People's Health Trust

Who they support

The charity make grants to charities and community groups within defined and published geographical areas across England, Scotland and Wales for the purpose of supporting greater health equity. The core principles behind our actions are that where a person lives should not unfairly reduce the length of that person?s life, or the quality of their health.

  • The average annual spending of grantees has been £3 million
  • The average age of charities supported has been years.

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Charity registered in England & Wales, No: 1125537
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Analysis of Grants Made
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In this period 467 donations have been made totalling £9,045,348 to 413 organisations

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Growth in Spending
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Main Overlaps with other Grant Makers ?
By ValueBy Number
The National Lottery Community Fund 55% 53%
DCMS 19% 18%
Co-operative Group 18% 13%
BBC Children in Need 17% 15%
Garfield Weston Foundation 17% 14%
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales 15% 15%
The National Lottery Heritage Fund 12% 10%
The Henry Smith Charity 11% 12%
City Bridge Trust 11% 8%
The Tudor Trust 10% 7%
Sole supporter: 41% by number, 38% by value.
Individual Grants Made
When Amount Annual
Spending
Grantee To be used for
27/09/2023 £18,808 £332,140 BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN HEALTHY LIVING This one-year project tackles health inequalities in relation to respiratory diseases through the creation of a resident led Citizen’s Jury. The Jury works with key local partners and stakeholders from the statutory, private sector and voluntary sector to understand the reasons for the health inequalities they face with regard to respiratory diseases and to coproduce system changes in order to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.
27/09/2023 £50,000 £1,499,627 EDBERTS HOUSE This 14-month project supports Edberts House to pilot and test the new Integrated Neighbourhood Teams (INT) model being proposed by NHS England (NHSE) in East Gateshead. The model puts local people and community connecting places at the centre of neighbourhood systems and encourages all local services to work collaboratively at place. The Edberts House Chief Officer is the named sponsor of the INT in Gateshead and is working alongside the Director of Place, Director of Adult Social Care, and Head of Operations at the Hospital Trust to test this approach to tackling health inequalities in the area. This project is gathering initial community feedback and preparing for roll out in 2025, with the pilot in East Gateshead potentially serving as a good practice example for other areas.
27/09/2023 £49,922 COMMUNITY RENEWAL TRUST This 14-month project focuses on strategic influencing that can improve health outcomes for the Roma Community in Scotland. The project is continuing to influence relevant strategy and policy at a national level, as well establishing a cross party group on Scottish (European) Roma Communities. The project seeks to widen engagement with the Roma community across Scotland and also seeks to continue to build the capacity of its local base and organisation, Rom Romeha.
27/09/2023 £30,000 JUSTICE PRINCE CIC This one-year project aims to support and further strategic development for Justice Prince, thus increasing the organisation’s ability to influence and improve health outcomes for local people who experience the greatest health inequalities. Justice Prince will undertake strategic power analysis of NHS and place-based structures and local government structures, including regional structures emerging through the new North of Tyne Combined Authority in the North East. They will engage in strategic partnership working and networks to advance their work on tackling health inequalities, aiming to actively engage and amplify the voices of residents in these spaces.
26/09/2023 £8,604 £9,674,001 CITIZENS UK CHARITY This 21-month project works with social and private tenants, with a particular focus on communities experiencing racial inequity, living in Ely, Cardiff. Accommodation is old and in need of repair, with mould and damp causing physical and mental health concerns. There are long wait times for urgent repairs, a lack of accountability from landlords when repairs were reported, and no avenue for tenants to lodge concerns. The project is supporting a tenant action team to build knowledge, voice and power and influence landlords to improve local housing conditions in ways that can ultimately improve health outcomes for tenants.
26/09/2023 £8,831 £1,499,627 EDBERTS HOUSE This 21-month project works to amplify the voice of private sector tenants living in an inner-city area of Gateshead, Tyneside. Much of the local private housing stock in the area is in a poor state of repair, with the key issues being damp, mould and absent landlords. As a result, tenants struggle with asthma, overcrowding, stress and anxiety. This project is working to establish a permanent channel for landlords, local government, regulators, and elected representatives to hear from marginalised tenants about the housing issues they are facing, in order to achieve change and ultimately improve their health. The project also enables tenants to develop their social connections through social activity, and exchange experiences and ideas with others in their neighbourhood and beyond.
26/09/2023 £8,715 COMMUNITY RENEWAL TRUST This 21-month project works with private and social tenants living in Govanhill, Glasgow, with a particular focus on the Roma population, to improve the quality and appropriateness of social and private housing in the area. Tenants are living in properties which are over-crowded, damp, draughty, and uninsulated, causing respiratory issues, particularly amongst children. Housing is also insecure, causing stress and anxiety. Many tenants face language and literacy barriers and discrimination, which inhibits them from exercising their rights. The project is creating an online, reporting mechanism for tenants to upload evidence of their housing issues, which are reviewed by a Housing Panel comprised of Roma and non-Roma tenants, social landlords, housing experts and the Govanhill Law Centre. The Housing Panel meets every two months to agree strategies to resolve persistent issues, such as lobbying social landlords, meeting with councillors, or reporting to the Housing Tribunal. It is also developing a housing charter, aiming to influence the Glasgow City Council Housing Committee and the Scottish Parliament Housing and Planning Committee and ultimately see improvements in housing conditions that support improved health.
26/09/2023 £7,363 LIVING RENT This 21-month project supports social tenants in the area of Knightswood, a suburban neighbourhood in North West Glasgow, to come together to understand their rights, organise to address specific housing situations they face, improve their confidence to make change happen, and grow a lasting neighbourhood housing union. With a particular focus on older people, parents and refugees, the project is working to address mould and damp in homes, which causes physical health issues, notably COPD and asthma; improve the physical features of homes to enable accessibility (broken lifts, walls, and water issues); address energy efficiency issues, which directly impact physical, mental and economic health; and improve tenants' mental health, notably anxiety, stress and sense of isolation. By taking action to address housing issues together, tenants will have better health outcomes and a greater sense of having a say in their community. Regular activities include outreach sessions (door knocking, hosting stalls), one-to-ones and training to enable leadership development, negotiations, communications, and meeting with decision-makers (including landlords, local authorities and MSPs). Campaigning activities are participant led, with stakeholders including the social landlord Wheatley Homes, which manages the majority of the social housing in the area.
26/09/2023 £8,174 LIVING RENT This 21-month project supports social tenants in Lochend, Restalrig and Craigentinny, some of the oldest council estates in Edinburgh, to come together to understand their rights, organise to address specific housing situations they face, improve their confidence regarding making change happen, and grow a lasting neighbourhood housing union. With a particular focus on families and people who are carers the project is working to address mould and damp in homes, which causes physical health issues, notably COPD and asthma; improve the physical features of homes to enable accessibility (broken lifts, walls, and water issues); and improve tenants' mental health, notably anxiety, stress and sense of isolation. By taking action to address housing issues together, tenants will have better health outcomes and a greater sense of having a say in their community. Regular activities include outreach sessions (door knocking, hosting stalls), one-to-ones and training to enable leadership development, negotiations, communications, and meeting with decision-makers (including landlords, local authorities and MSPs). Campaigning activities are participant led, with stakeholders including Edinburgh City Council, which manages the majority of the social housing in the area.
26/09/2023 £8,639 THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS FOR REFORM NOW LTD. (ACORN) This 21-month project works with private and social tenants living on the Holme Wood estate in Bradford. Housing stock on the estate is in a poor state of repair with main issues being damp and mould. Residents struggle to get essential repairs carried out by landlords. As a result, residents experience respiratory conditions as well as stress and anxiety. The project works through a community organising approach, building a group of 40 tenants-volunteers (some of whom will be trained to become case workers) and supporting other residents on a one to one basis with housing issues. The group is democratic and comprised of local people from Holme Wood, equipped with the knowledge and confidence to advocate for their rights and improve the homes and health of their community.
26/09/2023 £8,691 THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS FOR REFORM NOW LTD. (ACORN) This 21-month project works with social and private tenants living in Knowle West, Bristol. Housing in the area is in a poor state of repair with main issues being damp and mould caused by energy inefficiency, which causes respiratory conditions. Ongoing lack of improvements to housing conditions, rising rents and, in the private sector, threat of eviction cause stress and anxiety. Energy inefficiency in the cost of living crisis increases poor mental health. The project works through a community organising approach, building a group of 40 tenants-volunteers (some of whom will be trained to become case workers) and supporting other residents on a one to one basis with housing issues. The group is democratic and comprised of local people from Knowle West, equipped with the knowledge and confidence to advocate for their rights and improve the homes and health of their community.
26/09/2023 £8,691 THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS FOR REFORM NOW LTD. (ACORN) This 21-month project works with social and private tenants living in Splott and Adamsdown, Cardiff. Housing in the area is in a poor state of repair with main issues being damp and mould caused by energy inefficiency, which causes respiratory conditions. Ongoing lack of improvements to housing conditions, rising rents and, in the private sector, threat of eviction cause stress and anxiety. Energy inefficiency in the cost of living crisis increases poor mental health. The project works through a community organising approach, building a group of 30 tenants-volunteers (some of whom will be trained to become case workers) and supporting other residents on a one to one basis with housing issues. The group is democratic and comprised of local people from the area, equipped with the knowledge and confidence to advocate for their rights and improve the homes and health of their community.
26/09/2023 £8,639 LEEDS MUSLIM YOUTH FORUM This 21-months project supports and increases the involvement of refugees living in social and privately rented accommodation in Harehills, an inner-city part of Leeds, in collective action aimed at achieving equitable housing outcomes that meet their needs. Harehills has densely packed and terraced housing and the highest proportion of people from minoritised communities in the city, who often live in sub-standard private rented accommodation leading to poor mental and physical health. With a particular focus on younger people, the project supports participants to become organised and increase their voice, raise confidence and improve knowledge on housing rights. This is achieved through a tenants’ steering group, monthly forums to identify tenants’ needs and issues, training community champions who will provide information for others, the scaling up of the tenants association and quarterly round tables bringing together tenants and decision-makers. The tenants group will be responsible for taking the lead on developing local action around housing and health in Harehills. The project aims to work closely with housing and health agencies to collectively prioritise and address the housing issues contributing to high rates of lung cancer, deaths from preventable causes, coronary heart disease, and deaths from respiratory diseases in the area.
26/09/2023 £8,749 CARIBBEAN & AFRICAN HEALTH NETWORK This 21-month project seeks to establish a Black-led tenants pressure group aimed at addressing challenges faced by Black Caribbean and African private tenants in Gorton, Manchester. These tenants experience discrimination and unequal treatment in the housing market, cold and damp is a common complaint and cause respiratory conditions such as asthma and heart related problems across all age groups. Many families are living in intergenerational households where there is overcrowding, which can lead to a spread of infection, to stress, anxiety, and sleep deprivation, which all negatively impact on physical and mental health. The group is seeking to hold private landlords to account and bring about changes in policy and practice to improve housing conditions and the health of private tenants, conducting an initial community needs assessment with local volunteers in order to define the specific changes to be addressed.
22/09/2023 £15,075 AFRICAN LANARKSHIRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH This one-year project in Carfin, Cleekhimin and Motherwell provides a youth club for families with children aged 5-12 from African communities, who are white Scottish and refugees. The project aims to improve the well-being of the children, build their confidence and self-esteem as well as reduce their food insecurity. It will also address the mental health of parents. Sessions include disco dance, soft play and art and craft.
18/09/2023 £35,500 £269,273 FEARON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION LTD This two-year project is an extension of the existing young people’s gaming group run by Fearon Community Association for people who are autistic or neurodiverse. It will take place weekly in the ballroom at Fearon Hall and includes spaces for computer gaming, chess playing, group board games and a quiet, safe space for participants needing some time out. The individuals attending the project struggle to make and maintain friendships. The group will be supported by two freelance workers and three volunteers, who are existing participants. The project aims to provide social opportunities in a safe, calm environment that meets the sensory needs of the group.
18/09/2023 £9,210 VIBRANT WARSOP COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY This two-year project is for local residents from Warsop, including families and older people. The group meets at the Vibrant Venue, in Warsop, an ex-mining village in Nottinghamshire. The project aims to bring the community together to learn to sing and play musical instruments, build confidence, have fun and socialise. They do this through weekly singing and music sessions and larger community events.
18/09/2023 £19,450 NORTH WINGFIELD COMMUNITY ALLOTMENT This two-year project is open to all members of the community in North Wingfield and surrounding villages. The project benefits all community members who are interested in nature or gardening and those who are at risk of social isolation and experiencing low mood. The aim is to open the space for community members to socialise together, with the garden and nature being the vehicle which brings people in. Activities include weekly environmental gardening, allotment maintenance skills, nature connection and arts and crafts.
18/09/2023 £11,026 £230,368 SUPPORT NORTHAMPTONSHIRE This two-year project supports Asian residents in Corby and Wellingborough who are aged over 35 and mainly from the Indian community speaking Gujarati, Hindi and Punjabi. The project aims to improve wellbeing and build social connections among Asian communities, as well as foster digital inclusion for them to access other support services. The project will organise culturally appropriate online sessions, digital inclusion sessions, swimming, walking and talking groups and trips.
18/09/2023 £11,871 DEDICATED (EAST MIDLANDS) COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY This two-year project supports disabled young people aged 13 to 24 in the area of Mansfield. The project aims to provide inclusive leisure and social activities for them and develop their music-making skills. The project provides weekly sessions for them to produce music or podcasts.
18/09/2023 £39,631 HONEY HOPE FARM COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY This two-year project for people experiencing mental health problems and recovering from drug addiction is based in the small ex-mining town of Little Eaton. Participants come from the town and surrounding villages. The project, which is an extension and expansion of existing delivery, aims to nurture participants and enable them to access services through partnership working with social prescribers, link workers and Occupational Therapists, as well as by growing their support groups. Activities include equine connection work, bushcraft days, a field archery group, goat trekking, mindful walking group and 1:1 green connection therapy.
12/09/2023 £12,000 £208,298 HAYAAT WOMEN TRUST This two-year project for African women and girls in Cardiff, provides professional and peer support around mental health and improving wellbeing. The group hosts confidence boosting, uplifting activities, outings, and weekly group sessions with bi-lingual professionals and peers. The overall aim is to support a positive mindset and collective encouragement to talk openly about issues that concern the women and girls in a safe and friendly environment with professional support.
12/09/2023 £11,979 £40,905 PENTREBANE ZONE This two-year project in the Pentrebane area of Cardiff, aims to develop lifelong skills and confidence in the local young people by providing weekly activity sessions, outings and events. Sessions will focus on a variety of topics, including developing problem solving and communication skills, volunteering and training opportunities to provide young people with a voice in the community, cookery, careers advice and more.
12/09/2023 £10,901 TILLERY ACTION FOR YOU LTD This two-year project works with community members from the small village of Aberbeeg within the county of Blaenau Gwent. Although local residents have come together for some time in the community centre, this project is an opportunity for them to develop the outdoor gardens, planting area and small woodland areas for wellbeing and to provide a community space. The finished gardens include raised beds for accessible planting as well space for vegetables and herbs for local residents to share and help towards the rising cost of living. Within the small woodland area is a space for break out and educational areas.
12/09/2023 £3,011 BARC (BRIDGEND ADULT RESOURCE CENTRE) COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTRE This two-year project delivers money management and advice sessions at a community centre in Bridgend, south Wales. The project aims to bring together local residents struggling with the cost of living to support each other and form social connections while learning new budgeting and money management skills from a specialist, thereby increasing their control over their situations. Sessions are weekly during daytime and once a month in the evenings, and there are appointments available for one-to-one support.
12/09/2023 £5,342 COMMUNITY HONEYCOMB CIC This two-year project provides a weekly 'stay and play' session at the Grange Pavilion in Grangetown in Cardiff. The session provides a space where local families can borrow toys and come together and play in a relaxed, friendly environment. The intention is to enable local families to come together and reduce any isolation that they may be experiencing.
12/09/2023 £4,416 MADE WITH LOVE ACTIVITY GROUP This 18-month project delivers a weekly cooking group for older women in Grangetown, Cardiff. The project aims to foster social connections between participants and enable them to overcome any isolation they may be experiencing.
12/09/2023 £11,355 £81,853 NEWPORT YEMINI COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION (NYCA) This two-year project provides weekly drop-in youth clubs for children and young people aged 5 to 24, living in Pillgwenlly, Newport. Sessions are themed and tailored, and the young people through the youth steering group are central to the delivery and programme of activities. Participants can discuss topics that interest them most, make friends and meet other young people from different cultures.
12/09/2023 £11,842 PENTREF TYLERI CBC This 18-month project focusses on a communal wood fired oven in the garden next to community cafe in Cwmtyleri, in Blaenau Gwent. Residents in the village can attend guided sessions to learn new healthy cooking skills, including making bread, sharing recipes and learning about the community heritage. Participants are able to socialise and make new friends in their community and are engaged in the development of new ideas and projects based around the oven.
12/09/2023 £10,510 SHIFT TOGETHER CIC This 15-month project brings together residents of all ages in the Rhonnda area in the South Wales Valleys experiencing poor mental health or isolation. It addresses the issues of poor mental health and the cost of living crisis by creating a hub and a mobile outreach service where the community will meet to cook and share affordable meals while learning about good nutrition and discussing mental health and wellbeing issues. Preparing and cooking food together helps participants build social connections and provide the enabler for delivering wellbeing support.
12/09/2023 £10,767 £41,882 THE BIRTH PARTNER PROJECT This two-year project aims to reduce isolation experienced by people seeking asylum and refugees who arrive in the UK by bringing together pregnant and new mum refugees and people seeking asylum in Cardiff. Weekly drop-in sessions provide peer-led activities such as yoga and creative activities, hot meals, food bank vouchers, information from partner organisations and referral support. In addition, there is outreach support to address other issues affecting the participants.
12/09/2023 £4,460 PEMBROKESHIRE WEIGHTLIFTING This 24-month project supports residents aged 60–80 in areas of Haverfordwest who are affected by the cost of living crisis and have mental health issues or low levels of social activity. The project aims to tackle loneliness among older people, increase participant health, fitness, wellbeing and confidence and promote fall prevention. Activities include physical training sessions which are modified to suit older people, incorporating light strength, resistance and conditioning training.
12/09/2023 £12,000 LLWYNHENDY AND PEMBERTON FORUM This two-year project is for residents of all ages in the villages of Llwynhendy and Pemberton in Carmarthenshire. It aims to improve mental wellbeing by providing opportunities for social connections at a free community hub every week. The hub will include entertainment, bingo, hot drinks, squash and food for everyone in the local community and local charities and the Local Authority will provide regular information and advice sessions. Transport is provided, to remove potential access barriers and enable everyone to attend.
12/09/2023 £11,715 HORN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (CIC) A two-year project offering refugees and people seeking asylum in Wales a chance to meet a community of people with shared experience of migration who are able to share knowledge of living in Wales. The project offers weekly sessions with food, training, sport, volunteering, mentoring, support, outdoor activities and workshops, as well as opportunities to integrate with the wider community. By sharing a joint space and engaging in fun learning experiences, the aim is to foster new friendships and understanding while allowing participants to take charge of project development.
06/09/2023 £9,990 THE BIPOLAR LIFT CIC This two-year project runs fortnightly group peer support, social and information sessions for people with bipolar, their family and friends from Mansfield and the surrounding areas to reduce isolation and provide advice. Sessions will include social time, talks and training and occasional walks and trips. Weekly online sessions are provided for those with mobility issues.
30/08/2023 £11,916 THE BROCK GARDEN CENTRE SCIO This two-year project works with people in West Lothian (mainly Bathgate and surrounding rural areas) who have chronic mental health conditions. The aim of the project is to establish a programme of meaningful daily engagement activities in a safe and non-judgemental space, to enable people with chronic mental health conditions to come together, build relationships and reduce social isolation. Daily sessions will initially include art, creative writing, music (discussion), gardening, history, a women's group, and a walking group.
02/08/2023 £9,023 BELVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN TRUST This two-year project in Greenock provides regular sessions for people of all ages around a newly established community orchard and redeveloped community garden beds, including accessible beds. Weekly community allotment sessions allow participants to garden together and share materials and expertise. Monthly intergenerational activities and workshops provide education and social opportunities and enable children and their parents/carers to engage in forest play and bug hunting. The project aims to build personal and collective resilience, reduce social isolation, improve community wellbeing, and encourage skills and knowledge sharing.
02/08/2023 £39,952 PLAYPEACE SCIO This is a two-year project in North Lanarkshire that provides activities for families with children and young people with additional support needs aged 0 - 18 who experience a lack of support and strong feelings of powerless and loneliness. The project aims to reduce their social isolation by providing a safe environment with the option of free play and addressing the difficulties families experience in accessing days out. Sessions include regular family play sessions, seasonal-themed events and outings.
02/08/2023 £19,607 HOY & WALLS COMMUNITY GARDEN This two-year project provides regular weekly and monthly activities as well as summer activities and events at new community garden on the island of Hoy in the Orkneys in Scotland. It is open to the whole community, with a particular focus on creating more social connections and improving participants’ mental health. Activities include environmental and sustainable horticulture and composting activities for everyone- with opportunities for experienced gardeners to pass on their knowledge, social and therapy sessions for patients, well-being sessions for anyone in the community, plant and seed swaps, bug hunts for school children, community 'get togethers' for fund raising and socialisation. The garden also provides access to outside spaces for isolated residents. Overall, the project aims to help support the local community with the social and financial issues they are experiencing which have increased since COVID and led to higher incidents of mental health problems and depopulation.
02/08/2023 £5,654 ABILITY SHETLAND This two-year project delivers three sports clubs for disabled children and adults living in Shetland. The project aims to build social connections and improve confidence and wellbeing amongst participants by taking part in weekly sessions of boccia and badminton and fortnightly wheelchair basketball. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a peer or family member to promote inclusion, and there will be competitions in all three activities, with opportunities to take part in competitions either locally or further afield, outside of Shetland.
02/08/2023 £11,999 HOY YOUTH HUB This two-year project continues to deliver and expand a youth club on the island of Hoy in Orkney. Benefiting children and young people of all ages as well as parents, the youth club aims to promote participants’ social development and provide them with a space to call their own, such that they feel more connected with the island and its community. Activities include a mother and toddler group, homework group and weekly sessions for various age groups with activities such as sports, football, board and video games, arts and crafts and beauty therapy. Free door-to-door transport is provided so that all can attend, and the group hopes to purchase its own building during the project in order to provide a permanent venue and to deliver a further expanded range of activities.
02/08/2023 £15,756 FLOTTA MENS SHED AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION This one year project will build Polycrubs to enable residents living in Flotta island, Orkney to learn to grow certain fruit and vegetables, which cannot be grown outdoors due to the weather. Once built, there will be monthly activities led by experienced Polycrub volunteer mentor. The group’s Mens Shed will also holds its meetings in the Polycrub until a Mens Shed is built, and the Mens Shed participants will build the wooden boxes for residents to grow produce.
02/08/2023 £11,548 YM EMPOWER This two-year project by YM Empower involves the charity running its lunch clubs and community cafe providing the local community of the island of Hoy, part of the Orkney Islands, nourishing food at an affordable price as well as the opportunity to meet up with other local people. The aim is to provide a place where people can gather to reduce social isolation and loneliness and improve their wellbeing. YM Empower will also offer its community hall for groups to use with activities that enhance both physical and mental wellbeing and covering all age groups.
