Having just started work with ecoACTIVE our first task was to work with them on an application to fund a Green Mentor who will work with young people in Hackney and Newham – supporting them to become involved in environmental projects in their communities. We have been successful and the grant is for £36,000 over two years. The Green mentor helps develop young people who themselves then support involvement from other young people and their communities in a ripple effect. Not a shabby start to our work with ecoACTIVE!
We’re thrilled to be able to work with ecoACTIVE in East London – they work with young people and communities through Forest Schools, community gardens and workshops on a range of environmental issues such as reducing plastic, air pollution, sustainability and much, much more. It was a quick start to our work as they needed immediate support with an application to the Green Mentors scheme – fingers crossed!
Applying through the Covid focussed funding programme we have secured £11,500 to pay for the vital Activities Co-ordinator for 6 months. This work is crucial in that the residents (who have learning disabilities as well as physical issues) need support to relax, enjoy new activities and let off steam! Kevin, the Activities Organiser, really gets the residents involved in singing and music and is a Big Hit with everyone there. We are grateful for the active support of the North West funding officer at the Lottery as she really gave 100% encouragement to Stanley Grange.
It’s great to get a grant of £20,000 for Otley Action – this goes towards their capital campaign to refurbish their premises in the centre of Otley – making it into a modern Hub supporting older people and the wider community for decades to come. This grant helps bring the totals raised to over £300,000 and the work starts very soon!
The Manningham Project mostly supports people from the Asian community, as well as people from Eastern Europe. As restrictions have eased many are approaching the Project for advice and support due to loss of income, accessing benefits and other significant issues – having been unable to properly support many people over the phone. We have worked with this excellent organisation to gain a grant of £20,000 from the National Community Lottery. We are also working to help them develop an ‘Agent of Change’ way of supporting people – so that clients are empowered to solve more for themselves rather than having ‘experts’ do it for them. Watch this space!