Our Grants and Social Value Officer Janette Vizard has had a busy year. She has been successful in applying for over £263,615 in grants so far and these have been distributed around the communities we serve. They have enabled us to fund:-
- New kitchens, toilets, CCTV cameras and roll up room shutters for Brockworth Community Library.
- A new delivery vehicle for Furniture Recycling Project (FRP).
- Riser recliners to help those leaving hospital.
- Health and safety training for charity staff, woodworking and electrical equipment and IT sessions.
- Core funding (salaries and utility bills – many charities).
- Weekly children’s play sessions (under 5’s) and holiday play schemes (under 10’s), weekly play and stay sessions for mums and tots.
- Children’s play equipment, outside overhead canopy for children to enjoy and table tennis tables for local schools.
- Regular youth work sessions (11+) across the county (including drumming sessions, wall climbing, graffiti workshops, film director workshops, glow sports, martial arts classes.
- Eight soft bowls sets and a couple of table tennis sets so all our elderly residents can socialise and play indoors throughout the winter.
- A patio and garden furniture for Lanes Court.
- Monthly tea dances in Winchcombe.
- IPads and training for Tynings Court and Atherton Close.
Four of our retirement schemes now have their own constitutions and they have been able to bid for various items including a get together for all in February with a 1950’s theme. The residents have set up committees and they are now actively deciding on what is needed in their own communities.
For individual tenants struggling with finances, we have assisted with carpets, furniture, training courses and school uniforms.
- We are training Grants officers/Project Managers in Gloucester, Brockworth, Churchdown, Winchcombe and Priors Park and Ellie Brookes (our housing apprentice, left, with Janette) has now been successful with her first two bids.
- We are actively working with Alderman Knight and Tewkesbury School on grants applications, business development and careers advice. We are also offering apprenticeships and work experiences for local students.
- And for free – we have assisted with free passes to the Roses Theatre for some our schemes residents, training courses on Mental Health First Aid and training on Dementia for some of our scheme managers.
- New planters are currently being made (from funding with the Furniture Recycling Project) for one of our schemes and the Jubilee Centre at Priors Park Neighbourhood Project is being given a lick of paint.
- The job club at the Priors Park Neighbourhood Project is going well, with numbers increasing every week.
- Our charity partners have also supported SVHS tenants by providing free and discounted sports sessions in the holidays (Brockworth), discounted pantomime tickets (Churchdown) and free drama and library sessions during the school holidays (Northway and Priors Park).
- We were also able to support Brockworth Community Library with their nomination for an award. They received a runner up prize of £1000 from Anne Robinson (from The Weakest Link).