02/08/2023 £11,417 FLOURISHING FAIFLEY This two-year project delivers a broad range of existing recreational and social activities as well as additional activities in Faifley, an estate on the edge of the town of Clydebank in West Dunbartonshire. The programme aims to target those who live alone, people who are socially isolated, and new parents who are struggling by providing a welcoming space where they can build social connections and community cohesion through shaping the activities.
02/08/2023 £11,998 £132,274 VIP ARTS & SPORTS ACADEMY This two-year project offers a range of activities for residents of the Fallside estate in Bellshill, a small town in North Lanarkshire. The aim is to bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy activities in order to gain skills, build social connections, bridge generational and territorial divides and build community spirit. Existing activities include cookery, including time to cook and eat together, fitness classes, arts and crafts, computer skills, board games and sessions to bring younger and older people together to socialise; new activities include gardening, horse riding and swimming.
06/07/2023 £13,859 COMMUNITY RENEWAL TRUST This four-month project supports the continuation of community action on the social determinants of health in Muirhouse, Edinburgh. Specifically, it will support the development of a community garden to promote mental wellbeing and enable food growing for residents. It will also provide ongoing support to build the sustainability of the Fidra Court Kitchen, a local initiative providing food and a supportive space for residents living on the estate, particularly those who live in the Fidra Court tower block. Finally, via a sub-grant to Muirhouse Youth Development Group, it supports young people to campaign for improvements to their local environment, seeking action on their priorities from decision-makers.
23/09/2022 £0 HOME ON THE RANGE This two-year project delivers creative equine therapy for young people aged 13-18 from County Durham with anxiety. It aims to improve their emotional wellbeing and resilience and support their mental health. Activities support young people to learn new skills and come together with their peers who may be facing similar challenges.
15/09/2022 £0 £56,856 DEAF WORLD The two-year project delivers practice sessions to prepare for the Cricket season for Deaf and hard of hearing young people aged 11-25 years from the Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities community and as part of the development of a cricket club for deaf players. Facilitated by qualified coaches and a BSL interpreter, the team will prepare to play in a competitive league by the 2023 season. Initiated by young people, the project supports members who are likely to experience isolation, poor mental health, low levels of confidence and self-esteem by bringing them together to build stronger social connections and address issues that affect their well-being.
12/09/2022 £6,336 £165,285 SAMEE This one-year project facilitates a job club delivering employability skills training to 12 unemployed residents from the Somerford Estate, Christchurch. It provides participants with peer support and skills to get into employment, including CV writing and interview skills. At the end of the project the aim is for participants to continue facilitating the job club independently.
12/09/2022 £0 £22,607 COMMUNITY REGENERATION OUTREACH PROJECTS LTD (CROPS) A two-year project to set up a regular Men's Shed project for older men in Keyham, a Victorian-built area of Plymouth. Taking place in the gardens and shed of the Keyham Green Places community centre, it offers a dedicated space where men can socialise and take part in creative abilities. Participants are mainly older men, widowers who live alone and are no longer employed. Activities are selected by participants who will be encouraged to develop their skills and to follow hobbies of their choice and eventually lead all parts of the project.
06/09/2022 £0 THE SIDEWALK YOUTH ORGANISATION This two-year project provides a weekly meeting space for young parents aged up to 20 and their children. Sessions include peer support, space to play, toy and resource swaps, refreshments, laptops and advice to access additional support. The aim of the project is to provide meeting space for young parents and their children to share peer support, access advice and address the prejudice they experience.
06/09/2022 £0 £62,037 WHISH- WHITBY HIDDEN IMPAIRMENTS SUPPORT & HELP A two-year project for families in Whitby which include a child with Hidden Impairments. Sessions are provided in a non-judgmental fun space where parents can share their experiences to support their mental health and well-being by coming together and supporting each other. Activities include horse riding, swimming, family craft sessions, community meals, film evenings, coffee and chat sessions and visits from external organisations, such as therapy dogs. There are also family trips out and an external space and sensory garden for families to contribute to and use. The project aims to support families to develop peer support networks and improve in confidence by broadening their experiences.
06/09/2022 £0 £59,871 AFRICAN CARIBBEAN ACHIEVEMENT PROJECT (ACAP) A two-year project providing a safe space for Black women (age 25+) in Bradford to come together twice weekly to build new friendships, improve their social connections and benefit from opportunities to build their knowledge and skills. Activities include therapeutic arts and crafts, yoga, self-care, walking and outdoor exercise in local parks. Participants are co-creators, able to make decisions about the project, which helps them build the confidence needed to participate in wider community activities outside the project.
06/09/2022 £0 £124,010 BD4 COMMUNITY TRUST LTD This two-year project delivers Stay and Learn sessions for families of pre-school children in the Bowling area of Bradford. The idea has come from parents aiming to address the negative impact of poverty on healthy family interaction and wanting to learn how to support their children’s development. Parents will shape the project through formal and informal feedback.
06/09/2022 £0 COASTLINE SIGHT AND HEARING This two-year project provides a range of physical, social and emotional support groups for adults in Scarborough and surrounding areas who experience sight or hearing loss. The project will create a new community allotment and regular gardening club, a suite of physical activity and sports clubs such as cycling and archery, and a series of regular peer to peer support groups targeted towards newly diagnosed members.The project will address Individual and collective control (through participant involment in shaping the project) and social connections (through peer support and participating in activities).
06/09/2022 £0 CONNECTING ROMA C.I.C This two-year project brings together people from the Roma community in Bradford to take part in social activities to help counter social isolation and to improve their wellbeing and mental health awareness. A weekly session will offer the chance to come together over coffee or a light lunch, discuss shared experiences and find peer support, as well as take part in activities such as dance, IT and cooking. Trips out to local places, such as the park or library, or swimming, the cinema and heritage sites will support members to build the courage and knowledge to access local amenities, build independence and tackle cultural and language barriers.
06/09/2022 £0 £137,542 SAFETY FIRST COMMUNITY TRAINING CENTRE This two-year project offers a weekly women's social group for South Asian women living across Bradford. Participants are largely over 40, living alone and speak English as a second language. Each week they can attend one of the three weekly sessions, to socialise, take part in different activities, practice their English skills and build confidence through a support network. They also have the opportunity to go on day trips to local points of interest at different times of the year. The aims to provide a warm and friendly environment for these women to build their confidence and skills and make friends.
06/09/2022 £0 CREATIVE STROKE RECOVERY GROUP This two-year project provides weekly creative and arts activities for people from Bradford who have survived a stroke. The aim is to enable the participants to explore their creativity and, at the same time, to build their confidence and skills. In addition, the project seeks to encourage friendships among those taking part and thereby reduce any isolation they may be experiencing in their lives.
06/09/2022 £0 £410,454 E:MERGE (UK) COMPANY LTD This two-year project is an expansion of four social action groups for young people aged 11-18 in the BD4 area of Bradford who want to influence change in their community. The idea has come from feedback from young people who want to tackle larger, long-term issues such as environmental campaigns, food issues, meeting local politicians and starting activities for children in addition to litter picking, community fun days and volunteering.
06/09/2022 £0 £206,981 PCC ST JOHN'S BOWLING This two-year project provides activities for refugees and local people experiencing mental health issues living in and around East Bowling, Bradford. The project will add new regular sessions, such as a weekly arts and crafts session, weekly exercise class, and a bi-monthly culture café, to an existing programme of activities run out of St John’s Bowling Hub. It aims to bring people together to develop social networks, learn new skills and provide local support.
25/08/2022 £0 ARTICULATE CULTURAL TRUST (ACT) This 12-month project in Aberdeen brings together young people with experience of the care system to design and create a mural on a prominent city centre building, in collaboration with a graffiti artist KMGYeah. The idea was initially brought about by care-experienced young people and they will be involved in decision-making throughout; The project will develop social, creative and transferrable employability skills and will address a lack of visibility, voice and connectivity that these young people often feel due to repeated displacement and marginalisation.
09/08/2022 £10,620 £140,000 ALINGTON HOUSE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION This two-year project sets up a drama group for adults with learning disabilities in County Durham. The group will work towards two theatrical productions in the first year of the project and plans for the second year will be decided as the project progresses. Project participants will increase their confidence, learn new skills and build friendships.
09/08/2022 £9,927 £48,969 BLACK ETHNIC SKILLS & TRAINING INITIATIVES This 18-month project runs social groups for older people living across Newcastle and Gateshead who are also refugees, asylum seekers or migrants. Sessions are led by young women from this community, who are also local parents, and offer a chance to chat and practice English speaking, share skills and knowledge and offer intergenerational support and connections. There is a weekly conversation club, and another session focused around cooking and eating together. Feedback is gathered both formally and informally and participants have a chance to review and change activities.
09/08/2022 £10,070 INTEGRATION STATION CIC This two-year project provides weekly sessions where refugees can come together to meet, particularly older men of Kurdish origin from Syria and other countries who have been affected by loneliness and social isolation. The meetings include socialising together over a shared meal to encourage making links and new friendships. Participants wish to discuss issues which are important to them and to share experiences and information to help improve their lives. Each week there is a session helping participants to prepare for the Life in the UK Citizenship test. Participants choose what is discussed and have an opportunity to feedback on the project and improvements at every session.
09/08/2022 £8,828 INTEGRATION STATION CIC This two-year project provides a weekly social group for young male refugees from Eritrea living in Newcastle who can be vulnerable to self-harm and suicide. The group takes place on Friday evenings when people in Newcastle usually go out to the pubs and nightclubs and when participants can feel particularly lonely as due to cultural and financial barriers, they are not joining in the ‘party’. Sessions include traditional food and will be a space for participants to discuss any topics they choose, with the overarching aim of preventing suicide and self-harm and providing emotional peer support. The project is led by a steering group which will include participants.
09/08/2022 £11,916 JACK DRUM ARTS C.I.C This two-year project provides activities for young people aged 11-19 in Crook, County Durham. Sessions include a weekly Games Night providing a social space for young people to play board games, participate in drama and role-play activities, and work with guest artists. The project also offers termly youth-led trips to activities, conventions, and events, as well as a residential trip focusing on outdoor team building activities. The project’s aim is to build social connections between young people, providing a safe and secure environment for them to gather together, strengthen mental wellbeing and improve community cohesion. The project will be shaped and led by young people by a specially-established steering group and the organisation’s Youth Board.
09/08/2022 £0 TAVGA A two-year project creating weekly opportunities for refugee women of all ages in Newcastle and Gateshead to meet, chat and make friends. Sessions include a meal over which women make connections, offer peer support and share insights and information. Participants also take part in textile-based handicraft so they can learn new skills and make something tangible with cultural, religious, and economic significance. The finished products are donated to people in the community. Participants influence the development of the project through a dedicated steering group.
09/08/2022 £0 £14,809 CROSSINGS COMMUNITY GROUP This 18-month project runs weekly music groups for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers living across the Newcastle and Gateshead area. Participants have the shared experience of starting over whilst establishing their lives in the North East. Many continue to experience insecure situations and feelings of being socially isolated. Through music and peer support, participants are coming together to rebuild a sense of community and belonging. Weekly sessions are for a keyboard group, Ensemble group and women's choir. This is a co-productive group, and feedback is shared and used to develop programmes on an ongoing basis through informal discussions at sessions.
09/08/2022 £0 £120,957 FOUNDATION FUTURES CIO A two-year project offering wellness activities for local adults in the Pottery Bank area of Walker, a suburb of Newcastle, who are isolated, experiencing mental health issues or have medical conditions. Activities will include crafting, yoga, meditation and wellbeing walks, with participants leading on the planning and delivery of the project. Sessions will also include guided discussion, workshops on common difficulties such as managing stress, anxiety, depression and improving self-care and specialist therapy sessions including acupuncture, reflexology and nutrition. Participants can also take part in day-long training sessions to equip them with the skills and confidence to plan and deliver sessions.
09/08/2022 £0 JUST FOR WOMEN CENTRE CIC This 19-month project runs twice weekly craft sessions for female survivors of abuse and women experiencing mental health issues living in Stanley, County Durham. These craft therapy sessions offer women in Stanley a chance to connect with others sharing similar experiences, and talk about their issues in a safe environment with specialist workers. It also offers a chance to build confidence by learning new skills such as painting, drawing and crochet. Participants are able to shape the development of the project informally, during and after sessions.
09/08/2022 £0 £71,052 PENDOWER GOOD NEIGHBOUR PROJECT A two-year project bringing together adults and young people from the Pendower estate in Newcastle to socialise, strengthen their social links and plan activities together. The project emerged from existing participants proposing activities such as cookery, crafts, gardening activities and local history. Activities will also include accredited and non-accredited training, such as first aid or food hygiene, to help participants build confidence and skills and to eventually run events for the wider community.
08/08/2022 £7,584 ROMA RIGHT PATH PROJECT CIC This two-year project runs weekly sessions where participants from the Roma community, as well from Slovak, Czech and Romanian communities living in Newcastle come together to enjoy traditional food and discuss issues important to them, especially around employment and education. An advisory group, including participants, meets regularly to make suggestions on project planning and delivery.
18/07/2022 £8,953 £196,369 ACCESS DORSET LTD This two-year project is for disabled people in Bournemouth. It aims to improve social connections by creating social links, developing peer support opportunities and improving mental and physical health. It provides a series of social and vocational activities with a range of options including Pilates, yoga, walking, woodwork, gardening etc.
18/07/2022 £8,936 ACTS FAST This two-year project is for parents and carers from families who have been affected by childhood sexual abuse or who are indirect victims of indecent images in East Dorset. It aims to reduce isolation, loneliness and social stigma faced by this community. It provides three weekly peer support groups for participants to come together in a social spaces and take part in activities such as crafts, games, coffee and cake.
18/07/2022 £9,140 BEAF ARTS COMPANY LTD This two-year project is for refugees and asylum seekers in Bournemouth. It aims to improve social connections, reduce loneliness and improve health and wellbeing. It provides regular sessions in a safe space to give participants the change to make new friendships and take part in new creative workshops.
18/07/2022 £11,991 IGNITEYOU CIC This two-year project is for disabled children and young people in Redruth, Camborne and Penzance in Cornwall. It aims to build social connections among participants and facilitate new friendships. It provides weekly inclusive and accessible dance classes and movement to music classes.
18/07/2022 £8,920 £270,426 PEOPLE FIRST DORSET This two-year project is for adults with learning disabilities in Weymouth and Portland and Bridport. It aims to build social connections among participants, reducing the isolation they experience as well as building their employability skills. It provides fortnightly friendship clubs with activities chosen by participants such as quizzes, games, walks and dance sessions.
18/07/2022 £7,331 £131,000 RECREATE DORSET This two-year project is for young people, low income families and older people who live in the nearby shared ownership properties in Boscombe. It aims to strengthen social connections by developing the shared community garden space. It provides weekly meet ups at the garden to develop the space and work on new skills.
18/07/2022 £11,660 £255,247 TRAVELLERSPACE This two-year project is for Gypsy and Traveller people from St Day and Porthtowan in Cornwall. It enables local Gypsy and Traveller participants the opportunity to meet other people and improve social connections. It provides twice weekly drop-in groups for participants to see a friendly face, have some tea, chat through any problems, and participant in an activity such as health cooking, do a short course, use computers or get involved in a group activity.
18/07/2022 £7,949 £112,701 WATER LILY PROJECT This two-year project is for women from Bournemouth and Christchurch who have been affected by domestic violence. It aims to offer peer support in a safe and welcoming environment, enabling the women to build friendships, learn new skills, gain confidence and self-esteem and become part of a caring community with a sense of purpose. It provides weekly sessions of gardening and arts and crafts.
18/07/2022 £4,056 WE ARE AWARE CIC This one-year project is for people experiencing mental ill health in North Somerset. It aims to improve physical and mental health, routine, and social connections. It provides monthly yoga and other relaxation activities.
18/07/2022 £0 £540,031 THEATRE ORCHARD PROJECTS LTD This two-year project is for local people and young adult refugees in Weston-Super-Mare. It aims to provide local people with an opportunity to use their voices for change by using theatre techniques to creatively explore social issues that affect lived experience and to explore ways to include policymakers in this dialogue. It provides weekly theatre sessions and quarterly sessions to bring local people together with policy makers.
18/07/2022 £0 £90,242 HONICKNOWLE COMMNET LTD This two-year project is for parents and carers of children with disabilities in Plymouth. The aim is for the parents to provide support to each other and for connections to be built between them. It provides a programme of activities agreed by the participants.
06/07/2022 £0 £173,029 OUTHOUSE EAST This two-year project is for people from the LGBTQ+ community in Colchester. It aims to improve self-esteem, confidence and improve social connections through peer support groups. It provides a programme of weekly and monthly activities.
14/06/2022 £21,660 AFRICAN LANARKSHIRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH This one-year project is for young people of African origin in Lanarkshire. It aims to help participants overcome mental health concerns, low self-esteem and loneliness linked to isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides sessions twice a week for the group to work together to learn to play musical instruments and develop studio recording skills.
14/06/2022 £11,497 FINDING YOUR FEET This two-year project is for amputees living in Aberdeen, Fife and North Lanarkshire. It aims to support participants to share lived experiences, build friendships and improve wellbeing. It provides a mix of in person and online meet ups weekly to take park in social and physical activities.
14/06/2022 £9,000 GIVE A DOG A BONE... AND AN ANIMAL A HOME This two-year project is for residents in Alloa. It aims to improve social connection by providing daily drop-in tea and chat sessions and weekly activities such as yoga, Spanish, aromatherapy, disco etc.
14/06/2022 £8,942 LINTON LANE CENTRE This two-year project is for residents of Kirkcaldy. It aims to improve social connection by providing a programme of activities, including a lunch club, crafts and cookery sessions. The sessions bring people together three times a week, encouraging them to chat and support each other.
14/06/2022 £11,520 MYBUS C T LTD This two-year project is for older people or people with mobility issues who are isolated in Leven. It aims to improve social connections and reduce isolation by transporting participants weekly to a three course lunch followed by crafts, gardening, bingo and games.
14/06/2022 £6,904 NIFTY FIFTY'S This two-year project is for residents who are 50+ in Kirkwood and the nearby area. It aims to improve participants’ confidence and independence, reduce isolation, improve health & wellbeing and connectivity, and increase access to digital inclusion. It provides a range of classes such as tai chi, line dancing, meditation, and technology lessons weekly.
14/06/2022 £6,153 OCHIL YOUTHS COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT (OYCI) This 18-month project is for people aged 10-18 in Hillfoots, a number of rural villages in Clackmannanshire. It aims to empower young people and support wellbeing by enabling young people to use creative practices to develop ideas that improve their community and improve social connection. Providing a safe space, supportive staff and a creative environment, young people are able to design and then take out their ‘Artivism’ to a wider group, bringing people together by helping them get involved.
14/06/2022 £7,680 PLAY ALLOA This two-year project will provide activities for disabled adults from Clackmannanshire in Scotland. These include weekly indoor and outside physical activities, arts and crafts, and games. The project will allow established friendships to continue in a safe, accessible and supportive space, enabling them to socialise without their carers, thereby increasing their sense of independence and overall wellbeing.
14/06/2022 £10,535 ROOTS & RESILIENCE (SCIO) A two-year project providing therapeutically-informed experiences in nature for young people in Fife in Scotland who have experienced parental bereavement and their parent/carer. Monthly sessions will include time for family activities; time for parents to work alongside a qualified therapist and build a support network in a community of people who have had similar experiences; Time for Children and young people to participate in outdoor adventures and play, such as den building and making nature potions.
14/06/2022 £0 CLEAR BUCKHAVEN This two-year project is for resident in Methil, Fife. It aims to improve community spirit through practical improvements to the local environment. Various gardening activities will be held in the community garden weekly, as well as around the area, and they will run a range of arts and heritage activities.
10/05/2022 £8,821 £426,710 ABBERTON RURAL TRAINING This two-year project provides a community garden and orchard for the residents of the Melbourne Estate in Chelmsford, Essex. A new extended allotment site will be used to create a place where people can get together at least weekly to learn how to grow fruit and vegetables, meet other people, gain skills and social interaction without the commitment of having to take on a whole allotment themselves. The gardening activities help people to interact, be active and improve both mental and physical health.
10/05/2022 £3,646 £5,575 DOWNHAM DEMENTIA This two-year project, based in Downham Market, a market town in Norfolk, is an existing service providing an open cafe for people with dementia and their care givers to come together and make friends in a positive environment, tackling the social isolation that many people in these groups may experience. The café runs twice a week and participants can join in with a range of activities, or just sit and have a chat.
10/05/2022 £11,396 £144,851 IPSWICH COMMUNITY MEDIA AND LEARNING CIO This two-year project delivers term-time and summer holiday creative and mental health workshops for children and young people from Westgate Ward in Ipswich. Working between a local school and a local community setting, participants come together to explore arts, film, photography, drama, dance, radio and music to get creative, learn new skills and meet new people.
10/05/2022 £3,866 £29,895 KARIBU AFRICAN WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP A two-year project offering weekly dance classes for African women in Ipswich and surrounding areas to come together to learn dance moves and choreography from an instructor. The group also provides mindful living classes and a weekly meet up, with participants being able to discuss worries and learn from a qualified practitioner how to manage these concerns, as well as receiving mutual support from other women in the group.
10/05/2022 £11,425 MIND THE GAP MUSIC GROUP This two-year project offers weekly user-led music and social drop in sessions for people in Norwich who are affected with mental health issues and loneliness. The sessions offer the opportunity to write songs, sing, learn instruments, record tracks or play together as well as socialising. Participants will form bands and busk in the summer and at the end of each year a gig provides an opportunity for everyone to be involved in organising, promoting and performing to the local community. The project supports participants to follow their own musical interests and develop new skills.
10/05/2022 £9,120 THE HIVE IPSWICH CIC This two year programme brings together local residents from the Norwich Road area of Ipswich in a new accessible social space being established in an old music shop on the street. The diverse local communities come together regularly to share culture, create conversations, make art and put exhibitions on. The programme offers a platform to celebrate their culture and promote positive communities and participants can become part of a community board to help shape the offer. The scheme has been prompted by many local people not connecting with local services and cultural opportunities available in Ipswich and this programme sets out to break down some of those barriers and promote more meaningful connection with the wider town.
10/05/2022 £10,440 £377,640 THE KITE TRUST This two-year project delivers fortnightly social groups for young people aged 13-25 across Fenland, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity. The groups take place in March and Wisbech and session content chosen by participants may include arts and crafts, cookery, games, quizzes, taster sessions from other providers, discussions and debates. The project addresses the social isolation many of these young people experience due to a lack of suitably inclusive spaces in the area and it aims to build their confidence and self-esteem, improve mental wellbeing and tackle discrimination.
10/05/2022 £11,200 £21,783 THE PHOENIX PROJECT IPSWICH This two year project aims to enable people with experience of mental health difficulties to socialise, build their skills and confidence, and challenge stigma and discrimination through a supportive and creative community. The participants come from central Ipswich and take part weekly in community arts activities, broadcasting their own radio programmes and showcasing their work through exhibitions and events. The project aims to combat isolation by enabling participants to connect with others and build their skills.
10/05/2022 £7,371 £55,070 WE ARE MUSIC LTD This two-year project delivers a weekly Saturday 'open house' at a music school in Harwich, Essex, for young people. Sessions will include band rehearsals, jam sessions, creating music, time for socialising and organising six gigs a year in local venues, open to the public. The idea came from current participants of music school activities and sessions will be led by young people. The project aims to not only improve the mental health and wellbeing of local young people but to revitalise the live music scene in the area.
