Vacancies at Cyril Wood Court

Vacancies at Cyril Wood Court

As many of you will know, we have a great working relationship with Cyril Wood Court, the accomodation site in Bere Regis, Dorset.

Cyril Wood Court is specifically for creatives, and here at the Fund we have nomination rights for potential residents. There are currently three vacancies up for grabs, should any eligibile PRS member be looking for a change of living, and be able or keen to move to Dorset.

Cyril Wood Court has a longstanding reputation for being a creative hub for older or less able people, providing a productive living space for songwriters, composers, musicians, writers, painters and crafts-people, in surroundings especially designed to suit their interests.

The housing itself comprises of 24 self-contained flats, each with their own living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom for those over 55 years of age.  Other key features include a community room, laundry facilities and communal gardens. Surrounded by stunning countryside, Cyril Wood Court recently underwent an extensive redevelopment to provide modern, up to date accommodation and facilities.

On site there is a converted barn for practising arts, crafts and music as well as a community room for art exhibitions and musical performances. A large studio with ground floor space and individual work stations above with a small pottery adjacent to the studio. All areas are available for use – providing a truly inspirational facility.

For more information on the scheme and the services please contact us on fund@prsformusic.com, or call 020 37414067.

 

Cyril Wood OBE was a theatre producer and director, drama director of the BBC (West Region,) playwright and broadcaster. During his distinguished career Cyril Wood also founded and became the first Director of the South West Arts Association and helped to reconstitute the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

The Cyril Wood Memorial Trust was founded in 1976, with the original Trustees setting up a sheltered housing scheme, Cyril Wood Court, to provide accommodation for retired artists, writers, musicians and crafts-people.

Home Visits

 

We know every situation is different, and we find face-to-face meetings are an effective way to understand individual needs and offer the most relevant advice. We can arrange for our advisers to make home visits to discuss your circumstances, and advise on your benefit entitlements and ways in which the Fund can help.

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Debt Management Advice

 

We can also refer you to specialist money advisers for help with managing debts and reducing monthly expenditure.

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Short-term Loans

 

We can give short-term loans to members who have an unexpected financial crisis. We assess your circumstances to agree an amount and a timescale for paying it back.

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Regular Financial Assistance

 

We can arrange for regular small grants (up to £20 a week) to help members who are receiving benefits but still aren’t able to maintain basic standards of living. We can also help pay for things like telephone and TV rental and licence, gas and heating bills.

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One-off Grants

 

We are able to provide one-off grants in the case of unexpected crisis, and well as to elderly or disabled members who are finding it difficult to meet their living costs despite receiving all the benefits they are entitled to. It might be for anything from essential property repairs to replacing a broken fridge.

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Specialist Health Assessments

 

Together with our partners the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), we provide a free and confidential medical service specially tailored to performers experiencing work-connected health problems.

BAPAM have in-depth understanding of the kind of physical and psychological problems that performing artists may experience and have been providing specialist diagnostic assessments to people in the music industry for the last 25 years.

BAPAM doesn’t deal with emergencies and isn’t a general medical service, but every appointment involves a thorough evaluation, practical advice and tips, and a referral for further treatment if it’s required.

A free diagnostic appointment with BAPAM is the gateway to understanding the problem, and a genuine chance to getting on the road to recovery.

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Sheltered Accommodation

 

In some circumstances we are able to help members find sheltered accommodation. This is arranged in association with Cyril Wood Court in Bere Regis, Dorset.

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Career Coaching

 

Do you need a change of career? Perhaps a change from songwriting or composing, or work that runs alongside it? We have two career coaches who work in different ways. If you would like a referral, please get in touch with us.

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Make a Donation

 

You can make one-off donation or set up a regular monthly gift simply and securely at justgiving.com/prsformusic or send a cheque payable to “PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund” at 2 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.

Don’t forget if you’re a UK tax payer, we can receive an extra 28p from the Inland Revenue for every £1 you donate. Please tick the Gift Aid box when making an online donation on JustGiving or download the Gift Aid Form and send it to us with your cheque.

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Donate Copyright and Royalties

 
It is because of members who bequeath us their PRS payments, royalties and copyrights, that we can be there to support members who need our help. If these are made a Gift of Will, they will be exempt from Inheritance Tax. We recommend that you ask a solicitor for advice and we have produced will drafting notes to help you. Alternatively you can donate a percentage of your PRS royalties at each PRS distribution. If you’d like to do this please download the PRS royalties form and your donations will start from the next PRS distribution.

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Leave a Legacy

 

You can either leave a residuary legacy or a pecuniary legacy.

A residuary legacy is what is left of your estate after tax, expenses and other legacies have been paid. You can leave a percentage of your residuary legacy to the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund. A pecuniary legacy is a fixed sum of money that may decrease in value over time.

You can make a new Will or change your existing Will at any point, and we recommend that you ask a solicitor for advice. We have produced will drafting notes to help you.

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