODA receives £10,000 Movement for Good Award

NODA was chosen by a panel of judges to receive a share of £500,000 as part of Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards, which is giving over £1million to good causes this year. 

The project will develop a UK-wide research-led strategy to increase youth participation in theatre and the arts. Participation in theatre is proven to aid children's language and communication skills and enable physical and emotional development. By supporting local groups across the UK, including in rural areas with limited access to mainstream larger theatres to develop a youth theatre platform, it will give children access to arts from an early age. 
We will facilitate theatre themed workshops, drawing from communities across the country and with the support of theatre practitioners to understand the requirements and limitations of taking part in theatre to create a lasting strategy to increase youth participation in amateur theatre.

The awards are designed to help charities make a real difference in their communities. More than 500 charities applied for the funding which is being put towards the advancement of heritage and arts, education, rural and community, climate, human rights and equality. The winning projects were selected against four criteria: impact and effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and care and compassion.

Ian G. Cox, NODA Chairman of Trustees, said: “Our strategy is designed to reach those rural and remote areas, where the nearest theatre is miles away or inner-city locations faced with stretched resources. With theatre, young people can find themselves a retreat from the pressures of growing up and by joining, or even just experiencing a theatre group, can be the difference between a positive or a negative future. We are passionate about the opportunities and sense of community that theatre can provide.  

The support from the Benefact Group will provide much needed help and encouragement for the next generation to develop their skills, talent and interest in theatre. It will help and enable groups to involve the next generation in theatre. Young people will be able to find an inclusive community that prides itself on encouraging individuality and creativity. Groups will see their future brighten with new blood, new ideas & future stars. 

Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive of Benefact Group, said: “At Benefact Group we believe business should be a force for good. More than ever, charitable causes need sustained support and a sense of financial stability. Through our Movement for Good larger-grant awards, we are championing a more imaginative way of supporting charities so that they can have some certainty in these challenging times. We know our funding can be a lifeline to those who are struggling with cost-of-living increases and a grant of this scale can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do.  

“Benefact Group is the fourth largest corporate donor in the UK and has an ambition to be the biggest. Owned by a charity, all our available profits go to good causes, and the more the Group grows, the more the Group can give. As a company whose purpose is to contribute to the greater good of society, charitable giving is at the heart of what we do.”

Movement for Good is funded by EIO plc, part of the Benefact Group.


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About NODA

  1. NODA supports the promotion, education and development of amateur theatre across the UK. For more information visit

About Benefact Group  

  1. Benefact Group is an independent, specialist financial services group that exists to give all its available profits to charity. Owned by a registered charity, Benefact Trust, Benefact Group’s family of businesses provide specialist insurance, investment management and broking and advisory services in the UK, Australia, Canada and Ireland.

  2. Benefact Group is the fourth-largest corporate donor to charity in the UK, according to the UK Guide to Company Giving 2021/22. It has donated over £100m to charity since 2016 and is aiming to reach its target of giving £250m by 2025. Find out more here:  

About the Movement for Good Awards

  1. Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards is giving away over £1million to help charities change lives for the better. 

  2. 250 £1,000 grants were given away in June, a further 250 £1,000 grants were donated in September. £500,000 is being given in larger grants, followed by 120 £1,000 grants which will be given away in December. 

  3. 31 charities were chosen by a panel of judges to receive a share of £500,000 to be put towards the advancement of heritage and arts, education, rural and community, climate, human rights and equality. For more information visit