12/04/2022 £7,914 ACTIVATING CREATIVE TALENT CIC This two-year programme is led by young people from Aston, Birmingham. It provides local young people, particularly those from Black and Asian communities, with weekly fun activities, workshops, leadership training and excursions. Many of the young people supported through the programme will not currently be in employment or education. The aim of the programme is to build the young people's resilience and skills and enable them to build peer support networks.
12/04/2022 £9,358 £77,067 AFRICAN COMMUNITY HERITAGE HUB LTD This two-year project is for women aged 50+ who are refugees, asylum seekers or other immigrants (from East of Congo, Eritrea, Somalia, Afghanistan & Syria) in the Sparkhill and Balsall Heath areas of Birmingham. It aims to improve practical skills, enhance employability, improve English and reduce isolation. It provides weekly embroidery and advanced sewing sessions.
12/04/2022 £7,140 AGRANI ARTS AND CULTURAL SOCIETY A two-year project providing weekly workshop activities for residents in the Aston and Ladywood areas of Birmingham to learn how to grow flowers, vegetables and fruit. The regular sessions provide opportunities for local individuals to build their confidence and skills as well as their knowledge of planting and growing food locally. Particularly aimed at local families and residents who are unemployed, retired, stay at home parents and young people, it provides a chance for making new friends and sharing ideas.
12/04/2022 £6,000 BIRMINGHAM CITY CLUBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE This two-year project brings together women of all ages from the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham to take part in activities of their choice every week. This could be circuit training and boxercise or socialising and going out to events together. The project enables participants to support each other, build friendships and share their experiences.
12/04/2022 £6,600 £115,468 COMMUNITY ACTIONS FOR LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES (CAFLO) A two-year project providing regular social and activity sessions for local older people (50+) in the Hodge Hill area of Birmingham. Sessions involve social opportunities such as tea and coffee mornings, low-level exercise classes, and crafts along with a lunch. The project creates space for friendship and support networks to grow, bringing together local people to bring about positive change in the community.
12/04/2022 £6,000 CONTENTO SOCIAL HOMES CIC This two-year project in the south of Birmingham supports Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic survivors of domestic abuse and their children to rebuild skills, confidence and friendships. Fortnightly skill-share sessions on topics like sewing and cooking allow them to connect with each other regularly, find peer support peer support and discuss issues in a safe space.
12/04/2022 £11,982 INTEGREAT THEATRE A two-year project providing creative workshops to hearing and deaf people across Birmingham. The workshops teach people new skills, develop confidence and promote wellbeing through working equally and collaboratively to create theatre performances.
12/04/2022 £7,122 £153,804 NEW HOPE GLOBAL This 18-month project in Birmingham delivers weekly 'walking and talking' and arts and crafts activities for socially isolated and economically inactive Bangladeshi people who have recently moved to Birmingham from other European countries. Participants will build social connections through doing activities together. The project will also deliver two networking events to build links with the wider community and a jobs fair featuring local and regional employers. The project responds to the concerns shared by this community around how their lack of social connections is impacting their mental health; unemployment was also a major issue.
12/04/2022 £10,780 OPEN HAND OUTREACH A one-year project offering weekly multi-cultural cooking, tasting and interaction classes to bring together single mothers and widows from different nations and cultural backgrounds who live in the Erdington area of Birmingham. The sessions focus on various delicious and healthy meals from different nations of the world, providing an opportunity for participants to socialise over food and to share their recipes with each other.
12/04/2022 £7,038 £311,105 PAT BENSON COMMUNITY SPORTS FOUNDATION LIMITED This two-year project is for children, young people and adults who are disabled or have special educational needs in Small Heath, Birmingham. It aims to reduce isolation and enable participants to build stronger social connections. It offers weekly sessions on arts, sports, healthy living sessions and social opportunities.
12/04/2022 £11,506 PHOENIX UTD CIC This two-year project in Erdington, Birmingham, delivers twice-weekly sessions of sport and physical activity and activities such as dance, arts or music to young people aged 13-16 at risk of exposure to gang involvement and the effects of isolation and mental ill-health. Sessions will be led by coaches and personalised support provided by mentors and will improve well-being and relationships.
12/04/2022 £8,144 £122,299 SALUS FATIGUE FOUNDATION This one-year project enables people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or long-Covid to meet and support each other by sharing their experiences to help understand, self-manage and recover from their conditions. Sessions will take place in North and South Birmingham, where attendees will participate in group discussion and one-to-one per support focusing on diet and nutrition, exercise, meditation, pacing and medication. The programme primarily functions as a social group, bringing together people with a shared experience to learn from one another.
12/04/2022 £7,650 SPORTING ELITE CIC This two-year project is for young people aged 8-14 in Perry Barr, Brimingham. It aims to improve social connections and community power. It provides regular sessions centred around improving mental and social wellbeing of the young people.
12/04/2022 £7,601 STRIKE9T CIC This two-year project delivers weekly sports and physical activities for children aged 9-16 from the Ward End area of Birmingham. Young people are encouraged to volunteer at the sessions, eventually becoming young leaders themselves. The sessions aim to support young people’s physical and mental well-being by enabling them to make new friends, learn new skills, and increase confidence and self-esteem.
12/04/2022 £9,293 THE RED EARTH COLLECTIVE CIC A two-year project bringing together racially and culturally diverse creatives in Birmingham who have lived experience of mental health to make friends, share experiences and create artistic work challenging stigma and stimulating conversations. Workshops delivered by artists with lived experience cover various artistic disciplines, focusing on stage craft, performance and working as a creative. The group will work together to create new work for public performance. There is also time for peer reflection and conversation to support participants’ mental health. The project also benefits audiences, mental health professionals, faith groups and statutory and community services who will gain new perspectives on mental health through the live performances.
12/04/2022 £9,720 TSA SPORTS AND EDUCATION CIC This two-year project is for young people aged 10-18 who are involved, or at risk of being involved, in street violence or related issues in Nechells, Birmingham. It aims to improve social connections, community power and improving the local environment. It provides sessions aimed at developing youth leadership, empowering young people to find community solutions to local issues.
12/04/2022 £11,924 £332,061 WOMEN ACTING IN TODAY'S SOCIETY ( WAITS) This two-year project for Black and Minority Ethnic communities, newly-arrived communities and non-English speakers who are survivors of domestic abuse in Birmingham. It aims to improve social connections, community power, education and skills. It provides regular creative activities, as well as peer and legal support and professional advice on housing, finance and training.
12/04/2022 £0 WELSH HOUSE FARM GREEN GRAFTERS This is a two-year project for the Polish community in Boscombe and Pokesdown in Bournemouth. It aims to improve social connections, education and skills and community power. It provides sessions to address common issues, such as mobility and language barriers.
15/03/2022 £10,686 £33,594 BROXTOWE COMMUNITY PROJECTS This two-year project provides weekly social meals in six locations for unemployed people from the Broxtowe Borough Council area of Nottinghamshire. Each week there is a different theme centred around improving educational and employment outcomes. Participants are involved in cooking the meals and have the opportunity to complete a qualification in food hygiene. The aim of the programme is to reduce the participants' social exclusion and build their confidence and skills.
15/03/2022 £8,629 £194,784 CARERS OF LEICESTERSHIRE ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT PROJECT A two-year project supporting carers in Leicestershire with their wellbeing. Focusing on creative arts, sensory and self-care activities, support is provided via both peer group and professional support alongside links to other local services. Participants are able to learn new skills and build both their networks and own resilience whilst also offering support to other carers.
15/03/2022 £8,157 DEDICATED (EAST MIDLANDS) COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY The 18-month project supports disabled young people from Mansfield who expressed an interest in learning song writing, producing music/videos and taking part in vocal workshops to learn new skills by collaborating with mentors to help develop their ideas and futures. The young people worked with the organisation to co-produce the project and will continue to shape it through their feedback. The young people will have an opportunity to build friendships with other young people as well as collaborating for musical performances in the wider community.
15/03/2022 £6,046 FEARON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION LTD This two-year project is for autistic and neurodiverse young people in Loughborough. It aims, through the creation of a safe environment, to reduce their social isolation, to interact and make friendships through their shared interests in gaming.
15/03/2022 £8,467 £269,153 FREEDOM COMMUNITY PROJECT This two-year project establishes a friendship club in Bolsover, Derbyshire, for local residents to come together to share skills, develop community events, and build stronger social links. Participants share skills such as cooking, budgeting, crafting, art, sewing or reading and they also take part in events such as a summer fete with a bouncy castle and face painting and trips out to the seaside.
15/03/2022 £16,737 HELPING HOOVES DERBYSHIRE CIC This two-year project offers a range of outdoor activities to people aged 18-35 in Little Eaton and surrounding areas in Derbyshire who are living with mental health concerns. Three weekly sessions -in the community allotment and farm shop, learning equine skills and therapies, developing conservation plans or helping to produce honey - help the group to tackle social isolation and to create a supportive peer environment.
15/03/2022 £8,768 JUNCTION ARTS LTD This 22-month project in Creswell, Derbyshire, delivers a fortnightly programme of arts and crafts activities for participants aged 60-75. There will also be four workshops open to the whole community. This is the development of an existing project which has resulted in participants increasing in confidence and making valuable new friendships and support networks, and they want to share those benefits with others.
15/03/2022 £5,424 NORTH WINGFIELD COMMUNITY ALLOTMENT This two-year project in the village of North Wingfield, Derbyshire, delivers twice-weekly sessions to bring local residents of all ages together at a community allotment to socialise, grow vegetables, learn environmentally-friendly gardening skills and connect with nature.
15/03/2022 £11,959 £103,567 SNAP DEVELOPMENT PROJECT This 18-month project creates local youth work opportunities, supporting young people in Bolsover in Derbyshire to explore their interests in sports, art, drama, cooking and volunteering. The intention is to spark interest and confidence in getting involved, gaining new skills, developing their talents, and achieving personal development through fun and educative activities. Weekly after-school and evening youth clubs are provided alongside school holiday sports activities and detached youth work sessions.
15/03/2022 £11,930 £321,283 SUPPORT NORTHAMPTONSHIRE A one-year project offering online and in person opportunities for Asian residents in Corby and Wellingborough, towns in North Northamptonshire, to build social connections, learn new skills and improve wellbeing. Activities include creative and culturally appropriate sessions online and in small groups in local community venues; trips and excursions; digital sessions on ipads and tablets; walk and talk groups; one to one support.
15/03/2022 £10,683 THE ELOQUENT FOLD This two-year project in Corby, Northamptonshire, delivers fortnightly creative sessions for women aged 50+ to reduce isolation and improve their wellbeing. Activities focus on textile techniques and printmaking.
15/03/2022 £10,573 £405,840 THE SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL COLLECTIVE LTD A two-year project delivering regular community walks, cycle confidence workshops, and cycle rides to help connect residents in Broxtowe, Nottingham. The sessions facilitate regular peer to peer connections, helping to develop the knowledge and confidence to reduce reliance on cars, improve their confidence to travel by bike and provide vital, healthy travel activities. It brings together multigenerational attendees to explore their communities, connect to their local environment, visit parks and open spaces.
15/03/2022 £0 VILLAGE This two-year project is for women aged fifty plus from minority ethnic backgrounds, particularly Asian backgrounds, in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire. It aims to improve social connections, skills and community power. It provides coffee mornings, gardening, knitting, crochet and trips.
28/02/2022 £3,000 AUTISM HELP This two-year project provides two sporting activity sessions per week for autistic people in Eastbourne. This will cover sports such as football, archery, fishing and cycling. The sessions enable people with autism to participate in a range of different sports and to meet on a regular basis.
03/02/2022 £6,101 BREDBURY COMMUNITY HUB A two-year project running a community hub for local people in Bredbury, a town in Stockport. The project delivers weekly sessions for older people including coffee mornings, craft sessions, afternoon teas, digital skills; monthly social evenings open to any age; a weekly youth club; holiday provision for children aged 4+ with lunches; and fun activities at Easter, Summer and Christmas. Local people attending the hub are able to meet neighbours and create new social links.
03/02/2022 £11,632 BRINK PRODUCTIONS LIMITED This two-year project offers weekly sessions of music production, recording, mixing and DJ-ing as positive activities to young people aged 13-19 living in Old Trafford, Manchester. There are social sessions, guest speakers and workshops around knife crime and youth violence, and first aid training. The young people are at risk of or involved in knife crime or youth violence and need positive role models to divert them away from negative influences whilst offering support and advice.
03/02/2022 £5,350 COP MEADOW ENHANCEMENT GROUP This 18-month project brings local volunteers together to improve Cop Bell, a public open space in Sutton, East Cheshire. The work involves planting trees and flowers and enhancing the habitat for birds, bees and other wildlife. The project also involves maintaining a woodland path and wood carving activities. It enables the volunteers make new friends, learn new skills and collaborate in improving and redesigning an open space.
03/02/2022 £3,000 DERRY MATHEWS ACADEMY CIC This two-year project is an inclusive weekly boxing and fitness programme for young disabled people and young people with mental health issues in Seacombe in the Wirral to become more active. Participants are supported to facilitate peer-led sessions to improve their wellbeing, physical health and reduce social isolation through a range of activities with a boxing theme.
03/02/2022 £11,082 MAKE IT HAPPEN BIRKENHEAD LIMITED This two-year project delivers a range of weekly activities providing people in Birkenhead, Merseyside, with the opportunity to build friendships and support each other. Activities include upcycling textiles, installing and maintaining street planters, information sessions to input into the local authority's local regeneration plans, a volunteer programme and an annual street party.
03/02/2022 £10,560 £28,766 REBUILDING LIVES COMMUNITY INITIATIVE An 18-month intergenerational project for women over 40 and young women over 17 who are single parents in Wigan and is particularly aimed at women who are refugees and migrants. The social project runs weekly sessions including arts and games, board games, film evenings, dominoes, and darts, knitting and crocheting, discussions and networking opportunities, pamper days, Tai Chi, chair yoga and African dance/Zumba, English and ICT classes. It supports participants to build social connections over shared interests.
03/02/2022 £11,153 STRING OF HEARTS CIC This two-year project aims to bring together older people in Trafford, Manchester, through songwriting workshops to build connections and share issues important to them, including social isolation, bereavement, long term conditions and digital exclusion. Two groups (one in Sale and the other in north Trafford) meet fortnightly to write pieces of music capturing their stories and ideas and will come together at four showcase events in the second year to connect with a wider audience and challenge stereotypes about what older people can achieve.
03/02/2022 £10,258 THE SENSORY SHACK COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY A two-year project enabling children with disabilities, special educational needs and mental health issues living in Beechwood, a housing estate in Birkenhead, to access sessions run by a professional musical therapist. Sessions consist of a weekly group therapeutic musical intervention for children to enable them to relax, have fun and create new friendships.
03/02/2022 £19,704 UTOPIA PROJECT CIC A two-year project which continues an existing programme for young carers in the Wirral, an area of Merseyside. The project aims to enable access to support and activities that are often unobtainable to young carers due to their caring responsibilities, and offers the opportunity to gain new experiences, improve social interaction and build a support network. Weekly hub meetings offer a safe space to meet other with regular activities such as cooking, sport and art whilst a programme during the school holidays offers activities including water sports, rock climbing, horse riding, skiing and theme park visits. Both programmes include a transport service, lunches and refreshments.
03/02/2022 £8,784 £176,042 WARM HUT UK This 18-month project delivers weekly wellbeing activities for older African migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Wigan, who are mainly from French and Portuguese-speaking backgrounds. The project aims to address the social isolation and cultural barriers experienced by this group by providing opportunities to support each other and make new friends through weekly activities such as keep-fit, walking, games, arts and crafts, and cook-and-taste sessions. There is also a monthly cafe where people can meet to chat and socialise and receive information and advice.
03/02/2022 £9,180 WETA - COMMUNITY SERVICES CIC This two-year project uses the art of Henna design to support women from minoritised ethnic communities in Trafford, Manchester, to learn resilience, and gain confidence to help address the social inequalities and isolation they face. Peer to peer support and mindfulness training will also help the women to flourish.
03/02/2022 £0 TREK THERAPY CIC The two-year project provides monthly group walking activities to support people with lived experience of suicide bereavement in East Wirral. Activities on the Wirral peninsular will include mindfulness, wilderness meditation, outdoor skills workshops, and training for volunteers. Participants will be encouraged to shape the project by becoming qualified walk leaders and choosing activities for the group and will build vital links and support networks with others who have lost someone to suicide.
12/01/2022 £8,231 £418,933 AYLESBURY VALE AND MILTON KEYNES SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ABUSE SUPPORT SERVICE This two-year project, based in Milton Keynes, continues delivering a peer support group for adults who identify as women and who have experienced sexual assault and abuse. The project aims to reduce members' isolation and provide a safe environment in which they can form long-term friendships and support networks. Weekly activities include crafts, physical activity, visits from speakers and coffee and chat sessions.
12/01/2022 £7,290 £187,300 COMMUNITY INTEREST LUTON This two-year project delivers a community and fitness programme in the Bedford area. Participants take part weekly in a physical workout and then socialise over tea and coffee. People from all communities, faiths, cultures and ages can come together after the isolation and difficulties of the lockdowns and make friends and gain in confidence as well experiencing the physical benefits of a workout.
12/01/2022 £7,276 CREATIVE WAVES COMMUNITY ARTS CIC This two-year project runs weekly nature and gardening-related workshops for local people at a community garden in Worthing. The focus of activity is on learning to be resourceful; using found materials and growing free food for the community to share; healthy eating and methods to improve mental and physical health. Participants benefit from mentoring and tailored support, ensuring that their interests and skills are recognised and nurtured. This, together with physical improvements to the garden, creates a safe space to talk, learn new skills and build confidence. Participants meet new people, create new friendships and raise aspirations to enter further education or employment.
12/01/2022 £9,526 £384,287 CULTURE SHIFT This two-year project in Eastbourne provides fortnightly creative workshops (drama, music and visual arts) to Delta 7, a group of people with learning disabilities who love playing music and wish to meet regularly to create new work and friends. The project aims to give participants a renewed sense of community and confidence, particularly after the pandemic, and to combat social isolation. A public exhibition of work will be presented in in Eastbourne at the end of the project to help build connections with the local community and challenge prejudices.
12/01/2022 £3,078 GOSPORT PARTNERS THROUGH PAIN This two-year project enhances the monthly meetings for members of a pain management support group in Gosport, Hampshire, to reduce isolation and build friendships by offering trips, socials and activities. The idea has come from participants who would like to start meeting up again after being in isolation for most of the pandemic.
12/01/2022 £5,620 £229,608 HEADWAY PORTSMOUTH & SOUTH EAST HAMPSHIRE This one-year project provides a support service in Portsmouth for new and existing carers of people with a brain injury. It includes a weekly peer support group, outings to offer respite to the carers, and training sessions. The project aims to reduce social isolation and associated impacts on carers’ mental health.
12/01/2022 £3,960 HEART OF PORTSMOUTH BOXING ACADEMY CIC This two-year project is for women and girls, particularly those from the Muslim and Asian community, in Portsmouth. It aims to improve social connections and community power. It provides regular sessions such as sports and fitness, socials, arts and crafts and health workshops.
12/01/2022 £8,574 £55,666 HOLDING SPACE A two-year project offering weekly activities for parents and carers of children experiencing mental ill-health in Eastbourne, East Sussex. The group creates a safe, non-judgmental, confidential space for carers to come together, be supported, connect, share, and not feel alone. Sessions include weekly yoga and relaxation as well as an evening coffee and collage group once a month.
12/01/2022 £4,134 MED3 MUSIC This 15-month project runs a weekly music group for people with experience of mental health issues in Portsmouth. Activities include performing and arranging music. Sessions offer an inclusive support network, allowing people to socialise, gain confidence and build creativity while sharing experiences.
12/01/2022 £10,187 £68,767 Q:ALLIANCE This 18-month project is for young LGBTQ+ people (groups of 8-13 and 14-17 year-olds) in Milton Keynes. It aims to bring the young people together, make friends, increase confidence, self-esteem, sense of identity and improve their mental health. It provides weekly activity sessions in Centre/North of Milton Keynes, delivering activities such as creating sports groups, dance sessions, Community Garden, and performances arts.
12/01/2022 £15,237 RAINBOW ACTION GROUP This two-year project is for isolated older people in Langney, Eastbourne. It aims to rebuilds social engagement among the participants following isolation due to the pandemic, eases any anxiety they may be experiencing, and supports their mental wellbeing. It provides twice weekly social and learning activities including coffee mornings, arts and craft activities, computer skills training, and reminiscence activities.
12/01/2022 £7,858 SUSSEX YOUTH ARTS FOUNDATION This two-year project is for young people aged 16-18 in Eastbourne, who have experienced isolation because of the pandemic. It aims to create a Youth Volunteer Workforce for Eastbourne and participants can choose either to become a Youth Volunteer or a Youth Leader. It provides weekly training session on different aspects of volunteering such as communication skills, planning events, administration, and publicity, and the young people will then use these skills to run community activities.
12/01/2022 £10,214 SWIM THE WIGHT This 19-month project is for people in Ventnor and Ryde, seaside towns on the Isle of Wight. It aims to create a relaxed and safe environment in which people can turn up and have a sea dip if they wish knowing that risk assessments are in place, and trained open water coaches are in attendance. It provides weekly Sea Cafes which offer people the opportunity to connect with others living close to them, giving all a safe opportunity to chat and build a wider social network.
12/01/2022 £6,061 £28,545 THE BIVOL TRUST A one-year project bringing together young adults and adults with learning and accompanying physical disabilities across Portsmouth. The project consists of weekly music and arts and crafts groups. These groups give participants the opportunity to meet others, make and maintain friendships, and build confidence and self-esteem, while also providing some respite care for parents and carers. The activities help to build skills in playing an instrument, singing, simple percussion, drawing, use of colour, painting, and craft work.
07/12/2021 £21,841 £136,744 BANGLADESH YOUTH MOVEMENT (BYM) This two-year project is for older Bangladeshi and other BAME communities living in Tower Hamlets, London who have experienced a protracted lockdown during COVID due to their high levels of vulnerability. It aims to bring older people together to help tackle isolation and mental and physical health issue which have been caused by the pandemic. It provides weekly/monthly programme of activities including social groups such as a lunch club or yoga, and ‘developmental activities’, such as healthy eating workshops or financial advice and budgeting sessions. Participants can volunteer to become befrienders for other older people, providing support outside project hours and encouraging them to participate and return to their community.
07/12/2021 £3,000 EAST INDIA OVER 50'S CONSORTIUM This one-year project, ‘Wild explore’, is for women from diverse communities living in the Poplar area of Tower Hamlets, London. It aims to bring together those who are experiencing mental ill-health, isolation, and loneliness and offers the opportunity to create friendships and discover or reconnect to the local area. It runs monthly meet-ups through visits to museums, cafes, and parks.
07/12/2021 £12,000 £498,510 EFA LONDON This two-year project is for migrants living in Greenwich, London. It aims to improve their English language skills and their capacity to take action together on social issues in their lives around poor housing, poor working conditions, hate-crime and lack of migrants' rights. Participants will work on improving social inclusion in Greenwich, particularly as newly arrived refugees are being housed in the borough. Existing participants want to welcome newly arrived refugees into the weekly sessions. It provides weekly 'Learning and Action' sessions and four social trips. Participants aims to plan and take part in two collective actions.
07/12/2021 £15,073 FONDATION FERNAND YAV This two-year project is for refugee women (from Congo, Eritrea, Somalia and Syria) aged over 50 living in Greenwich, London. It aims to develop employment and practical skills, confidence-building and English language improvement. It will provide weekly dressmaking and sewing skills workshops. The grants also provides opportunities for them to meet other people in their community.
07/12/2021 £15,956 £43,511 GREENWICH COALITION FOR EQUALITY & HUMAN RIGHTS This two-year project is for local people, mainly from socially isolated and marginalised communities in Greenwich, London. It aims to equip learners with skills, knowledge and confidence to gain employment or start their own businesses, particularly by linking up with other charities and groups. It provides weekly customised training in sewing, pattern cutting and textiles design.
07/12/2021 £9,890 GREENWICH VIETNAM WOMEN'S GROUP This 21-month project is for older Vietnamese women aged 65 and over living in the Borough of Greenwich, London. It aims to bring the women together to meet others, exchange news, provide mutual support, and address the women's health and wellbeing needs. It offers weekly gardening and luncheon club sessions where participants share a hot meal, participate in activities such as cookery, dance, mindfulness or chat, read magazines, play cards and help with kitchen duties.
07/12/2021 £12,000 LEMON LEOPARD This two-year project provides a safe place to meet and organise for people who identify as queer and queer disabled people who feel excluded from employment and enterprise opportunities. The project will turn a music venue into the only queer and queer disabled venue in Tower Hamlets, London. From this base they will tackle discrimination, family rejection, homelessness, barriers to employment and develop their capacity as a community to reimagine their lives, locality and economy. Activities weekly include coming together through DJ sessions, food, poetry, peer support, training and campaigning.
07/12/2021 £11,952 £188,941 MAA SHANTI This two-year project in Tower Hamlets, London, supports South Asian mothers fleeing domestic abuse, and their children. It offers a programme of weekly activities chosen by the women such as walks, mindfulness, yoga, arts and crafts, peer support groups and trips to local parks and museums. They will come together in a setting that is outside of their day-to-day to enable them to step out of what they do the rest of the time. Activities are weekly and offer participants peer support and friendship, a chance to offload and get some headspace, as well as learn more about other support available.
07/12/2021 £11,834 £283,766 SOCIETYLINKS TOWER HAMLETS This two-year project is for people living in Whitechapel, London. It aims to address the ongoing social isolation resulting from the Covid pandemic, encouraging people to reintegrate into their community. It delivers a range of weekly activities, including yoga and mindfulness for women, a Saturday sports club for under-12s, Taekwondo for 12-18-year-olds, fitness sessions for men, and sewing and arts classes.
07/12/2021 £10,398 £82,344 SOMALI SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB This two-year project is for older Somalis living in Tower Hamlets, London, who are experiencing isolation. It aims to enable a return to community life and improve physical, mental, and emotional health for older Somalis. It provides a range of weekly activities, including lunch club, walking exercise, and monthly training, such as skills training, health workshops, cultural/arts sessions, and visits to museums/heritage sites. Volunteer peer befrienders also run a befriending scheme. It delivers the activities in a hybrid approach in the home, community, and organisation’s centre.
10/11/2021 £12,483 £9,090 AFRICAN YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION This one-year project is for African women and their families, mostly from west or central Africa, many of whom are refugees living in Croydon, London. It aims to support the participants to learn practical skills such as sewing to make their own clothes, saving money and making new friends, building confidence and perseverance and developing a skill that they can teach others and that allows them to produce items to sell or gift. It provides twice-weekly sewing sessions.
10/11/2021 £9,323 AUTISM HOUNSLOW This two-year project is for the 'Hounslow Lions', neurodiverse people, particularly autistic people with and without a learning disability living in Hounslow, London. It aims to form and run a football team to compete in the Middlesex FA League. Being part of a team helps tackle the social isolation and anxiety many neurodiverse people experience. The 'Hounslow Lions' train weekly throughout the football season and in between enjoy other sporting activities such as bowls, pitch and putt and swimming, as well as regular monthly social outings, broadening the range of people they meet. The participants recently won a Community Cup and want to continue to train, play and run their team, allowing them to retain their own identity. Participants run all aspects of the project, including two qualified members who lead training sessions with the support of a mentor from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust.
10/11/2021 £10,934 BRITSOM This 18-month project is for parents of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) from Black and Ethnic Minoritised communities living in Burnt Oak and Colindale, in the London borough of Barnet. It aims to provide parents of SEN children an opportunity to meet and form new friendships and improve their knowledge and understanding of their rights and confidence. It runs regular weekly meetings and informative workshops led by SEN professionals. Also, it provides half-term family activities that bring all parents and children together, such as visiting museums, trampoline parks, theme parks, picnicking or running sensory activities at BritSom.
10/11/2021 £14,822 £39,410 DEAF UNITY This two-year project is for the Deaf Community across Ealing and Hounslow, London. The project seeks to address the lack of community links experienced by people from the Deaf community, build peer support, and help them access wider services. It runs fortnightly social gatherings and information sessions in different community venues and cafes. Sessions address mental health or employment; some sessions have professional external speakers that share their expertise and answer questions.
10/11/2021 £8,868 £126,775 ETHIOPIAN WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT GROUP This two-year project is for women from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and refugee communities living in White City and Shepherd's Bush, London. It aims to address isolation, parenting problems, and a lack of leadership skills. It provides weekly leadership training, parenting sessions, and monthly cooking skills sessions. In addition, there are weekly coffee mornings and a twice-monthly self-empowerment group for women to share skills and build a support network.
10/11/2021 £6,000 £235,226 HOME-START CROYDON This two-year project is for the Golf Close Estate residents in Croydon, London. The aim is to enable the residents to make new social links, share experiences over food and activities and build support networks. It provides weekly Residents’ lunch club session that includes a hot meal and a mix of discussion, problem-solving and facilitated workshops.
10/11/2021 £14,216 £87,470 HOUNSLOW MULTI-CULTURAL CENTRE This one-year project is for over 60’s from all backgrounds living in Hounslow, London. It aims to help participants develop a friendly local support network to combat depression and loneliness, which continues to rise with the increased ageing population and with the recent impact of Covid. It provides weekly free lunches and a range of activities, including seminars, playing games, singing songs, outings and topical seminars.
10/11/2021 £18,000 £216,774 MOTHER AND CHILD WELFARE ORGANISATION This one-year project is mainly for women from migrant backgrounds, but not exclusively from Africa, living in Hammersmith and Fulham, West London. It aims to provide peer support and solidarity between women from different countries and cultures who face the same issues and can experience isolation. There are three weekly sessions: a discussion group, a training /activity session and a tea and story session. The content of the activity sessions includes ESOL, functional, and IT skills training, so the women can buy food online, get information, make appointments and support their children. It also provides self-care sessions, a fun exercise held in a private courtyard, and mental health first aid training.
10/11/2021 £15,310 £234,726 OUR BARN COMMUNITY This 18-month project is for Carers of children with a learning disability and young disabled people over 25 living in Hounslow and Ealing, London. It aims to support the carers who experience social isolation to meet others in the same situation, share information, and receive help. It also supports young disabled people over 25 who no longer have access to formal education by exploring how to exert more choice and control over personal budgets, giving carers a genuine break from caring. It runs weekly coffee mornings, lunch club sessions, and one-to-one sessions for welfare benefits queries, breaks from caring and access to specialist support.
10/11/2021 £12,789 £70,723 PLACE AT MY TABLE This two-year project is for older people aged 55 and over living in Thornton Heath, Croydon, London. It aims to address the increasing isolation caused by the Covid pandemic and help participants regain a sense of belonging and make friends. It runs two group sessions a week for older people to come together to participate in activities such as crafts, board games and exercise classes. It also provides monthly lunch clubs.
10/11/2021 £8,256 £109,830 REFUGEEYOUTH LIMITED This two-year project supports young refugees and unaccompanied asylum seekers aged 14-25 living in Croydon, London, through weekly creative activities. Participants shape the project by collectively choosing the activities and are encouraged to plan sessions and take on leadership roles, to encourage growth in confidence and skills. They also benefit from one-to-one support to access education, travel, and bank accounts and to gain skills to help them better engage with case workers or potential employers. The project also aims to tackle social isolation and support better integration into the local community.
10/11/2021 £17,939 £176,351 RIANA DEVELOPMENT NETWORK (RDN) This one-year project is for young people from Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic communities who live in the London borough of Hounslow and Hammersmith and Fulham. It aims to reconnect young people, develop their mental, physical and emotional recovery from the Covid pandemic, and equip them with new skills. It delivers three sessions a week, and the activities include arts, crafts and social sessions; homework and study support; exercise, sports and dance; and developing skills to volunteer and support peers.
10/11/2021 £18,486 £213,131 RIVER HOUSE TRUST This two-year project is for older people with HIV living in the London borough of Ealing, Fulham and Hammersmith. It aims to bring participants together to increase peer support and to socialise. It builds on existing activities as part of the Covid recovery programme. It runs weekly get-togethers based on a peer volunteer-led lunch, afternoon tea parties, evening or weekend meals, picnics and trips.
10/11/2021 £6,000 £243,043 SOUTHALL COMMUNITY ALLIANCE (SCA) This one-year project is for isolated residents from Southall Broadway and Dormers Wells wards of Southall, west London. It aims to help to improve their mental wellbeing through shared activity sessions in Southall Town Hall, Jasmine Centre and Holy Trinity Church. Activities include weekly art workshops, creative monthly coffee mornings, filming of community festivals, poetry recitals, photography, and acting workshops, and it will provide opportunities for people to share their stories and experiences.
10/11/2021 £9,491 THE RENA INITIATIVE CIC This one-year project is for unemployed, socially isolated, or older women who lack opportunities and confidence to make friends locally, living in White City, west London. It aims to support the women to connect, build friendships, and discuss community issues or concerns. It delivers monthly painting and twice-monthly befriending and mentoring sessions, intending to exhibit the participants’ work to the wider community at annual exhibitions.
10/11/2021 £16,956 WOMEN'S VOICES This one-year project is for young females, particularly those from Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic communities living in the London borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. It aims to support the participants to build confidence and develop social networks, make new friends, extend their social networks, gain personal development skills and improve their mental, physical and emotional health. It provides three weekly sessions of education and learning activities, social opportunities, and peer support. These activities include walks in the park, classes related to hobbies, social gatherings, health workshops, as well as volunteering and befriending opportunities.
14/09/2021 £10,000 BINGHAM AND MAGDALENE NEWSGROUP This two year project continues to produce and deliver a free community newspaper that supports residents of the Bingham and Magdalene areas in Edinburgh. Each area has its own newsletter, the ‘Bingham Blether’ and ‘My Magdalene’, which form part of the same publication. The paper is run by local people and aims to support the community to work together to improve their local area.
31/08/2021 £33,030 £105,117 ASPIRE CREATING COMMUNITIES This two-year project provides a weekly programme of creative activities, talks, and performances for two groups of older people. The programme serves two villages in West Yorkshire: Newsome and Deighton. The participants are older people who are isolated as well as those who have additional challenges such as dementia, poor mental health and disabilities. Activities include arts and crafts, music, dance, exercise and guest speakers. The aim of the programme is to develop social connections between the participants and reduce their isolation. Participants will form a steering group and continue to decide on their programme of activities.
31/08/2021 £31,204 £30,974 BATLEY COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTRE This two-year project in Batley, West Yorkshire provides a weekly activity group and a community social club for the over-55s offering lunch and activities including films, bingo, bowling, karaoke, and chair aerobics; there is also a weekly craft group for women and a men’s group with an activity chosen by participants. Activities are based on participants' interests and beneficiaries can shape the project through ongoing informal feedback, consultations, token-voting and monthly Seniors’ Council. The project aims to bring people together for food and companionship and to tackle isolation in this diverse community.
31/08/2021 £10,080 CHAD (CHOICE FOR ALL DONCASTER) This two-year project for people living in Doncaster sustains the work of a group of Adult Self Advocates who have a Learning Disability to represent people within the community, living in Doncaster. The group is run by a committee who meet monthly to provide accessible information while ensuring that services and organisations offer relevant support and equal opportunities to the community. The project enables the members to use their skills, knowledge, and personal experience to advocate for adults with a learning disability who may not be as confident or have the skills/support to speak up for themselves. This will empower the community to have a voice.
31/08/2021 £31,320 GLADIATORS BOXING ACADEMY This two-year project provides a weekly programme of social and physical activities for people living in central Huddersfield, bringing them together on a regular basis to meet, make new friends, and build new support networks. The project supports the community to reunite after Covid-19 and reduces the isolation many people experienced. An elected project management group meet weekly to shape delivery.
31/08/2021 £38,727 £28,575 HONLEY VILLAGE COMMUNITY TRUST This two-year project delivers a weekly youth club and twice-weekly sports sessions for young people aged 11 -17 living on the Roundway Estate in Honley, West Yorkshire, to improve wellbeing and social cohesion. The idea is based on feedback from young people who would like a safe place to socialise. Participants meet weekly and take part in activities of their choice, such as arts and crafts, music, gaming, rounders, volleyball and cricket. The project is shaped by young people through a youth council that will feed into the Friends of Honley committee.
31/08/2021 £26,000 JAMIE MCDONNELL FIGHT FOR GOOD CIC This new two-year project delivers weekly youth club sessions for children and young people aged 8-14 living in Stainforth. Sessions run on a Friday evening and provide a space for activities such as boxing and mini-Olympics, as well as a crafts corner or simply a place to read. The new Youth Club also engages members of the community such as the local police to give talks, and specialist trained staff offer workshops on mental health and how to be safe online. It runs trips to a local farm for activities such as kayaking, fishing and archery. The Youth Club will provide a safe space for young people to build friendships and connect with their local community and they shape the project direction through a participant Youth Council.
31/08/2021 £5,000 MINDFUL ACTIVITIES YORKSHIRE CIC The year-long project establishes a steering group made up of local residents in Edlington, an ex-mining village in Doncaster, to work together to organise weekly activities in their community. The group creates a programme of direct interest to the locality and designed to tackle barriers and the low mood and isolation that has been exacerbated by Covid-19. Sessions will likely include vocational skills, arts and crafts, support for carers, groups for young parents, groups for older people to share memories, local history sessions focused on the mining heritage. Participants make new friends and support each other in a safe and encouraging environment while taking part in activities they have helped to choose.
31/08/2021 £37,931 £147,286 THORNTON LODGE ACTION GROUP This 23-month programme provides weekly health and wellbeing sessions to local women, from Thornton Lodge in Huddersfield, particularly those of Pakistani origin aged 25-60 who are experiencing mental health issues and with limited English. The project responds to the recent spike in mental health issue within the community and provides arts and crafts activities, conversational English, exercise and peer support, as well as helping to address language and cultural barriers to accessing support. Guest speakers, practitioners, professionals from different agencies are invited so they can hear the voices of BAME women and make their services more accessible. Participants develop confidence, improve their English language skills, and find new friendships and support. They contribute ideas for the activities they wish to run during the sessions.
25/08/2021 £26,803 THE VALE OF LEVEN TRUST This two-year project created a fortnightly Craft and Food market in Alexandria town centre, providing increased opportunities to bring people together. The Market enables local businesses to promote themselves and local home crafters and food producers to grow their enterprises. There is also be a calendar of events and activities called ‘LingaLonga in the Vale’. Examples of activities are Community Cinema, Line dancing, Walk & Talk, Choir, Bake & Blether and Bingo. The aim is to create vibrant events for the whole community enabling stronger links while improving the local economy. The project is led by a local steering group who meet monthly.
14/07/2021 £29,769 CLIFFTOP PROJECTS CIC This 17-month project runs in two estates in Dumbarton and one in neighbouring Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire. Young people aged 5-14 have access to materials to complete art-related challenges set by local artists, either at home or at the site. The project has been developed by the organisation's youth advisory board and previous participants, and participants shape the project's direction through ongoing feedback and informal conversations. The creative activities enable participants to make links with others with similar interests whom they may not otherwise have met, encourage collaboration between them and increase their aspirations.
14/07/2021 £35,762 COMMUNITY ASSET PROJECT This two-year sewing project supports young women aged 18-24 from the African community in Paisley, near Glasgow, to learn sewing skills. Participants are encouraged to learn new skills and supported to increase their confidence and self-esteem. The idea for the group arose within the community and the women provide feedback as the project develops.
14/07/2021 £13,968 FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AFFECTED BY MURDER AND SUICIDE (FAMS) This two-year project delivers drop-in sessions and an online session to offer peer support to young people (aged 14 -21 years) who have been affected by murder and suicide in Motherwell. The idea has come from young people who want a safe space to meet others who share the same experience to come and just be a young person with no need to talk about the trauma they may have experienced unless they wish to. The project is delivered and developed by young people through the FAMS youth steering group.
14/07/2021 £34,956 GALLATOWN GALA & COMMUNITY GROUP This two-year project runs arts and craft activities for local people from the Gallatown West community in Kirkcaldy, Fife. There is a creche for parents and the activities are followed by a lunch prepared by the participants and shared between them. The aim of the project is to build connections between local people, facilitate peer support and offer the chance to develop new skills. A core group of participants form a steering committee but all will have the chance to share ideas and suggestions for group activities.
14/07/2021 £10,000 GREENOCK MORTON COMMUNITY TRUST LTD This two-year project offers a weekly football and peer support group for men experiencing mental ill-health in Greenock, Inverclyde, to improve both physical and mental health. The idea of combining physical activity with peer support responds to feedback from people participating in pilot support sessions, and the informal sessions enable participants to talk to others for support, or be signposted to professional help where necessary. Participants shape the project via a participants' committee and they can volunteer as activity leaders as the project progresses.
14/07/2021 £37,268 LIVING RENT This two-year project aims to support private, social and public tenants in Motherwell, Craigneuk and Wishaw to get together, know their rights, provide peer support and campaign for better housing quality, around issues such as fire hazard and tower demolition, improving people’s living conditions and community links. The idea stems from existing local tenants involved in Living Rent, and will culminate in a new Living Rent branch being formed, through electing a committee of 6-10 local tenants who will ultimately be responsible for future campaigns and accountable to involved participants. Participants -led activities including outreach such as door-knocking and stunts and branch meetings will bring members together regularly.
14/07/2021 £16,277 MOVING ON (INVERCLYDE) This two-year project helps people affected by alcohol and drug use living in Inverclyde to come together to support the delivery of an outdoor activity programme. An advisory group encourages participation, organises the activity plan, and ensures the project meets local demands. Participants take part in activities such as hill walking, fishing and cycling, linking with other local groups. The idea came from consultation with existing service users and was developed by a focus group. The project aims to tackle the social isolation and stigma that many people from this community face.
14/07/2021 £36,220 NORTHERN CORRIDOR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS This two-year project delivers weekly community skills-sharing workshops for local people in the villages of Moodiesburn and Chryston in North Lanarkshire. Activities, which focus on sustainability, include community crafts, growing activities, community heritage, and improvements to the local greenspace, and will cover topics such as climate change and species loss. The sessions bring people together to combat isolation and enable them to actively engage with local improvement which connects them with their local greenspace and heritage. Participants shape the project as volunteers and via planning and feedback sessions and focus groups.
14/07/2021 £33,608 PLAYPEACE This two-year project in Motherwell delivers a range of regular activities to support families with children with additional support needs to reduce the isolation they experience and encourage new peer group friendships. Activities include family play sessions, a sibling group, and parent support groups. The idea has come from parents of children with additional needs who got together to run a weekly club and want to reach more families. The project is shaped by a committee of parents with feedback from parents and children in the group.
14/07/2021 £29,253 RIG ARTS LTD This two-year project taking place in Broomhill, Greenock, brings people with a shared passion for the climate and the community together to learn new skills, build confidence, and make a difference. Creative workshops are based around waste reduction and include sewing, repair, reuse, upcycling, and sustainable crafts. Participants and the community are supported to become more resilient through supported engagement and regular social interaction. Creative decisions and activities are led by the participants and an annual event celebrates the project and offers a showcase for the wider community.
14/07/2021 £40,000 £95,713 VIP ARTS AND SPORTS ACADEMY This two-year programme brings together adults, young people and children of all ages from Fallside in North Lanarkshire to support them to build social links. Activities include cooking, fitness, arts and crafts, learning computer skills, and socialising between different generations. As well as gaining social connections, the programme develops education and skills. Participants shape the project via regular discussions, meetings, and steering committees.
24/06/2021 £10,000 £5,299 AGE CONCERN UPWELL AND OUTWELL LUNCHEON CLUB This two-year project continues to provide fortnightly lunch and social activities for older people living in Upwell and Outwell and surrounding villages in Norfolk. It also introduces an afternoon tea session in between these, offering refreshments and craft activities. The aim is to enable the participants, many of whom live in very rural areas, to have the opportunity to socialise and make new friends. Participants shape the project through regular discussions at sessions and via a six monthly questionnaire.
24/06/2021 £40,000 BUTTERFLIES CLUB C.I.C This two-year project aims to address the lack of provision for physical activity for disabled children and young people by supporting them to participate and adapt the activities their needs. It provides physical activity sessions for disabled children and young people living across Essex after school and weekends and during school holidays. The activity was requested and designed by the youth committee who play a key role in the project review. The project gives the participants a regular time and space to form relationships and gradually build a peer support network.
24/06/2021 £39,227 £113,604 DIAL SOUTH ESSEX This two-year project provides a range of activities to build social connections between disabled people in Basildon, Essex, as well as their families and carers. Activities include coffee mornings, advice and support, trips to the cinema and areas of interest, and a Young People’s Programme, to encourage social interaction. There are also be training sessions to develop new skills, e.g., in IT. Participants shape the project via a user forum, evaluation workshops, and by giving individual feedback.
24/06/2021 £31,538 £150,869 GREAT YARMOUTH & GORLESTON YOUNG CARERS PROJECT This two-year project offers peer support and one to one mentoring for young carers who are turning 16 and leaving school in Great Yarmouth. The young carers have expressed their interest in continued support as they make the transition into adulthood and want to gain skills to set up their own adult carers group to support each other. It will work with the young carers and the local colleges to offer support groups. The project will provide opportunities for young carers to reduce their social isolation and pursue their educational ambitions. The young people’s committee will shape the project.
24/06/2021 £14,220 £35,386 HANSEATIC UNION This two-year project will deliver weekly classes in English as a second or other language to parents at a community school in King's Lynn, Norfolk. Participants, who are mainly from migrant communities,, will meet regularly to improve their English skills and receive information, advice and guidance if needed. Each session will put an hour aside for socialising and for participants to help each other with issues they are experiencing, thus building a peer support network. The project idea is based on previous work which participants are keen to continue. Sessions will be geared towards participants' needs, skills and interests, and they will be able to shape session content on an informal basis each week.
24/06/2021 £36,933 £223,992 MENSCRAFT This two-year project delivers a social space and other activities offering face-to-face connection around shared interests for men who are socially isolated or experiencing challenges in their lives. Held in venues near the centre of Norwich, the project builds on pilot activities and responds to feedback received from attendees, as well as wider surveys. Many activities, such as led walks, visual arts, music, book and film clubs, community theatre and playing board games, will be planned and delivered by peers, who will form steering groups around each activity and/or location, offering opportunities for informal social connection, to be socially active and to 'give back' to the community.
24/06/2021 £31,359 £219,895 OPENING DOORS This two-year project supports adults with learning disabilities from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and surrounding areas, to develop and run their own Advocacy Group. Members have control of the group's focus, activities, topics covered and how they want the group to develop and run. They learn new skills, build their confidence and make friends in a supportive environment. The group supports them to access local services and speak up to their local MP and policy makers about issues that concern them in the community and effect positive change.
24/06/2021 £25,047 SOCIETY ALIVE This two-year project in Clover Hill, Norwich runs a community café bringing old and young people from the local area together. Participants come together fortnightly to prepare a three course meal from fresh ingredients, take part in arts and crafts and games, and share their knowledge and expertise in IT. The project offers a space where people of all ages, race, gender, sexuality and religion can meet, interact and befriend each other, supporting community integration and tackling loneliness. The cafe was requested by local people and is entirely run by volunteers who form sub committees responsible for different aspects of the project.
24/06/2021 £11,250 SWAN (SUPPORTING WOMEN, ACTIVITIES NETWORK) This two-year project continues to deliver a group run by women with lived experience of mental ill-health to support other women of all ages and ethnicities from North Norfolk to achieve improved mental health and wellbeing. There are classes with a mix of art and craft therapy activities, mental wellbeing sessions, and seated exercises. The sessions aim to reduce the social isolation experienced by the women, increasing their confidence to engage both within and outside of the group. Women are able to shape the project via weekly discussions and votes on proposed activities.
24/06/2021 £32,323 £155,855 WILLOW TREE This new two-year project provides people with additional needs in Great Yarmouth with the skills to run a community accessible shop and add pottery products as an additional line to their stock. The shop gives the participants a safe and supported environment to gain confidence and give back to the community. The project is for anyone with a physical or learning disability, mental health challenges or physical health challenges. The project enables the participants to lead a retail outlet at every level of the process. It supports them to learn and support the community, giving the participants purpose, aims, future hope and reduces social isolation.
24/06/2021 £30,934 WISBECH PROJECTS CIC This two-year project in the town of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire runs a programme of activities at a community hub, bringing together local older and younger people to socialise and share skills. Events include a series of local history talks and creative and digital activity sessions, including home craft skills, upcycling, using VR technology, online family history research and sharing photos and family stories. Local history knowledge gained from the talks inspires and informs the creative sessions and sparks conversations. Participants can join a monthly steering group meeting to share their ideas on the project.
22/06/2021 £39,864 £42,035 LEV ECHOD CANCER CARE This two-year project delivers a physical and virtual community hub which provides groups, activities and emotional support sessions for cancer patients and their families across the London Borough of Hackney. Within comfortable surroundings at the hub, which is open all day on Sundays, weekday evenings and additional times during holidays, attendees can relax and get to know others in similar situations. They benefit from peer support groups, advice and information sessions and workshops such as arts and crafts and attend a hairdressing salon for wig styling. Participants are able to influence project delivery in a range of ways including feedback at sessions, a suggestions box or via joining the steering group which will meet monthly.
15/06/2021 £33,360 SUGAR STEALERS CIC This 20-month project provides weekly workshops for women in Nottingham including wellbeing workshops, creative writing, storytelling, drawing, upcycling and mother and toddler activities. The participating women are of different ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. The project aims to provide them with skills, social connections, and peer support in an inclusive safe space. Participants also take on volunteer roles to help deliver the project.
15/06/2021 £31,650 £132,439 THE VINE COMMUNITY CENTRE LTD This 18-month project delivers a community-led coffee morning with a focus on wellbeing for older people (aged 55+) living in the Hyson Green area of Nottingham City. Activities run during the sessions include a ‘Tech Café’, basic seated exercises, therapeutic activities, bingo, and talks and demonstrations. Participants make new friends, support each other, and share their stories. They are involved in planning via evaluation sessions and an ideas board, and they support the running of the sessions and activities.
15/06/2021 £19,100 WILLOW LEARNING FOR LIFE LTD COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY This two-year project forms a culturally diverse eat-out group for adults with learning disabilities in Croydon, allowing them to organise social events, share their knowledge about cultural heritage, food, and welcoming local attractions, whilst forming friendship networks and going out to restaurants in the community. Participants plan and engage in fortnightly meals out and are trained as peer meet-up leaders. The project seeks to give adults with learning disabilities the chance to socialise in a supported setting, make friendships, and gain life skills.
01/06/2021 £40,000 £104,755 BRISTOL WOMEN'S VOICE This two-year project is developing a Woman’s Action Group for women with disabilities living in Bristol, including those with mental illnesses and with chronic less visible/hidden illnesses. The group meets monthly to identify objectives, such as more accessible transport or improved GP experiences for women with chronic pain, and then campaign for change on these issues. They also receive talks and training from external speakers, volunteering opportunities, and access to resources. The project is run by the women and enables peer support and personal goals to be set. It aims to increase confidence and positive mental health, reduce loneliness and isolation, and lead to positive change for disabled women in Bristol.
01/06/2021 £16,820 FAR FLUNG DANCE THEATRE C.I.C This one-year project delivers inclusive choir sessions in Plymouth, open to all but primarily aimed at those with accessibility needs such as disabled people, those with long-term health conditions, mental health challenges, and people who feel socially isolated. Participants benefit from singing and social sessions, online and when permitted, at a café, to connect with one another and build their confidence. Participants can have a say in all aspects of project delivery, including through a monthly steering group, and sessions are led by disabled practitioners.
01/06/2021 £35,700 FRIENDS OF ST PAUL'S LUXURIANCE This 16-month project delivers activities for the Black community in St Pauls area of Bristol. The project focuses on a Black curriculum provision for children, creative skills for young people and an enterprise development programme for black women, equipping them with the skills and confidence to set up their own business. Participants also build a sense of belonging and support with others. Participants meet monthly to shape the project.
01/06/2021 £29,078 £85,741 HONICKNOWLE COMMNET LTD This 19-month project delivers a weekly peer support group for families, particularly children with autism, ADHD and emotional needs, who live in and around Honicknowle, Plymouth. The project provides activities after school during term time such as sensory games. Additional activities take place during holiday periods, such as walks in the wild and pumpkin carving. The activities aim to facilitate peer support among the participants, who will shape the project through a monthly steering group.
01/06/2021 £33,097 £73,709 MANY MINDS A 22-month project for adults with experience of mental health issues in Bristol who may face barriers to engagement in social and creative activities. The project offers regular performance making workshops and three public performances each year. There are six member forums a year to bring people together to involve members in the strategy, shaping and delivery of the project and two members will be employed in new paid roles to deliver the workshop sessions. The wider public is engaged as audience members for public performances, thus increasing understanding and reducing stigma of mental health more widely.
01/06/2021 £24,623 MUMS4ACHANGE CIC A two-year project for mothers and female carers of children with additional needs in Plymouth. The project combines tailored coaching and creative group-work with the formation of a wider community of support for mothers and female carers. A series of 10-week groups feeds into regular meet-ups for everyone who has attended a group, leading to the creation of safe, supportive communities where participants can share their experiences openly and seek positive solutions to their challenges. Activities include mindfulness, creative activities (e.g. drawing, writing), discussions and sharing. Participants are able to shape the development of the project via feedback, discussions and by volunteering as Peer Facilitators.
01/06/2021 £25,826 £131,956 OASIS COMMUNITY HUB: NORTH BRISTOL This two-year project in the Lawrence Weston estate on the outskirts of Bristol supports a group of local 'change makers' to run three strands of activity - weekly sessions focusing on ‘Wellbeing’; ‘Environment’ where it is likely an allotment area will be used to grow fresh vegetables and support a community food club; and ‘Event’ which will plan and deliver a community event to bring the community together in celebration. There is also an overall steering group which meets monthly. The programme is led and delivered by residents who connect with other from across the estate and work together to create sustainable projects to benefit their community.
01/06/2021 £23,632 OPEN MINDS ACTIVE LTD This two-year project brings together local women from low income and Black and minority ethnic backgrounds, living in Knowle and Brislington area of Bristol to connect with nature through organised outdoor activities such as nature walks, mindfulness, outdoor yoga and wild swimming. Skilled facilitators and a peer mentoring model develop a sustainable programme to support mental health and wellbeing, reduce social isolation, and build confidence post-pandemic. The sessions offer mental health first aid support and facilitators signpost to specialised services as needed. Women feedback their ideas for the project through a WhatsApp group.
01/06/2021 £29,877 £232,554 PLYMOUTH HOPE This two-year project will support refugees and asylum seekers in Plymouth, Devon by including a wellbeing focus to a range of sports clubs, English language classes, youth sessions and social events. The idea has come from feedback from current participants who have been adversely affected by COVID19 and requested activities that would improve their mental health and their physical health. Participants shape the project through review meetings and are encouraged to become volunteers to support the delivery.
01/06/2021 £39,640 PLYMOUTH YOUTH SAILING CLUB This two-year project provides a range of accessible sailing-related activities in Plymouth, for people with disabilities who find it difficult to engage in physical or social activity. Sessions take place twice a week and include time for socialising and enable participation in an activity which is a large part of cultural life in Plymouth, thus reducing social isolation and improving mental health. Participants shape the activity on an ongoing basis by giving feedback at each session, through a monthly steering group and by some becoming part of the sailing club's wider management committee.
01/06/2021 £13,708 POLISH PARENT AND TODDLER COMMUNITY GROUP This 19-month project will support the running of an existing weekly toddler group for families from the Polish community living in Gloucester. Parents, carers and grandparents with children aged under five will come together for activities including indoor and outdoor play and arts and crafts. Support on health and wellbeing issues can be accesses from a Polish speaking advisor available at sessions or via phone and community events celebrating Polish Culture will welcome in residents from the wider community. The group helps families to tackle isolation, gain self-esteem and confidence and feel proud of their heritage, with the ultimate aim of supporting their integration into the wider community and reducing experiences of discrimination, especially due to Brexit. Parents volunteer to take on tasks at the weekly sessions, helping with activities and refreshments and feedback and ideas to shape the group are discussed at sessions or via social media.
01/06/2021 £24,076 £16,303 SAVANNAH DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION LTD This two-year project organises monthly discussion workshops and seminars for younger and older people from Black and Minoritized Ethnic communities living in Ashley Wards, Bristol. There are discussions on the long term effects of Covid-19 on their lives, families, friends and the impact on sociability, togetherness, worries, and fear and other topics such as cooking and healthcare. The project aims to create awareness, dispel fears, social/Covid-19 myths, mistrust, and virtual/online conspiracies in addition to bringing the community together and improving social connections and community cohesion. A group of participants form a Project Management Team and deliver the project with support from the organisation.
01/06/2021 £24,525 £19,258 SHIREHAMPTON COMMUNITY ACTION FORUM This 18 month project in Shirehampton, Bristol, provides a range of regular activities for local residents, such as door-to-door shopping trips for older people, walking groups, environmental projects including community clean-ups and planting projects, and community meetings open to all, such as a community safety action group and planning group. Activities are developed in response to a Community Action Plan which was compiled with the help of 500 local residents and participants provide feedback on an ongoing basis to steer them. The project also aims to improve health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation and loneliness, bringing participants together to work towards common goals to improve the area.
01/06/2021 £22,683 £118,723 STEPPING OUT THEATRE This 18-month project is an extension of an existing scheme run by Stepping Out Theatre. It delivers music workshops and a range of other musical activities to long-term mental health service users in Bristol, including small group tuition and the opportunity to perform live. The project offers a safe space for participants to connect with others in their community and where they can build a supportive social network, confidence, and self-esteem as well as creative and life skills. Participants are able to shape the sessions through regular feedback.
13/05/2021 £27,430 £250,776 DIVERSITY MATTERS NORTH WEST This two-year project provides a weekly Women's Hub for women from the Bangladeshi community in Hyde, Greater Manchester. The Hub is a safe space for women to meet with their peers and take part in activities that the group selects. There are also holiday sessions with a focus on fostering positive intergenerational links. The project aims to empower and enable participants to create their own culturally sensitive and accessible hub from which they can gain skills, build confidence, and make friendships. Some of the women will be recruited and trained as volunteers and others shape the project via focus group meetings.
06/05/2021 £36,670 BREAKING BARRIERS BUILDING BRIDGES This two-year project supports the establishment of a ‘Community Café’ at the Radford Methodist Church in Nottingham. The cafe provides a central hub for the community and a regular meeting place for local people who, for any reason, experience isolation. The café opens two days a week with regular activities including a coffee morning, toddler group, women’s craft group and a movement session. Volunteers also cook and serve a simple lunch with a focus on sharing recipes and skills and there will be access to advice and computers. The Café is a space where different cultures from the community can mix and local people volunteer to run the activities as well as have a say in suggesting new ideas.
06/05/2021 £37,191 £278,111 EPIC PARTNERS This two-year project in the Sneinton and St Ann's areas of Nottingham delivers opportunities for children aged 6-14 to take part in creative and educational projects to benefit their local community, such as promoting or collecting food for a foodbank, or delivering activities for disabled people or people with additional needs. Participants develop community awareness, teamwork, and problem solving skills. The activities are decided on and developed by participants at sessions and through weekly steering groups, and they foster in the young people a pride and respect for their community through creating positive social change.
06/05/2021 £38,457 FOOD & EDUCATION ENTERPRISE CIC This two-year project continues and expands a programme of activities for refugees from Persian-speaking backgrounds living in Derby. Sessions will include language support, cultural cooking workshops, and arts & crafts. The project aims to increase social connectedness amongst the refugees and with the wider community. Participants will shape the project via regular feedback opportunities after sessions and during monthly focus group meetings, and by taking on volunteering roles.
06/05/2021 £36,380 £24,318 GOOD COMPANIONS This two-year project in and around the Clifton Estate in Nottingham supports older people to tackle isolation, maintain contact and develop friendships both face to face and online. Participants are encouraged to join the Monday and Friday friendship groups to play bingo, organise activities and trips, and make new friends. These weekly groups are supplemented with telephone, text and Zoom chats, as well as home visits for those unable to attend due to illness, mobility issues, or mental health conditions. Participants helped to develop the original idea and are able to shape the project as it runs.
06/05/2021 £27,780 OFFSHOOTS EAST MIDLANDS CIC This 18-month project enables young people aged 16 -25 from Nottingham who have experienced issues with mental health to attend workshops to create content for a monthly podcast which is designed to connect community members of different ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. The idea has come from young people who wanted to create their own podcasts after attending a masterclass on radio and podcasts during lockdown and they lead all aspects of the project.
06/05/2021 £25,173 £106,979 REFUGEE ROOTS This two-year project provides two weekly groups for asylum seekers and refugees in the city of Nottingham. One group will be for women only, while the other is open to all. Each week there will be opportunities to learn English from volunteer English teachers alongside activities such as flower arranging, arts and crafts, and talks. Once a month, the groups will cook and eat together. The group originally grew out of work with the community and participants have regular opportunities to shape the project’s ongoing development. The aim of the work is to enable people to come together to improve their wellbeing and social links.
06/05/2021 £29,994 SEND PROJECT This two-year project runs a weekly youth club for young people with the support of local volunteers. It provides positive activity sessions, pastoral support, and a youth forum to the young people aged 10 to 17 years old in Sneinton, in the suburbs of Nottingham, along with development training for the volunteers supporting the project. The young people make friends, learn new skills and engage in sports, dance, cooking, arts, and music for fun and social interaction. The idea came from the young people and local volunteers who develop and shape the project as it runs, choosing activities and planning trips for which they have their own budgets, as well as taking part in monthly forums.
06/05/2021 £14,132 SUMMERWOOD LANE COMMUNITY GARDEN This previously funded two-year project is for a self-run group for older people living in Clifton, an urban suburb of Nottingham, who have been shielding and do not have a garden. They meet monthly, prepare lunch together using ingredients harvested from the garden, and do gardening activities to enhance the garden’s wildlife value and improve their physical and mental health. The community garden offers an outdoor space to socialise safely. Participants choose tools to ensure accessibility for all, learn new skills, plan, and run an Open Day.
06/05/2021 £39,976 £32,130 WINDMILL COMMUNITY GARDENS This two-year project aims to revive Windmill Community Gardens based in inner-city Nottingham, following a year of reduced capacity. It will engage local volunteers from diverse backgrounds in building an educational building that will provide shelter in bad weather. Reviving the community garden is a key to bringing people together, combatting loneliness and isolation, and empowering those at a social disadvantage and volunteers will lead all aspects of the project.
29/04/2021 £38,570 £63,978 SV2G - ST.VINCENT & THE GRENADINES 2ND GENERATION This two-year project supports the African-Caribbean and Indian-Caribbean community in the Castlefield and Downley areas of High Wycombe who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Using steelpan instruments the project brings young people and the older generation together for intergenerational activities weekly and fortnightly music workshops. There are also a series of community conversations to give residents a voice in order to challenge access to services, discrimination and influence positive community action and change. Bi-monthly focused groups create a space for testimonies, sharing experiences and healing. Participants learn and develop new skills and increase their confidence and wellbeing, tackling anxiety, isolation, depression, and other mental health issues which have increased during the pandemic.
30/03/2021 £33,671 DIVERSE ACTIVE C.I.C A two-year project to deliver weekly social meet ups and online support for new and expectant mums of all ages across St Helens in Merseyside. Activities include buggy walks, coffee meet-ups, text chat groups, private social media groups and celebration events. The aim is to bring mums together to connect, share experiences, provide support and reassurance, develop friendships and improve mental wellbeing. Volunteers will be trained to lead and shape the future development of the project thereby creating a sustainable impact.
30/03/2021 £33,050 MADE BY MORTALS This two-year project brings together isolated older people who may be experiencing mental/physical health needs, living in Ashton-under-Lyne, to make new friends, strengthen existing connections, build self-confidence, and improve wellbeing via fun, musical theatre activities. Participants work alongside skilled drama facilitators and musicians to create and record a series of entertaining musical podcasts. These are shared digitally and through live ‘listening parties’ for invited families, strengthening bonds between generations and neighbours. Participants build confidence and take on co-leadership roles and shape the project via a steering group.
30/03/2021 £35,847 £69,439 MANCHESTER CONGOLESE ORGANISATION LTD (MACO) This two-year project expands on existing provision and delivers recreational activities for people aged 50+ from the local African community, including refugees and asylum seekers, living in Manchester. Weekly Saturday sessions held at the Crossley Community centre in Gorton, offer activities including, physical activity, community gatherings, socialising with music, singing, dance and art and a Cultural forum for intergenerational debates to exchange skills, experience and knowledge with others. There are also outreach, advocacy and support to enable participants to access services and employment. Participants come together to tackle isolation and solitude, including as a result of language barriers, and have a say in the planning and delivery of the project through evaluation sessions and a steering group.
30/03/2021 £13,040 OMG4U CIC This two-year project improves the all-round health of children and their families in Wigan by organising family dodgeball and social events to improve family cohesion and expand social networks. The idea has come from young people and is supported by parents. Members of the group shape the project through a steering group and focus groups.
30/03/2021 £35,280 PHANTASMAGORIA CIC This two-year project creates a safe, supportive space where women from Tameside who have experienced domestic abuse including coercive control come together each week to take part in craft activities and learn new skills. Participants use their learning to create product ranges to sell in the Phantasmagoria shop and /or create installations, workshops, and events for the public. Sessions include time for socialising over a brew as well as deciding on future activities and through working together on shared goals the women develop social links and build confidence, helping them to tackle anxiety, poor mental health and social isolation and recover from abuse.
30/03/2021 £29,860 ROLL MODEL YOUTH AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CIC The two-year project delivers outreach youth sessions using an activity bus to provide a range of activities, sport, and support for young people at two outdoor locations in St Helens. Sessions are tailored to meet the needs of young people in each area through their feedback and provide opportunities for them to plan the sessions. The outreach sessions allow the young people to socialise and expand their social networks.
30/03/2021 £35,640 THE VALE (KNOWN AS VALE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION) This two-year project delivers a range of activities for residents who live near The Vale; an arts facility in Mossley, Tameside. The project particularly focuses on engaging isolated older people, families on low incomes, and unemployed adults. Activities include gardening, DIY, drop-in social sessions with creative workshops, and volunteering days to take on major renovation/outdoor projects, culminating in creating a garden in The Vale's grounds for the whole community. There are also be celebration events open to all. The ideas have come about through consultation with local people, some of whom were already actively engaged with The Vale. The project aims to address social isolation which is one of the biggest challenges in the area, and to harness local people's appetite to volunteer and give something back to the community. Participants shape delivery via feedback slots at every session and they is also a steering group which meets quarterly and the possibility of also joining The Vale's management committee.
30/03/2021 £40,000 £76,044 WIGAN & LEIGH PEOPLE FIRST A two-year project enabling people with learning disabilities in Wigan to increase their connectedness. The project supports people to connect despite Covid-19, delivering weekly sessions that offer peer social networking, wellbeing support, and digital skills development to combat the growing digital divide which has been identified for this group. The sessions also offer a degree of community outreach, enabling participants to be more aware of opportunities in the community. Participants have the opportunity to further develop and shape this work through providing feedback during sessions and participating in a steering group.
30/03/2021 £34,780 YARAN NORTHWEST CIC This two-year project provides regular support groups for the Farsi-speaking community living in Manchester, including those who are refugees or seeking asylum. There is a weekly group where participants can get support, advice, and information to help them with day to day living, enable them to share issues and manage their integration into UK society. There are also social get-togethers to celebrate their cultural heritage including community events in which the wider Manchester community can take part. Participants are also able to access counselling support. The aim of the programme is to provide a space for this community to come together, tackle isolation, improve mental health and start to build a new life in the UK. Participants are involved in all stages of development and delivery including through volunteering roles.
24/03/2021 £22,378 £133,646 TIKVA This two-year project delivers regular culturally appropriate activities for (largely female) Orthodox Jewish parent-carers of adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities from Hackney and the neighbouring borough of Haringey. Activities, including aerobics, yoga and art therapy sessions will offer a chance for respite from caring responsibilities and to get together with others for peer support, to be heard and understood and to help manage stress and prevent burnout. The idea for the project has been developed from feedback and focus groups and participants will be able to continue to shape the project by giving feedback verbally and through further focus groups and questionnaires.
17/03/2021 £25,868 £167,806 BE FREE YOUNG CARERS This two-year project provides a monthly youth group for young carers in Abingdon and Didcot who are isolated due to their caring roles. Activities are chosen by participants and include crafts, life skills, or mental health self-help. There will also be online sessions where the young people will be able to interact with each other as well as to take part in activities. The project aims to create a safe environment where they can both interact with others in similar situations and actively help plan the project, thereby building confidence, self-esteem, and social skills.
17/03/2021 £31,512 £93,155 BLACKBIRD LEYS ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND This two-year project enables families from the Blackbird Leys housing estate in Oxford to benefit from adventure playground facilities on the first Saturday of the month. Families have access to a place where they can enjoy being together in a safe environment with staff on hand to listen. The playground provides families with space to relax and discover the joy of being outside together. Different physical challenges will be set each month to provide a fun chance for whole families to enter and be involved together. The space includes access to the adjacent school playing field for rounders and other games. Participants are encouraged to give feedback on the sessions in order to shape development of the programme of activities.
17/03/2021 £27,115 KHALSA YOUTH FOOTBALL ACADEMY This two-year project delivers weekly activities for children and adults with learning difficulties and complex special needs living in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire. Sessions include physical exercise development programmes, interactive workshops and monthly forums on Zoom. A group of existing young mentees support qualified trainers to run the project and deliver sessions, which will give them the opportunity to develop new skills and gain further qualifications. Families of the participants with special needs also benefit by receiving expert support and advice through one-to-one and small face-to-face group sessions alongside weekly virtual support sessions. The project aims to reduce isolation and increase connectivity amongst children and adults with special needs. Participants shape the project via monthly focus group meetings.
17/03/2021 £36,000 £46,443 LEYS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE This existing two-year project builds on previous provision and deliver a range of youth activities at the Blackbird Leys Community Centre hall for children and young people aged 9 to 25, living in the Blackbird Leys estate, in Oxford. There are three youth groups; open access youth club, Vision Transition Group that will focus on the transition into adulthood, and Young Women’s Group to provide a space where young women are supported to safely explore issues of their choosing to raise aspirations, develop skills, confidence, and self-esteem. The project is youth-led through participation in the Youth Management Committee.
17/03/2021 £13,472 MAYMESSY CIC This two-year project provides workshops for refugee women in Oxford who want to set up their own food-related businesses. Sessions cover areas of business support such as social media and marketing, setting up business in a farmer’s market, along with support with English and cultural differences as the women all have English as a second language. The project offers the opportunity for the women to get together with others in a similar situation and with similar interests in food and to build friendships, support each other and tackle social isolation. The idea has come from the participants who choose topics to be covered at the monthly sessions.
17/03/2021 £38,347 £78,851 OXFORD CITY FARM This two-year project builds on existing work to create a range of activities to support members of the Rose Hill community in Oxford that has been significantly affected by Covid-19. There are two groups: Growing Together, a weekly lunchtime drop-in sessions targeted at adults from various ethnic communities and Families Growing Together, a monthly family session, including multiple generations. The participants have the opportunity to engage with tailored activities, access fresh food grown and prepared on-site, and spend time together over a shared meal.
10/03/2021 £39,927 £37,239,000 ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE This one-year project is supporting a resident-led Project Development Group and three resident-led Community Centre Groups to become sustainable, constituted groups which can provide a range of activities for people aged 50+ in Hadley, Leegomery and Ketley in Telford. The project delivers social activities including coffee clubs, creative writing, arts projects, exercise groups and wellbeing cafes. Project volunteers receive training and support, building on the success of the existing volunteer programme. Regular activities give local people the opportunity to meet others, build friendships, and work together on shared goals.
10/03/2021 £49,397 £37,239,000 ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE This one-year project focuses on priorities identified by residents in Bretton, Peterborough. It aims to provide sustainable activities for older people, and to ensure that residents’ voices are heard and included in plans for Bretton Park. Participants come together in three community-led groups. A Steering Group oversees the overall project development, the Older Peoples’ Network group coordinates activities for social housing residents, and Bretton Park Group works collaboratively with other local groups who have a stake in the development of the Park, so that residents have a collective and stronger voice. Participants also work together to strengthen social bonds in the local community.
10/03/2021 £39,924 £37,239,000 ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE This one-year project supports residents of Barnham Cross estate in Thetford, Norfolk to deliver a range of accessible social activities including arts and crafts, exercise, support groups and a wellbeing fayre. Residents are also be supported to campaign to bring changes to infrastructure and businesses, improving access to make Thetford accessible for all. All activities include time for socialising, enabling participants to make new friends and build their own local support networks. A steering group of local people lead the project, guided by feedback and input from residents and participants.
10/03/2021 £39,844 £37,239,000 ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE This one-year project runs a multi-activity community hub for older people in Biddulph. The Hub runs from two venues in the town, hosting activities such as arts and crafts, traditional games, and table tennis. It also provides IT support for beginners, genealogy classes and local service signposting, and a community café drop-in. The project is managed by an organising group made up of local residents and volunteers support the running of activities. Participants build connections with other local residents who they may otherwise not have met and form new friendships, enabling them to grow in confidence and self-esteem.
10/03/2021 £39,892 £37,239,000 ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE This one-year project supports Arbroath residents to run and make sustainable a range of activities for older people. This includes a singing group, social dining, Nordic walking, and seated exercise. Activities take place at Russell Square, a community space and venue owned by a local housing trust. A community steering group made up of local residents oversees the project development. The aim is for the group to become an independent organisation that can run the venue and make it available to other groups in the community. Through participation in the steering group and regular activities, participants build social networks and work collectively to develop the community venue.
10/03/2021 £39,958 £36,322,000 SCOPE This one-year project continues to engage disabled people and their families in Southend to reduce isolation by getting together regularly to talk, meet new people, share experiences, hear from local service providers and raise issues that affect them. Activities such as yoga, art and a support group focus on wellbeing and community skill building while providing support for members to develop and lead on plans for activities.
10/03/2021 £39,457 £36,322,000 SCOPE This one-year project continues to engage disabled people and their families in South Ockendon in Thurrock to reduce isolation by getting together regularly to talk, meet new people, share experiences, hear from local service providers and raise issues that affect them. Activities such as cooking sessions and stress relief focus on wellbeing and community skill building while providing support for members to develop and lead on plans for activities.
10/03/2021 £39,997 £36,322,000 SCOPE This one-year project continues to engage disabled people and their families in Brighton to reduce isolation by getting together regularly to talk, meet new people, share experiences, hear from local service providers, and raise issues that affect them. Activities such as film clubs, art workshops and peer support focus on wellbeing and community skill building while providing support for members to develop and lead on plans for activities.
10/03/2021 £39,993 £36,322,000 SCOPE This one-year project continues to engage disabled people and their families in Hove to reduce isolation by getting together regularly to talk, meet new people, share experiences, hear from local service providers and raise issues that affect them. Activities such as walkabouts and nature and growing sessions, focus on wellbeing and community skill building while providing support for members to develop and lead on plans for activities.
10/03/2021 £39,080 £36,322,000 SCOPE This one-year project continues to engage disabled people and their families in Kings Lynn and Downham Market to reduce isolation by getting together regularly to talk, meet new people, share experiences, hear from local service providers and raise issues that affect them. Activities such as wheelchair dance and yoga focus on wellbeing and community skill building while providing support for members to develop and lead on plans for activities.
04/03/2021 £39,928 £37,239,000 ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE This one-year project supports local residents to run a range of activities for older people in Boston. The activities include arts and crafts, Zumba, singing group and Qigong. A Community Steering Group oversees the development of the project, link smaller activity groups together and offer support to secure funding, find venues and work better together. Participating in regular activities and having the opportunity to volunteer alongside other residents will also encourage stronger social connections to develop.
03/02/2021 £13,888 £112,677 ACTIVITEENS The two-year project delivers puppetry sessions for young people (girls) from the Orthodox Jewish Community in Hackney to develop their drama skills and create their puppets as well as game sessions to build friendships. The young people shape the project through a Steering Group that will influence the activities that are delivered. The project aims to reduce isolation and build self–confidence by providing activities in a culturally appropriate environment.
03/02/2021 £20,000 £74,451 BARKING & DAGENHAM PROGRESS PROJECT This two-year project continues to engage disabled young people in Barking and Dagenham in planning, organising, and promoting the International Day of Disabled People (IDDP) event while expanding the project to include a community programme to deliver cultural/educational outings, training, health, and developmental opportunities, as well as a new summer event. The young people’s forum manage the project and events and all participants connect with each other and non-disabled people socially and the annual event brings the whole community together.
03/02/2021 £32,502 £18,957 CENTRAL AFRICAN YOUTH IN ENFIELD - CAYE This 22-month project delivers weekly sessions for participants from the African French-speaking community in Enfield. Parents can attend peer support sessions, addressing barriers and issues they face, and children and young people can participate in music making sessions. Participants build connections with their peers and develop their confidence to take a greater role in the community. They give regular feedback and can also get involved in the steering group which takes a lead role in designing sessions.
03/02/2021 £38,646 £205,538 FACE FRONT INCLUSIVE THEATRE LIMITED This two-year project continues to bring together and support a group of adults from Edmonton and surrounding areas in Enfield, London, who have a range of disabilities including learning difficulties, sensory impairments, physical disabilities, and mental ill-health. It provides a weekly performing arts club where they create plays on issues that affect/interest them and which also show what disabled people can achieve as well as the barriers that they face. There will be public performances of the play at the end of the first year. Participants shape the project via a steering committee which includes representatives from the group.
03/02/2021 £18,450 £91,660 HIGHLIGHTS This one-year project provides a safe and positive outlet for young people (girls) aged 11-12 from Stamford Hill in Hackney, London, who have limited opportunities to develop their creative talents. There are weekly dance sessions and weekly creative arts activities, such as painting, and culminates in a presentation and performance day for the participants’ friends and family. Volunteers – who are previous participants – work closely with the young people, supporting them to lead the project, and also receive leadership training. The project aims to foster strong connections between local young people and their peers.
03/02/2021 £28,000 JAZANNE ARTS CIC This two-year project trains and facilitates volunteer older people to deliver a programme of arts activities for other older people living with dementia at the Parker Day Centre in Edmonton, Enfield. Activities include sharing memories through reminiscence sessions using objects, photos, music, and film and will be tailored to what participants have said they wanted. The sessions run every other week with follow up activities for staff to run in between, and participants share their achievements with friends and family three times a year. The project addresses the social isolation, lack of meaningful activities, low self-esteem and age-related discrimination experienced by day centre attendees.
03/02/2021 £20,000 £20,878 LIGHTHOUSE - SUPPORTING WOMEN THROUGH STORMY TIMES This two-year project aims to provide respite and peer support for vulnerable women and their children living in Hackney, who have experienced a family breakup and divorce, and face a range of challenging circumstances, including financial instability, housing difficulties, social isolation, and emotional trauma. The project is user-led, every family will have the opportunity to organise and run the project for a month. Activities include parenting and relationship workshops, support group therapy sessions, exercise, massage, art therapy, and children’s activity club.
03/02/2021 £38,024 £198,208 ONE-TO-ONE (ENFIELD) This two-year project brings people in Enfield with learning disabilities together for social support and emotional wellbeing. Participants are able to get together at weekly sessions to address issues of concern, with a particular emphasis on health and wellbeing and access to the community, addressing both physical and virtual barriers to inclusion. It aims to enable participants to build connections with their peers and feel less isolated. A council of elected representatives ensures that the project reflects the needs and wishes of their fellow participants.
03/02/2021 £14,760 £30,983 REDBRIDGE EDUCATION & SOCIAL WELFARE SUPPORT GROUP (AWAAZ - VOICE OF WOMEN) This one-year project provides an opportunity for women from Redbridge to come together weekly to socialise and take part in different activities such as sewing, mindfulness and exercise. Women lead and shape the activities which supports them to take ownership of the project, grow in confidence, and learn new skills. Participants build new friendships and connections which enable them to support one another and reduces isolation.
03/02/2021 £33,832 £182,185 SKILLS AND TRAINING NETWORK This two-year project delivers a user-led, peer-to-peer support social club for women from Black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee backgrounds living in Edmonton. Participants meet regularly to engage in recreational activities such as exercise and handicrafts. Sessions provide a respectful, safe, inclusive, and welcoming space for women who are often disenfranchised from the wider community and mainstream services, enabling them to develop friendships within a diverse setting, prevent social isolation, and improve their self-esteem/confidence to engage better within the wider community. Participants agree activities as a group and work together to shape the future direction of the project.
03/02/2021 £15,940 £88,991 SUNBEAMS LONDON LTD This one-year project provides emotional wellbeing support for vulnerable Orthodox Jewish girls, age 9-16 living in Stamford Hill, Hackney. Using fun and engaging art activities, a five-part programme and with support from a volunteer lead, the project addresses issues like bereavement, poor mental health or social difficulties and provide opportunity for the girls to speak out, share experiences and get help building social skills, emotional resilience, and healthy relationships.
03/02/2021 £20,000 £140,926 TEEN ACTION This one-year project establishes a weekly, culturally appropriate arts and crafts club for young women aged 15-19 from the Orthodox Jewish community living in the Stamford Hill area of Hackney, London. Activities will include hairstyling, floristry, pyrography, and making confectionary. The group will tackle social isolation and build cohesion within the diverse Orthodox Jewish community. Participants shape the project via a focus group which meet every other month with the organisation’s Youth Advisory Group.
03/02/2021 £10,074 £67,325 THE SONSHINE CLUB This 15-month project provides a peer-support group for parents who have children with disabilities who live in Hackney; there will be a focus on parents of children with autism. The monthly meetings are a chance for parents to hear from professional speakers, as well as take part in restorative and fun activities such as yoga. Any learning or feedback from the meetings are shared with other local support organisations working with this target group. The sessions enable parents to gain support, understanding and friendship from other people who are experiencing similar challenges.
03/02/2021 £10,626 £40,540 TOOLS 4 TEENS This one-year project provides a weekly drama club for young people (girls) aged 12-16 living in Clapton in Hackney, London. The club is led by the young participants, facilitated by a professional Arts Instructor, and focuses on role-playing, which the young people have chosen as a way of giving them a voice, finding a creative outlet for the challenges they experience, and building their life skills and confidence. The sessions also enable young people to tackle isolation and build friendships. Participants shape delivery via a steering group and monthly discussions with the Project Coordinator.
03/02/2021 £18,320 TOUCHBASE CARE CIC This two-year project continues to provide a platform for adults from Folkestone and Hythe with multiple disabilities (including learning disabilities, autism, and sensory impairments) to access performing arts workshops. Activities are delivered both online and in-person in Folkestone and offer members fun, engaging and creative workshops and the opportunity to work together to produce two annual public performances, co-produced by the group and showcasing skills developed from the project. Members come together to tackle isolation and build self-esteem and wellbeing. The project aims to tackle the inadequate representation of people with disabilities in the performing arts, showcase member’s creative abilities and have a positive impact in the wider community by challenging perceptions and showing what people with disabilities can do. Links will be built both between members and with the wider creative community in the area.
28/01/2021 £32,983 THE HILL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST This two-year project provides weekly social activities for young people and older people, as well as monthly community steering meetings to identify and address community needs. Sessions for younger and older people take place at the same time to encourage the development of intergenerational connections in the neighbourhood. Steering meetings provide an opportunity for the community to engage with the project, and participants are encouraged to take ownership of sessions.
20/01/2021 £27,960 £178,836 ADVICE SUPPORT KNOWLEDGE INFORMATION This two-year project delivers social activity sessions three times per week for people aged 70+ from Black, Asian, and Minoritized Ethnic communities in Thornton Heath, Croydon. The activities bring isolated older people together, increasing their confidence as they re-connect with others. A Project Advisory Group of participants oversee the project and ensure it reflects participant interests and feedback.
20/01/2021 £26,932 £399,123 ASIAN RESOURCE CENTRE OF CROYDON This two-year project will continue to run community coffee gatherings for older women and men from the Asian community living in Croydon. Activities will include fortnightly community-chat sessions and digital sessions. A Project Advisory Group of participants will meet weekly to plan and shape the project. The project will enable people to stay connected during Covid-19 and “laugh, learn and celebrate together”.
20/01/2021 £22,750 £40,203 BANOODA AID FOUNDATION This two-year project delivers wellbeing, learning and training sessions for single parents from Somali and other minority ethnic backgrounds living in Acton Vale, London. The project aims to build confidence and employability skills, and in doing so support participants to build friendships and support networks, tackle isolation and promote integration with the wider community. A project committee of participants organises activities and ensures that participant feedback is collected and used to shape the project.
20/01/2021 £20,537 BRENT PARENT CARER FORUM CIC This two-year project provides opportunities for parents of children or young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the London Borough of Brent to come together online (and in person when possible) and take part in a range of activities, to learn new skills, relax and have fun whilst providing mutual support. These include basic IT, mindfulness, yoga, art therapy and family craft sessions. Parents forge stronger links and friendships with others in their community to help tackle the isolation that they can experience. The organisation is run by parent-carers and a group of Parent Champions and participants have the opportunity to feedback on the activities via questionnaires and focus groups.
20/01/2021 £26,619 CHALKHILL COMMUNITY ACTION This two-year project provides a safe and welcoming space for local women of different backgrounds, ages, and cultures from the Chalkhill Estate in Wembley. It enables them to meet on a regular basis to have fun together and learn from each other. Activities include sharing skills, swapping stories, inviting guest speakers, taking part in exercise, and organising and then participating in outings. The activities will build the women’s self-esteem, improve their mental health, and help combat isolation. A committee of participants meet regularly to oversee and plan the project.
20/01/2021 £9,900 £16,608 COMMUNITY ACTION ON DEMENTIA – BRENT This one-year project provides a weekly peer support and activity session for people living with dementia living across the borough of Brent, followed by a shared meal. Participants have access to a dedicated Project worker who can connect with them to address any specific issues they may have - ranging from navigating the benefits system, to domestic violence, loneliness, medical concerns. The sessions aims to create a sense of community for individuals feeling particularly isolated due to Covid, and to help reduce some of the stresses felt as a result of unequal access to NHS/Adult Social Care services.
20/01/2021 £24,831 £30,564 CROYDON PEOPLE FIRST This two-year project extends existing work by bringing people with a learning disability together for monthly sessions: one mixed and two new smaller men's and women's groups, which enables people to discuss topics important to and chosen by them, and to have a stronger voice, and be heard and understood. Spending time with peers also provides the opportunity to reconnect with and make new friends with similar interests, thus boosting participants’ confidence and self-esteem. A steering group of participants meets quarterly to ensure the project stays on track and responds to the needs and wishes of the rest of the participants.
20/01/2021 £25,534 £180,345 EDUCATION & SKILLS DEVELOPMENT GROUP (ESDEG) This existing two-year project aims to relieve isolation of refugee elders living in Southall and nearby neighbourhoods through weekly lunch club sessions at the Southall Resource Centre, London and one-to-one support for elders living alone or in family households, such as, shopping and advice. The project also advises families and service providers about the best ways to support elders. It decreases the elder’s social isolation, increases their social networks and connections with other people. Participants are involved in shaping the activities and session.
20/01/2021 £23,505 JAGS FOUNDATION COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY This 18-month project provides peer-support meetings and skills development workshops for parents and carers living in North and East Croydon who have suffering a bereavement as a result of violent crime, are affected by untreated trauma and / or who are concerned about the day-to-day safety of children and rising levels of youth violence. Parents who often feel unheard and judged on their parenting skills and who are unlikely to access statutory services for help and support, have the opportunity to come together with others, tackle isolation and build networks across communities with the aim to strengthen their voice within their communities, get support to engage with local councillors and the police and develop strategies to make their communities safer. Local parents have identified this urgent need within their communities and shape the project through building confidence, skills and working with other to collectively address common concerns.
20/01/2021 £37,278 £101,524 LONDON TIGERS LTD This two-year project delivers an initiative for families from the Bangladeshi community in Southall to participate in culturally sensitive and welcoming sports sessions, tailored to different target groups. The project also provides signposting and advice for participants. The overall aims of the project are to support hard to reach Bangladeshi families to become more active and connected with the local community, giving them a way of taking part in activities that will connect them, and give them the confidence and pathways to forge their own future networks. A steering committee of participant volunteers shapes the project, meeting every three months.
20/01/2021 £32,920 £159,856 SUPPORT U LTD This two-year project continues and expands existing Trust-funded activity offering support, peer to peer networking and socialising groups for people of all ages from the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities living in the Thames Valley. The groups provide a safe environment to build connections with others in similar circumstances, for a community which can face social isolation and segregation by their peers, family and often friends solely as a result of who they love. Staff also provide 1:1 check-ins for members who may otherwise not be able to access the social interactions. The project promotes social inclusion and integration and aims to stamp out homophobia through holistic support, advice and guidance and the removal of perceptive barriers and stereotypes which cause isolation and segregation of LGBT People in the Thames Valley. Participants continue to drive the agenda, shape the sessions, and provide regular feedback through a range of mechanisms.
28/10/2020 £15,000 £63,568 CYMER AFAN COMMUNITY LIBRARY This 18-month project that is reviving activities at Cymer Afan Community Library, in the Upper Afan Valley following the disruption of Covid-19. A range of sessions catering for local people of all ages will bring people together again and help to rebuild the library as the multi-functional hub at the centre of the community. The aim is that local people who attend for one activity, such as to borrow books or attend a coffee morning or film screening will then become aware of the wider offering and get involved in other things at the library. The library is community run and led and many activities will be run by volunteers with all participants having a chance to shape activity through formal surveys and more informally through conversations and in the sessions.
25/09/2020 £37,118 £16,220 WALSALL BANGLADESHI PROGRESSIVE SOCIETY This two-year project enables older people aged 50+ to work together and learn new skills by producing a community newsletter highlighting positive stories about the local neighbourhood, as well as take part in weekly workshops to support them to use new technology and build job and interview skills. The project is aimed at all community members aged 50+ who are unemployed / low waged and living in Pleck, a borough of Walsall. The project provides an opportunity to get out of the house and make new friends and helps participants to feel happier and gain confidence and self-esteem. It is hoped that members will form their own project committee and the group will eventually become self-sustaining.
21/09/2020 £30,977 £42,107 BRACKENWOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION A two-year project to create a community run café in Brackenwood, a small estate in Leeds. The work brings together local residents as volunteers and café attendees and encourages participation across generations and from various backgrounds. Local residents have the chance to improve social connections, improve confidence, undertake relevant catering work experience, and meet new friends. The café is run on a “pay as you feel” basis to make it accessible to everyone. A steering group of local people helps determine the development and future direction of the project.
21/09/2020 £26,620 CLOTH CAT STUDIOS This two-year project recruits volunteers who receive donations of second-hand or broken musical instruments and equipment along with CDs and vinyl. The volunteers are trained to repair and refurbish the items which are then donated to people in need. There is also an internet presence for sales. The project works with unemployed people from Leeds including Hyde Park, Little London, Bramley, Armley, Holbeck and Beeston. There is a participatory approach to organising the project and quarterly meetings.
21/09/2020 £25,451 £343,596 GETAWAY GIRLS This two-year project brings together younger and older women living in Harehills on a weekly basis, with the aim of building connections, understanding and cultural awareness whilst developing social action projects that will strengthen their community. The women participating come from a very diverse range of backgrounds and attend sessions that are focused on sharing ideas and skills, participating in further training to build capacity, and working together to create lasting change. Participants can be part of monthly 'voice and influence' sessions, that enable them to shape the project as it develops and maintain ownership.
21/09/2020 £34,599 £27,380 GRASSROOTS ENTERPRISE FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION AND POVERTY RELIEF/GESIPR This two-year project provides weekly support for unemployed migrant women from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who live in the Beeston and Harehills neighbourhoods of Leeds who want to talk about their sexual and mental health needs but find it challenging to express themselves in English. They will establish a safe space and network to help them feel more confident to receive the support they need, and participants will have the opportunity to help run the group by taking on specific roles and engaging in regular planning meetings. They will form new social networks and support each other, improving their self-confidence and English language skills, and promoting their mental and sexual health and general wellbeing.
21/09/2020 £14,977 £77,135 GWYNFI MINERS COMMUNITY HALL This one-year project will see the development of some existing services as well as some new activities offered at Gwynfi Miners Community Hall in the Afan Valley in Wales. These include a rambling club, a Men's Shed (a space for craftwork and social interaction), a junior cinema, and African drumming workshops. The intention is to utilise the community hall, its outside spaces, and a local school's games area and, at the same time, to reduce isolation among the community.
21/09/2020 £20,000 £133,843 HAWKSWORTH OLDER PEOPLE SUPPORT SERVICES HOPS LTD A two-year project providing tea and chat social sessions for people aged 60+ in the Hawksworth Wood Estate in Leeds. The work reaches out to those not previously engaged in the work of HOPS, encouraging them to connect with their local community. Participants shape the direction of the project via regular opportunities for feedback.
21/09/2020 £11,360 KICKING FOR GRASSROOTS CIC This two-year project provides small group activities each week for isolated men in the Middleton area of Leeds, particularly those experiencing mental health issues. It encourages men to come together in small groups to make new friends and community connections. The activities are be chosen by the participants and include trips.
21/09/2020 £37,468 KUSHY DIL (HAPPY HEART) WOMENS GROUP This two-year project provides a space for local Bangladeshi women in the Beeston area of Leeds to explore their cultural identity through creating art, culminating in four exhibitions. In addition to the regular sessions, participants go on trips to local places of cultural interest. The project addresses the social isolation many group members experience and is multi-generational; women from three different community groups are involved, including those from a youth group and from an older women's group. Participants are actively involved in developing the project as it continues, through regular feedback and via a monthly steering group.
21/09/2020 £33,639 LEEDS MUSLIM YOUTH FORUM The project provides a peer support group and space for young people from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds living in the Harehills district of Leeds, including indigenous young people, those from migrant communities who have been here for several decades and those more recently arrived. They come together to address tensions and racist discrimination they experience, through training and support, activities, discussions, and an outreach programme. The project is led by the young people's working group which plan, develop, and deliver the project. The young people are able to meet regularly, get to know each other better and develop a stronger connectivity and cohesive community.
21/09/2020 £32,326 LEEP1 CIC A two-year project for adults with learning disabilities in Leeds, West Yorkshire, to run a project creating and merchandising a clothing range. The aim is to gain work experience and employment skills as well as highlighting the talents of the group to change public perceptions of people with learning disabilities through the clothing label. Participants order materials, model designs, create videos, design artwork, and build a social media following, as well as creating a website and blog posts. They also have work experience in Fabrication, an independent department store and creative workspace. Participants shape the project by leading all the individual aspects of design and production.
21/09/2020 £11,583 £236,811,000 MHA COMMUNITIES ROTHWELL & DISTRICT This two-year project provides a community singing group to people aged 55+ who are socially isolated in Rothwell, near Leeds. The two sessions per month, alternating between two community centres in the more disadvantaged areas of Rothwell engage participants who will be able to shape the project by suggesting songs to sing and themes such as music hall, or 60s music. They will also enjoy opportunities within the sessions for informal chats and reminiscence in a safe environment, enabling them to interact with people they would not usually meet, form new friendships and share interests so they feel more a part of their community.
21/09/2020 £15,000 £18,186 NODDFA COMMUNITY CENTRE This 15-month project aims to enhance provision at Noddfa Community Centre in Port Talbot by employing a Development Worker. The participants will be people of all ages from Noddfa and neighbouring communities in the Upper Afan Valley. The programme aims to provide them with affordable and meaningful opportunities for social interaction and help reduce any isolation among local people. Participants will be able to shape the project by joining a user forum that the Development Worker will set up and by completing questionnaires.
21/09/2020 £10,104 PAKISTAN ASSOCIATION HUDDERSFIELD This one-year project provides a safe and comfortable space in Thornton Lodge, Huddersfield, for a group of local older people, particularly from Black and Ethnic Minority communities, to come together over a hot meal each week where they can receive support, make friends, and have fun. Activities include sessions on healthy living, health checks, benefits, and board games and jigsaw puzzles, which will be driven by the hobbies and interests of the participants. Participants shape the project via a steering group.
21/09/2020 £15,920 SAWAN VIHAR This two-year project based in Meanwood, Leeds brings elderly women from mainly Asian ethnic backgrounds together to participate in a range of activities of their choice. Activities include gentle exercise sessions, yoga sessions, digital learning, pampering, arts and craft sessions, English lessons and singing sessions. The project reduces social isolation, provide information, and build friendships.
21/09/2020 £33,529 THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS FOR REFORM NOW LTD. (ACORN) This two-year project will identify, engage, and support tenants in Harehills and Burley in Leeds to develop four groups which will support each other and advocate for the changes they would like to see. It is particularly targeting those facing isolation and experiencing poor housing, especially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Challenges that participants could face with their housing include damp, mould, rats, and threats of illegal evictions. Participants are expected to make stronger links by working together, supporting each other, and contributing to shared goals.
21/09/2020 £26,390 £25,875 WORDS FOR WELLBEING This two-year project in Leeds enables adults with lived experience of mental health issues to take part in groups using fiction and poetry to create a sense of community and connection with others in Crossgates and Seacroft. Participants decide on the content and themes of the sessions and are supported and trained to lead sessions, so that they can plan and deliver their own groups in future. They are able to enjoy a safe and supportive environment where they can make and sustain new friendships, access peer support, build their resilience and increase their self-esteem.
15/09/2020 £39,960 PROMAS CARING FOR PEOPLE CIC This two-year project delivers free activity clubs across west Cornwall to support carers, improve their wellbeing and address issues of social and rural isolation, anxiety and low confidence. Participants are encouraged to take part in activities centred around creativity, social connectivity and physical and mental health. They are able to make friends amongst peers, increase their self-esteem and gain the confidence to take part in activities in their local community. Participants have contributed to the formation of the project and are involved in how the project is shaped and developed.
15/09/2020 £27,724 SMILE CONNECT A two-year project offering peer support and activities to lone parent families and the wider community in Poole. Participants are encouraged to organise and attend events with childcare and transport provided, take part in local activity groups run in the wider community and to create an on-line community. Peer friendships help address the exclusion many lone parent families experience. Participants give continual feedback and are involved in all decisions about events and activities.
14/09/2020 £40,000 AFRICAN CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION This two-year project rents a centre for holding regular and culturally appropriate meetings and activities for black people from diverse backgrounds in Sunderland and South Tyneside. The meetings are held at a fully accessible venue and provides activities such as reading, cooking, playing table tennis, dart, pool, basketball, listening to the radio and watching television. There are also be one to one computer training sessions for the unemployed to prepare them for employment in an emerging remote working culture. Members voted to have their own centre and develop social links and lasting relationships, which promotes sustained friendship and increases confidence and reduces isolation and inequality.
14/09/2020 £40,000 MOUNT PLEASANT ROAD COMMUNITY GROUP This two-year project supports the continuation of a weekly social and lunch group for local residents from Currock and Upperby in Carlisle, Cumbria. The group come together to tackle isolation and loneliness and develop friends within their community who support and look out for each other. The group offers good craic and a chance to laugh together as well as try new things and challenge themselves. Trips out to local places of interest are also organised and everyone contributes ideas for these along with all other aspects of the project with decisions being made by consensus. The group take part in arts and filmmaking activities and can share the results of these with the wider community.
14/09/2020 £23,500 OFF THE GRID ADVENTURES CIC This two-year project in Hebburn, South Tyneside, offers a programme of challenging and fun indoor and outdoor activities for local people. The idea has come from consultation with the local community and participants are encouraged to become volunteers and to plan and develop activities based on the feedback from the community. People can meet up regularly, make friends and enjoy planning and being involved in community activities.
14/09/2020 £36,974 £320,949 PALLION ACTION GROUP This two-year project delivers a range of activities to support older residents of Pallion, Sunderland who are socially isolated and experiencing economic disadvantage. Participants attend weekly sessions including activities such as knit and natter, coffee mornings, writing groups, jigsaw puzzle groups, reading groups, and arts and crafts at the organisation’s Library Community Hub. They shape project delivery through weekly feedback opportunities and surveys, and the project enables them to learn new skills, make new friends, and improve their wellbeing through becoming more active in their local community.
14/09/2020 £30,147 SOCIAL CHEF LTD This two-year project on the Ford Estate and surrounding area in Sunderland set up a Community Action Team who work together to develop a community garden within the estate. The land was derelict for many years and the project provides the opportunity to bring people together to be involved in improving it so it can be used in the future for events such as picnics and family fun days. Participants help to shape the project during weekly sessions where they come together to plan the development and cultivate the plot, and by joining a steering group. They benefit from getting to know others on the estate who they may not otherwise meet, developing new friendships and networks, and improving community cohesion.
14/09/2020 £14,234 SUNDERLAND SQUASH CLUB This two-year project aims to increase and diversify the membership of the Sunderland Squash Club based in Ashbrooke, Sunderland, with an emphasis on increasing participation of women and girls and expanding the range and frequency of activities offered. More local people will be able to get involved in running the club and the project, ensuring it becomes a popular local resource for everyone in the local community. The project aims to strengthen social links and ties within the local community, using the club as a platform. Participants will be invited to join the management committee, and all will be able to shape the project via monthly questionnaires.
14/09/2020 £25,302 VETERANS IN CRISIS This two-year project builds on a successful project established when Covid-19 first hit this community of veterans living in Sunderland. The Development Worker employed during that period will continue to provide support to local veterans through a series of weekly activities, including fitness training, walking groups, social drop-ins, and advocacy support. Participants have co-designed the project and will continue to share their skills and experience to shape delivery.
14/09/2020 £39,915 £220,643 YOUNG ASIAN VOICES This two-year programme is focused on supporting people, including those from Black and Minority Ethnic communities, in the East area of Sunderland. The scheme enables them to develop skills, volunteer in the local community, socialise with others, and access information that enables them to use local services and training. There are also health and sports activities to enable them to improve their health and wellbeing. Participants are involved in the planning and shaping of activities.
08/09/2020 £20,114 £191,286 AAINA COMMUNITY HUB This two-year project brings together Black and Minority Ethnic and newly arrived women living in Walsall with limited English and who have experienced bereavement, isolation and hardship during Covid-19. There will be Talking Therapy group sessions and sessions to improve English and digital skills so that the women can use online platforms in the event of further lockdowns. The project will build resilience, reduce isolation, and improve skills and emotional wellbeing. Participants shape the project by deciding session content and are involved in quarterly planning.
08/09/2020 £35,504 BLACK COUNTRY INNOVATE CIC This two-year project provides a space for Hate Crime Ambassadors from diverse backgrounds within Walsall to meet on a regular basis and co-ordinate the delivery of initiatives including training and discussion groups to raise awareness of hate crime/discrimination both online and offline. These volunteers will share with local people in the community where they can report incidents of abuse and hate crimes, as well as where they can get support for their own experiences. Support is provided in different languages where English is not spoken or understood fluently. Participants can shape and influence this project via focus groups, informal feedback, evaluation forms and via the development of a steering group.
08/09/2020 £24,517 £89,052 CALDMORE VILLAGE FESTIVAL LTD This two-year project delivers a variety of activities for the local community in Caldmore, Walsall, comprising family gardening and education sessions, a Men's Shed, and a women's coffee and arts & crafts morning. The project enables local residents to make friends and participants are able to feed into the activities, share their skills with the rest of the group, and participate fully with the development of the project.
08/09/2020 £29,656 £683 COMMUNITY CARE ENTERTAINMENTS A two-year project supporting older local people in Ryecroft, a residential area of Walsall, to participate in community activities and form stronger social links in their local area. Participants take part in activities such as bingo, arts and entertainment. A call and collect service is provided to those who would otherwise struggle to attend. The aim is to reduce social isolation and to promote friendships to be built, community arts and crafts projects, interaction between different generations, and the community's social history. Participants provide regular feedback in order to shape the project.
08/09/2020 £20,000 EMPOWR-U CIC This two-year project will provide young people in Bishopton, Stratford upon Avon, with a range of weekly activities including sport, physical activities, personal development opportunities and leadership sessions. Participants will come together to tackle issues such as mental health issues, anxiety and isolation and build their self-esteem, confidence, skills and social networks, including with those living locally but from different cultural backgrounds. Young people will feel empowered and with stronger local peer networks, will be able to thrive and contribute to creating a more positive community. A Youth Forum will be set up to discuss how the project should develop and representatives from the different activity groups will also join the project steering group.
08/09/2020 £12,190 ENTRUST CARE PARTNERSHIP C.I.C. This two-year project brings together parents and carers of disabled children in Stratford-Upon-Avon, a town in Warwickshire. Monthly ‘coffee and chats’ sessions will form a mutual support group for parents to meet with others with shared experiences. Fathers, grandads and male carers are often unable to attend during the day, so there is also a Dad to Dad group in the evening to offer a safe space for discussion of the different issues faced by men. Groups are guided by the participants with all contributing to the development of the content. The sessions aim to improve social links, providing shared understanding, signposting and information and will include occasional visiting speakers.
08/09/2020 £25,600 KIDS IN COMMUNICATION This two-year project provides a safe space for young people (aged 10-18) in Darlaston in Walsall to meet up and participate in a range of digital activities designed to boost communicative skills and mental wellbeing. There are also online resources and activities for a virtual youth club to encourage more people to participate. Young people are supported to gain in confidence and social skills, to make friends, and are encouraged to feed into the content of the sessions and identify any needs that they may have.
08/09/2020 £10,010 MHA SOUTH & WEST BIRMINGHAM LIVE AT HOME This one-year project provides older people in the Dudley, Sandwell and Halesowen areas of Birmingham with the opportunity to meet on a weekly basis to share their memories and experiences of life in the Black Country. They talk about and record their memories in written and digital forms, and these are shared with others in the local community. There are intergenerational sessions with local schools and colleges to allow older people to share their life histories with students as well. The intention is to produce a reminiscence book and an exhibition. The project provides opportunities for new friendships and fosters a connection with the community through social connections. Participants will have the opportunity to lead on sessions and feedback is collected via quarterly surveys.
08/09/2020 £9,991 PALFREY PARK FRIENDS AND USERS ASSOCIATION This two-year project provides regular cycling sessions in the park for people living near Palfrey Park in Walsall, a multicultural area where different communities do not tend to mix. People come together with others from the area whom they would not normally meet and form new friendships outside the sessions. Sessions are facilitated by cycling instructors, but the idea has come about and will continue to be developed by local residents and takes into account feedback from other participants which is gathered at each session.
08/09/2020 £28,155 TURNING POINTS SOLUTIONS CIC This two-year project provides regular sessions to bring together local women of South Asian backgrounds, of all ages, in Dudley, who are often unemployed, carers, or who have lived experience of mental health issues. The women will come together to enjoy resilience-therapy activities such as crafts, cookery and dancing whilst storytelling and art will be used to raise awareness of mental health issues and share experiences. Participants help to shape the group via a steering group and some share skills by leading sessions. Participants build wellbeing, confidence, friendships, social ties and peer support networks.
13/07/2020 £39,079 £226,787 ACCESS DORSET LTD This two-year project creates weekly social activities and lunches for people with disabilities, living in Bournemouth. The project offers a safe and supportive environment in which participants can come together for social interaction and develop confidence, self-esteem and independent living skills as well as improving mental and physical health. Sessions include activities that are determined by participants such as tai chi, yoga and arts and crafts. Each session ends with a shared meal and gives participants the chance to develop friendships and peer support and in an informal setting. Participants shape ongoing delivery through regular feedback sessions.
13/07/2020 £30,497 £496,162 BOURNEMOUTH PARKS FOUNDATION This two-year project will sustain and grow a pilot ‘Parks in Mind’ ecotherapy project, giving people in Boscombe, a suburb of Bournemouth, including those with experience of mental health issues, greater opportunities to improve their health, wellbeing and the local environment. Volunteering opportunities in parks will offer the chance to meet other local people with shared interests in nature conservation and the outdoors, gain new skills and friendships and improve mental and physical health. Participants will co-design the project through in-the-moment conversations during sessions as well as formal feedback and are encouraged to take the lead in sessions. Positive improvements made by participants in the local environment will help to make Boscombe a great place to live and work for the wider community and challenge the stigma of mental health.
13/07/2020 £37,987 £39,642 CORNWALL DOWNS SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP A two-year project based in St Erme, central Cornwall, expanding provision for families in Cornwall with at least one member with Down’s Syndrome. An existing Family Breakfast and Movement/Dance session are expanded to offer more sessions and include specialised support for families with a dual diagnosis. In addition, new sessions which provide workshops on Makaton, social skills and tools, and communication. By meeting more regularly, sessions give families a chance to improve their social links. The group is led by family members and all participants have the opportunity to feed into group development.
13/07/2020 £39,769 IGNITEYOU CIC A two-year programme of inclusive dance for disabled young people and adults in Camborne and Redruth; two towns in Cornwall. The dance workshops provide a social opportunity for disabled people in a safe, creative environment, and culminate in opportunities for young people to perform their finished work. Participants have the opportunity to feed into development of the project via a range of feedback channels.
13/07/2020 £35,780 £42,230 OUR WAY OUR SAY This two-year project based in South Ward, Weston-super-Mare supports elderly residents living independently in Sandringham Court on the Bournville Estate to come together to participate in activities of their choice. Activities include live entertainment of old time songs with a singalong and food, games like Play Your Cards Right. There are also feedback forum meetings where a core group of residents meet with Trustees to provide feedback on the activities, as well as open meetings where all residents can provide feedback. The project reduces social isolation, helps people to build friendships and encourages residents to take active roles in delivering the sessions.
13/07/2020 £30,468 £99,000 RECREATE DORSET This two-year project provides a regular social, educational and activity-based workshop programme and meeting place for older members of the Polish community from the Boscombe and Pokesdown areas of Bournemouth. The project provides an opportunity to get out of the house, meet and make new friends, and enjoy a range of activities in the company of others who may experience similar issues, such as lack of mobility and language barriers. Participants are able to shape the project by participating in a steering group or by providing feedback and suggestions for future work.
13/07/2020 £13,950 £91,545 SAMEE This two-year project provides employability skills training and confidence building sessions for unemployed lone parents living on the Somerford estate in Christchurch, Dorset, who are struggling to find employment that fits around their parenting needs. The project enables them to develop their self-employment/employment skills and improve their well-being. A participant steering group ensures the project continues to meet their needs. Participants form new connections with one another and build networks with other local self-employed lone parents.
13/07/2020 £34,140 £239,691 THEATRE ORCHARD PROJECTS LTD This two-year project offers weekly forum theatre sessions for adults living on the Weston South Ward estate in Weston-super-Mare. Participants share experiences with one another, providing peer support and development via a creative outlet. It gives participants the chance to explore social issues that affect their lives more deeply, such as domestic violence, in focused setting. They work together, and in collaboration with other local organisations with experience on a particular topic, to produce a performance to raise greater awareness and understanding in the community. Participants take on a range of roles to support all aspects of theatre development and delivery.
26/05/2020 £28,940 £5,630,941 CITIZENS UK CHARITY This one-year project will use community organising techniques to ensure that local residents are fully involved in the changes to their neighbourhood that are proposed as part of the large regeneration project around the Old Kent Road. Local institutions will support hubs of residents who will be engaged and empowered to influence decision makers. The project is aimed at the lesser heard voices in the community to ensure that the changes which happen in their local area are beneficial to them.
30/04/2020 £30,918 £136,708 THE CARRBRIDGE CENTRE LIMITED This 20-month project enables the Carrbridge Centre to develop a volunteering programme, encouraging and developing volunteering opportunities across the Woodchurch area and beyond. A new Volunteer Co-ordinator recruits, supervises and supports volunteers in local placements across three sites on the Woodchurch Estate. They are delivering activities across the Estate, as well as supporting the local organisations offering placements to manage volunteers effectively and safely. Residents from the estate who volunteer will be more active within their community, engendering a sense of pride and ownership.
30/04/2020 £28,520 £11,698 WIGAN AND LEIGH DEAF CHILDREN’S SOCIETY A two-year project providing monthly social inclusion and peer-to-peer networks to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of deaf children, their parents, siblings and wider family within Wigan and Leigh. Inspiring deaf role models take part in the sessions and parents also benefit from emotional support and networking. The group also supports children who have a deaf parent or carer. Both parents and children have an opportunity to regularly feed in to the development of activities.
19/03/2020 £11,280 BELLAMY ROAD TENANTS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION This two-year project brings together residents of the Bellamy Estate in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, at monthly meetings where they socialise, share food and discuss matters that affect them, creating a revitalised sense of community. The idea has come from the residents who will have a say in how the project develops; they will choose the activities, which will often include talks from guest speakers. There will be at least one trip to a place of interest outside the estate each year.
19/03/2020 £20,000 £191,866 OASIS COMMUNITY CHURCH (WORKSOP) This two-year project provides weekly drop-in peer support sessions for male survivors of sexual and domestic abuse in Mansfield and Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Workshops and short courses form part of the weekly sessions, and participants also engage in social and recreational events, including games nights, bowling, etc., which they organise themselves. A participant coordination group leads and shapes the project, which enables survivors of abuse to share their experiences and support one another.
19/03/2020 £37,082 £117,027 SHE UK This two-year project based in Mansfield supports adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence, and rape who experience debilitating mental health issues such as chronic anxiety, depression and personality disorders. Weekly sessions offer long-term engagement and specialist workers with opportunities for self-development. Peer mentors and support groups help friendships to develop in a safe space of mutual support and belonging. The idea for the project has come from the participants who influence the development of the project through a service user forum.
19/03/2020 £20,454 £86,272 SHREE RAM KRISHNA COMMUNITY PROJECT This two-year project delivers weekly social and activity sessions for older Asian women (aged 65+) living in Loughborough so they can meet, socialise and have fun together. It aims to increase their confidence and sense of wellbeing, and reduce social isolation. Activities will include gentle exercise, arts and crafts, IT skills, and games. The idea has come from the women and they will continue to be involved in the development of the project through regular discussions and planning sessions.
19/03/2020 £33,200 THE BAREFACED PROJECT This two-year project delivers a safe weekly space for local people who are affected by depression and mental ill-health issues across Northamptonshire to come together, share a meal, take part in activities that they have chosen, and be part of a talking and friendship circle. It aims to reduce social isolation and help people to make new friends, particularly as participants will be encouraged to take on active roles such as becoming part of a steering group or leading sessions. Taking place in a community centre in Rothwell, Northamptonshire, the sessions include activities such as cookery, arts and crafts, meditation, and talks from guest speakers.
19/03/2020 £30,226 VIBRANT WARSOP COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY This two-year project in Warsop, Nottinghamshire, delivers a range of musical activities, including weekly singing and music groups, to bring together local residents of all ages. The project will provide opportunities to promote musical self-expression and develop skills, strengthen community connection, improve wellbeing and help reduce social isolation. The idea has come from community feedback and participants will have a say in how the project is shaped and developed through discussion and suggestions.
27/02/2020 £34,110 CARIBBEAN AND AFRICAN HEALTH NETWORK GREATER MANCHESTER CIC This two-year project provides Caribbean and African people living in Wigan, Greater Manchester with a forum through which they can contribute to local decision-making. Sessions bring people to come together as “agents of change” and equip them with the skills and plans to be the voice of the community. Participants are able to share their views and ideas with sector leads in areas such as housing, policing and health. The overall aims are to strengthen community cohesion, improve community wellbeing, and address inequality. Participants can shape the project via monthly steering group meetings.
27/02/2020 £15,339 £49,258 COTTON SHED THEATRE COMPANY This two-year project brings together local people from Haslingden and Rawtenstall, small towns in Lancashire, at weekly get-togethers to build new friendships, tackle loneliness and isolation, have fun and be creative, and socialise with others in similar situations. The project is open to all local people, including elderly people and those who have been widowed, young mothers, carers and people with disabilities and additional needs. Through the project, participants are able to find out what else is going on locally and regular feedback ensures that they can influence the way the project is run.
27/02/2020 £29,952 £5,404 MEN TOO This two-year project provides weekly peer support sessions in Birkenhead for men with serious mental health issues from across the Wirral, facilitated by a trained counsellor. Participants share their ideas and feedback on the session content and are also supported to take on volunteering roles. By enabling the participants to act as peer mentors to one another, the project aims to forge social links between men who are isolated, supporting them to work together through shared issues.
27/02/2020 £31,449 THE MARTIN GALLIER PROJECT This two-year project in New Ferry, Wirral, provides a space for men who have been affected by suicide with a view to reducing their social isolation, promoting positive mental health and preventing them from slipping back into suicidal crisis. Participants provide each other with peer support and activities such as darts, table football, etc., as well as day trips on narrow boats, for example. Participants make new friends in a safe, informal environment, and are actively engaged in the development of the project through suggestions of activities, social sessions, etc. A steering committee meets quarterly to shape the project and there are regular focus groups held with participants.
25/02/2020 £22,709 THE ANTWERP ARMS ASSOCIATION This 17-month project brings together local people in Tottenham every Tuesday for the Antwerp Arms EatN17 project, which provides community lunches, edible gardening workshops, games and social activities with some stalls for local support services. The project provides valuable social opportunities for those who may experience isolation and involves people in growing, preparing, cooking and sharing some of their own organic, freshly picked produce. People learn about turning various spaces into productive gardens using recycled materials and how to be environmentally friendly. The project developed due to people from the local area saying what they wanted to see locally and participants have a say in all aspects.
05/02/2020 £32,081 £2,082,013 COMMUNITY ACTION SUFFOLK (CAS) The Trust has agreed that CAS should support Ipswich BMX Club to further develop an application for funding of up to £30,000 to upgrade the BMX track that is within the Gainsborough neighbourhood.
31/01/2020 £30,000 £15,921 SUPPORT 4 CHANGE (S4C) This two-year project provides support meetings for families and friends in Doncaster who are dealing with their loved one’s substance misuse, it provides a shared space to talk about their issues with no judgement as participants often feel excluded from society leading to loneliness and the breakdown of families. Support 4 Change strives to be directed by those affected by substance misuse.
16/01/2020 £37,780 £157,599 LIVING UNDER ONE SUN This 18-month project runs a range of activities for local women of all ages who live close to Living Under One Sun’s community hub in Tottenham. It provides a safe and welcoming space in which women meet to share their stories and skills, improve wellbeing, build friendships and an increased sense of safety in the neighbourhood. The project is open to all women and particularly include older women, those from black and ethnic minority, refugee and migrant communities, and those experiencing social isolation and feeling bypassed by gentrification in the area. Participants help to organise and deliver the sessions and events and choose the project topics.
16/01/2020 £33,150 £327,780 NAFSIYAT This two-year project provides weekly supportive psychotherapy group sessions for two groups of mothers from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and refugee backgrounds in Haringey, London. It equips participants with the tools to address shared practical, social and psychological challenges, guided by an experienced facilitator. During each session, participants are supported to lead discussions and share their experiences and ideas, which shape the development of the project. The project reduces isolation and improves participants’ wellbeing by enabling them to develop a strong support network of women with shared experiences and challenges, and to feel more valued and active members of their community.
16/01/2020 £15,000 £175,487 SAMPHIRE This two-year project continues the work of the Dover Together steering group, who meet regularly to plan and deliver activities and events that bring together the diverse communities of Dover. Activities focus on migration such as talks, film nights, football, youth activities and the annual festival. The group promotes an inclusive society and challenges attitudes towards migration which can be polarised in Dover. The steering group is comprised of local residents and includes local young people.
16/01/2020 £40,730 £202,987 THE GIFTED ORGANISATION LIMITED This two-year project for fathers in Tottenham, including those who may have complex lives, lack support, are divorced or are single parents, offers a supportive space and network through regular social meet-ups plus activities for fathers to come together at with their children, including a storytime and park meet-up. ‘The Fatherhood’ is focused on creating social connections and a sense of community, where no similar provision currently exists. Fathers steer the development of the project via a planning committee.
16/01/2020 £43,680 WOLVES LANE CONSORTIUM This two-year project is a gardening club for local people from the area surrounding the Wolves Lane Nursery in Haringey, London, to share and learn food growing and gardening skills, particularly targeting local people from Black and Ethnic minority communities. As well as gardening sessions, there are skills-share workshops, plant and seed swaps, a tool library, and a book library. It aims to support resident action in the neighbourhood and reduce social and emotional isolation. Participants shape and manage the project during sessions and monthly meetings.
16/01/2020 £25,000 WOMEN WITH A VOICE This one-year programme is aimed at women and their families in Tottenham, London of all ages and cultures who have been or are currently affected by domestic violence, incest, female genital mutilation and other forms of abuse. It will run weekly peer support sessions that include activities such as cooking, sewing, drama and group therapy. The activities bring together women who can be socially isolated and help them to feel safe, empowered and understood, giving them support networks and skills to move forward in their lives. All participants can share ideas to shape activity through the weekly brainstorming sessions, suggestion boxes and questionnaires, and women can volunteer to run activities to share their own skills.
04/12/2019 £39,003 £49,506 WESTPOINT-SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT This two-year project brings together isolated Somali and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic women from Westbourne Green and Bayswater in Westminster to take part in regular sessions focusing on ESOL, IT skills, pre-employment and enterprise training. The project aims to build the confidence of participants, improve their English and work skills and reduce isolation. Participants have the opportunity to shape the project through a Project Committee. There is also a 'Think Tank' forum which brings together women for community engagement.
04/12/2019 £28,556 £671,593 AFGHANISTAN AND CENTRAL ASIAN ASSOCIATION This 12-month project expanded the organisation's current ESOL provision into Brent, and included workshops on life in the UK, as well as social events, for the Afghan community. The Afghan community in Brent requested these workshops due to the lack of provision in the borough. Participants completed an evaluation form after each session and a student governing board monitored the project. The classes supported participants to integrate into their community and socialise outside of their family.
04/12/2019 £22,685 APNA VIRSA This two-year project delivers events, courses, workshops and activities for older people from South Asian communities in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Sessions include activities related to building confidence, communication and employability skills as well as fun things like music/dance, walks, and a newspaper reading club. A participant steering group plans the activities according to feedback and participant needs. The project brings people together to tackle social isolation, build wellbeing and make new friends. Social interaction in the local community increases as participants build relationships with people from different backgrounds.
04/12/2019 £14,030 BRITSOM This two-year project runs a sewing club for women from Barnet in London who are unemployed or employed part-time. The project is particularly targeting Black and Minority Ethnic women living in the Grahame Park, Colindale and Burnt Oak areas of Barnet. By coming together and learning sewing, the women learn new skills, make friends and reduce any isolation and loneliness that they experience. Participants shape the project via a steering committee and regular discussions.
04/12/2019 £24,942 £189,453 MARYLEBONE BANGLADESH SOCIETY This two-year project provides weekly intergenerational football and Muay Thai boxing sessions for men and boys living in the Church Street neighbourhood of Westminster. It aims to help the community to get to know one another and make friends and to create stronger bonds between fathers and their children. There is a steering group that meets monthly, which children are encouraged to join. Volunteers also regularly collect feedback from participants.
04/12/2019 £25,036 £26,179 QUEEN'S PARK BANGLADESH ASSOCIATION This two-year project aims to increase social engagement amongst Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities on estates in Queen’s Park and its surrounding areas. Three weekly social groups reduce isolation and connect residents with the community (over 40's men, women and mixed ages) . The project idea emerged from local people highlighting a need for more social activities, with an emphasis on bringing young and old together. Local people and volunteers determine the specific activity ideas and participants shape the project via steering groups.
04/12/2019 £24,000 £25,567 RHEMA CHURCH MINISTRIES This two-year project runs facilitated groups for fathers, specifically from British, Asian Minority Ethnic and migrant communities, living in East Merton. With talks, expert-led discussions and practical training it addresses issues around lack of confidence, knowledge and engagement with services amongst these fathers and helps them focus on becoming effective contributors in the lives of their children and their communities. These peer support groups offer a safe space to share and receive support and to build their skills and self-esteem. The project has been requested by participants and a working group of BAME fathers has been established to shape the project and participants share ideas to develop it further.
04/12/2019 £41,330 SOMALI GIRLS CAN This two-year project brings together Somali women and girls living in Brent, North London, to take part in weekly team multi-sport sessions which are fun, safe and free, and aim to help develop their soft skills, confidence and self-esteem. Monthly coffee mornings are also held to give participants the chance to talk, discuss what they care about, and to make deeper friendships. Expert speakers are invited to talk at these meetings. Feedback from a pilot programme has informed the project and participants can continue to influence its development through quarterly review meetings.
04/12/2019 £40,000 £38,705 TELL IT PARENTS NETWORK This two-year project provides a weekly drop-in community hub in north Westminster for local people, particularly those from black and minority ethnic communities, who struggle with cultural and social isolation and mothers who find language and cultural barriers in accessing mainstream services. Sessions offer information, advice and guidance and follow up one to one work. Local people come together in a safe and welcoming space, network, offer and receive peer support and take part in a range of community activities and workshops. The project aims to break barriers within the local area where separate communities live parallel to each other. A parents steering group meets weekly and plays a leading role in planning and running the sessions and activities.
04/12/2019 £23,197 £487,824 THE AVENUES YOUTH PROJECT This 14-month project expands the after-school provision ‘The Zone’ for 8-13 year olds to meet the needs of its older participants. 'Secondary Zone' provides a year of daily after-school youth club session during term time for local children and young people aged 11-13 in Queens Park, North Westminster, providing support, guidance and age-appropriate activities in their own safe space. Youth workers provide stimulating activities including sports, cooking, music production, radio broadcasting and cultural trips. Young people benefit from the free recreational activities, socialising and building friendships for life with others in their local area. They can shape and develop the project via regular feedback sessions.
31/10/2019 £17,100 AVANT CYMRU (LEGALLY AVANT THEATRE CIC) This two-year project delivers weekly breakin’ (break dance) sessions for boys and men who are affected by mental health issues, loneliness or disadvantage in the town of Porth in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Participants come along to the sessions, led by dancers with experience of mental health issues, to meet with others who enjoy the same music genre, challenge themselves physically with the dance and set goals to work towards. A trained mental health first aider is also present if participants would like someone to talk to. The sessions bring peers together to tackle isolation. There are performances to showcase their skills at local events and to help build links with the wider community, including encouraging positive conversations with older generations who may misunderstand the music style.
31/10/2019 £29,873 £127,918 COMMUNITY HOUSE, ETON ROAD This two-year project builds on the successful pilot previously funded by the Trust based in Maindee in Newport, Wales. It will develop three separate groups aimed at reducing social isolation, promoting interconnection and friendship, preventing community tensions, and encouraging service users to take ownership of the project. The project is aimed at people from a range of cultural and faith backgrounds, new arrivals, and speakers of diverse languages, and aims to reduce social and emotional isolation and increase community cohesion. There will be a group for women of all ages and a group for men over 50. Participants shape the project via ongoing discussions and an overarching Steering Group.
31/10/2019 £5,217 £154,439 CYNON VALLEY MUSEUM TRUST This project provided young people with complex additional needs and their families living in Cynon valley with a variety of activity sessions at Cynon Valley Museum with the end purpose of a co-produced community exhibition. Activities included quilting, sewing, storytelling, editing and working with clay and wood. It reduced young people’s social and emotional isolation and enabled them to gain new skills while also improving the cohesion of the local community. Participants joined a focus group to be involved in the decision making process of the new exhibition.
31/10/2019 £11,000 £141,378 HIRWAUN YMCA A two-year project providing electric mountain bikes to encourage local people in the upper Cynon Valley, a former coal mining valley in Wales, to stay fit and active, especially older people. The project develops friendships and provides a common interest, as well as offering a low-impact, aerobic exercise that most people are able to engage in. Local people designed the project to meet local needs and continue to lead the project as volunteers.
31/10/2019 £20,255 £45,824 LEE GARDENS POOL COMMITTEE This two-year project builds on the community’s success keeping the children’s pool open in the village of Penrhiwceiber, Rhondda Cynon Taf, by providing activities and training for local people in the new meeting space being built on the site. Weekly groups such as knit-and natter, drop-in sessions and training courses bring people of all ages together for fun and friendship, to tackle isolation and loneliness and provide skills to support local people to find employment. The organisation is run by local people who hold weekly meetings which participants and the wider community are encouraged to attend.
31/10/2019 £24,719 £41,579 NEWPORT PEOPLE FIRST This one-year grant continues the ‘Our Rights, Our Choice’ project supporting people with learning disabilities in Newport to have more fulfilling and healthier lives, make their own choices and have better control in their lives. Members attend weekly sessions and put on events and activities which strengthen links with other community organisations and make members more visible in the locality through their use of services and facilities. The project allows space for friendships to develop, encourages peer support and improves confidence and self-esteem. Two Project Officers with learning disabilities manage the project and members share their ideas and feedback at monthly meetings.
31/10/2019 £26,820 £294,468 RACE EQUALITY FIRST LTD This two-year project in Newport, Wales will establish three weekly user-led groups providing social activities for local people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities who currently attend weekly ESOL and IT sessions run by the organisation. The participants requested to set up their own social groups, which aim to reduce loneliness and isolation, increase social networks and cohesion, increase confidence, and empower the people involved. Volunteers and Community Champions will be supported to shape and deliver the activities in response to the needs of local people.
31/10/2019 £14,090 REWILD PLAY This two-year project delivers a monthly activity group for children and young people and their families who have diagnosed or suspected additional needs and disabilities, including ADHD, autism and foetal alcohol syndrome, that can affect their social and emotional behaviour. Families and children from across Gwent get together for regular sessions and activities such as a park meet-up, bowling, board games, arts and crafts, play and lego and once a term a structured course of about 6 weeks will offer an accessible activity to smaller groups of children, for example bushcraft, white water rafting, skiing, climbing and boot camp etc. The project provides a safe environment free of judgement, where parents are able to meet and support others facing similar issues, and children can interact with their peers and increase their self-esteem and confidence. Activities are shaped by ideas and input from the children who identified the need for active sessions following the pandemic lockdowns.
31/10/2019 £36,256 £189,865 SWANSEA COMMUNITY FARM This two-year project offers twice-weekly farm workdays to volunteers who experience mental ill-health, to help care for the farm’s animals and carry out maintenance and conservation tasks on a 3.5 acre working farm in the outskirts of Swansea. Staff provide support, structure and training, and volunteers offer peer support and can join a peer mentor programme when they’ve gained sufficient experience. The idea comes from participant feedback and they continue to be involved in the development of the project through regular reviews, meetings, and chances for informal feedback. The project aims to allow a core group of volunteers to work on the farm in an in-depth way, developing long-term plans for better animal care and conservation management, whilst empowering people to better care for themselves and others’ wellbeing.
26/09/2019 £4,640 £4,921,587 CITIZENS UK CHARITY This two-year project built on a pilot and scoping work to deliver a regional approach to Living Wage accreditation. The project aimed to create an accreditation scheme for Living Wage Places (towns, cities, boroughs, regions or zones) by working with key local employers (e.g. local authorities, universities, football clubs) to accredit them as LW Employers and to commit them to action plans to encourage other employers in the area to become accredited. Once a number of local employers become accredited, the area was then able to become a Living Wage Place, with a wider aim of tackling low pay across the country.
26/09/2019 £4,450 £4,921,587 CITIZENS UK CHARITY This two-year project built on a pilot and scoping work to deliver a regional approach to Living Wage accreditation. The project aimed to create an accreditation scheme for Living Wage Places (towns, cities, boroughs, regions or zones) by working with key local employers (e.g. local authorities, universities, football clubs) to accredit them as LW Employers and to commit them to action plans to encourage other employers in the area to become accredited. Once a number of local employers become accredited, the area was then able to become a Living Wage Place, with a wider aim of tackling low pay across the country.
25/09/2019 £12,500 AIREDALE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP This two-year project creates a woodworking workshop where adults from the Wakefield district of West Yorkshire, particularly those experiencing mental health issues, can come together. Participants can get involved with woodworking projects or simply socialise over tea and a chat. The safe and non-judgemental environment will enable participants to take their minds off their problems and to make new friendships, reducing social isolation, anxiety and mental health issues as well as supporting social cohesion. Members will help develop the project through bi-monthly committee meetings, informal discussions and feedback forms. There will be opportunities to volunteer as the project grows to include further sessions or other activities and the project may support participants to get work ready.
25/09/2019 £4,640 £4,921,587 CITIZENS UK CHARITY This two-year project built on a pilot and scoping work to deliver a regional approach to Living Wage accreditation. The project aimed to create an accreditation scheme for Living Wage Places (towns, cities, boroughs, regions or zones) by working with key local employers (e.g. local authorities, universities, football clubs) to accredit them as LW Employers and to commit them to action plans to encourage other employers in the area to become accredited. Once a number of local employers become accredited, the area was then able to become a Living Wage Place, with a wider aim of tackling low pay across the country.
25/09/2019 £4,640 £4,921,587 CITIZENS UK CHARITY This two-year project built on a pilot and scoping work to deliver a regional approach to Living Wage accreditation. The project aimed to create an accreditation scheme for Living Wage Places (towns, cities, boroughs, regions or zones) by working with key local employers (e.g. local authorities, universities, football clubs) to accredit them as LW Employers and to commit them to action plans to encourage other employers in the area to become accredited. Once a number of local employers become accredited, the area was then able to become a Living Wage Place, with a wider aim of tackling low pay across the country.
25/09/2019 £4,640 £4,921,587 CITIZENS UK CHARITY This two-year project built on a pilot and scoping work to deliver a regional approach to Living Wage accreditation. The project aimed to create an accreditation scheme for Living Wage Places (towns, cities, boroughs, regions or zones) by working with key local employers (e.g. local authorities, universities, football clubs) to accredit them as LW Employers and to commit them to action plans to encourage other employers in the area to become accredited. Once a number of local employers become accredited, the area was then able to become a Living Wage Place, with a wider aim of tackling low pay across the country.
25/09/2019 £4,640 £4,921,587 CITIZENS UK CHARITY This two-year project built on a pilot and scoping work to deliver a regional approach to Living Wage accreditation. The project aimed to create an accreditation scheme for Living Wage Places (towns, cities, boroughs, regions or zones) by working with key local employers (e.g. local authorities, universities, football clubs) to accredit them as LW Employers and to commit them to action plans to encourage other employers in the area to become accredited. Once a number of local employers become accredited, the area was then able to become a Living Wage Place, with a wider aim of tackling low pay across the country.
25/09/2019 £4,640 £4,921,587 CITIZENS UK CHARITY This two-year project built on a pilot and scoping work to deliver a regional approach to Living Wage accreditation. The project aimed to create an accreditation scheme for Living Wage Places (towns, cities, boroughs, regions or zones) by working with key local employers (e.g. local authorities, universities, football clubs) to accredit them as LW Employers and to commit them to action plans to encourage other employers in the area to become accredited. Once a number of local employers become accredited, the area was then able to become a Living Wage Place, with a wider aim of tackling low pay across the country.
25/09/2019 £4,450 £4,921,587 CITIZENS UK CHARITY This two-year project built on a pilot and scoping work to deliver a regional approach to Living Wage accreditation. The project aimed to create an accreditation scheme for Living Wage Places (towns, cities, boroughs, regions or zones) by working with key local employers (e.g. local authorities, universities, football clubs) to accredit them as LW Employers and to commit them to action plans to encourage other employers in the area to become accredited. Once a number of local employers become accredited, the area was then able to become a Living Wage Place, with a wider aim of tackling low pay across the country.
25/09/2019 £4,450 £4,921,587 CITIZENS UK CHARITY This two-year project built on a pilot and scoping work to deliver a regional approach to Living Wage accreditation. The project aimed to create an accreditation scheme for Living Wage Places (towns, cities, boroughs, regions or zones) by working with key local employers (e.g. local authorities, universities, football clubs) to accredit them as LW Employers and to commit them to action plans to encourage other employers in the area to become accredited. Once a number of local employers become accredited, the area was then able to become a Living Wage Place, with a wider aim of tackling low pay across the country.
25/09/2019 £4,450 £4,921,587 CITIZENS UK CHARITY This two-year project built on a pilot and scoping work to deliver a regional approach to Living Wage accreditation. The project aimed to create an accreditation scheme for Living Wage Places (towns, cities, boroughs, regions or zones) by working with key local employers (e.g. local authorities, universities, football clubs) to accredit them as LW Employers and to commit them to action plans to encourage other employers in the area to become accredited. Once a number of local employers become accredited, the area was then able to become a Living Wage Place, with a wider aim of tackling low pay across the country.
25/09/2019 £4,319 £4,921,587 CITIZENS UK CHARITY This two-year project built on a pilot and scoping work to deliver a regional approach to Living Wage accreditation. The project aimed to create an accreditation scheme for Living Wage Places (towns, cities, boroughs, regions or zones) by working with key local employers (e.g. local authorities, universities, football clubs) to accredit them as LW Employers and to commit them to action plans to encourage other employers in the area to become accredited. Once a number of local employers become accredited, the area was then able to become a Living Wage Place, with a wider aim of tackling low pay across the country.
25/09/2019 £25,000 OPUS INDEPENDENTS This 16-month project delivers monthly meetings for residents of Fir Vale, Sheffield to come together and discuss how to collectively improve their area. It builds on the success of annual meetings over the past three years. A newsletter details priorities and plans; stalls at community events will capture the views of the wider community; and large scale public events will also be delivered. The project empowers local residents from different communities to come together and become more active in their local area.
19/09/2019 £7,500 GUIDEPOST This 18-month project supports people with learning disabilities, autism and mental ill health to integrate into the wider community through providing access to a range of weekly sports activities and local volunteering opportunities, as well as one-off community learning sessions. Participants come from across Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. People are supported to come together regularly and gain access to information and services available in the wider community. The project is guided by a user-led group with support from the local council. A monthly visitors’ forum takes place where the participants can meet with the user-led management committee to review and plan the project, and make required adjustments.
19/09/2019 £14,583 TAN TEDDY FOLKS AND CULTURE GROUP This two-year project aims to improve the mental health and self-care of Black and Minority Ethnic women living in Bristol. It will run a series of weekly personal development sessions, offering strategies for maintaining a positive and healthy outlook on life, and monthly fun creative days (including singing, dancing and theatre). Participants will shape the project via regular opportunities for feedback
09/09/2019 £9,970 BRAUNSTONE GATE AND WEST END COMMUNITY This project took place in Braunstone Gate, Leicester. The Braunstone Gate and West End Community delivered a range of activities that address local community priorities: to build a community in their local area; to improve people’s living circumstances in the area; and to improve the environment in Braunstone Gate. Local people came together in the community garden.
06/09/2019 £35,913 £257,608 VIDA SHEFFIELD This two-year project develops existing activity to support women in Sheffield whose lives and mental health are affected by abuse. Safe spaces will be created for peer-support and therapeutic activities to support women to overcome isolation, build long-term relationships and manage their mental health and wellbeing. The support group sessions will be facilitated by those with lived experience and participants can also shape activity by offering feedback and becoming part of the ‘Women’s Voices’ group.
06/09/2019 £20,636 ACTIVE LIVES ACTIVE COMMUNITIES CIC This two-year project provides a community hub for social, sports and family activities to encourage local people of all ages to come together and spend time with one another, socialise and take part in sports activities. The aim of the project is to provide opportunities where local residents from all walks of life across Rossington, Doncaster can engage in activities, build new friendships and reduce social isolation. The project will be led and shaped by the monthly steering group meetings and local people will be encouraged to take leadership roles.
06/09/2019 £21,540 ARTISTIC SPECTRUM LIMITED This two-year project brings together socially isolated people living in the town of Thorne, South Yorkshire to take part in twice weekly art classes themed around ‘Our Town’ at the Artspace Workshop and Café. Participants will take part in creative activities using a range of materials, which are then exhibited in the gallery, creating pride and a sense of achievement. Local people will build friendships with others at the classes and make links with the wider community in the town through the exhibitions. A steering group will shape the activities and help develop the project.
06/09/2019 £25,975 ATHELAS CIC A two-year programme of activities for adults with mild to moderate mental health issues, in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Participants will meet in private woodland on a weekly basis to learn new skills and take part in different projects depending on the time of year, e.g. craft skills and foraging in Spring, building projects in Summer, coppicing in Autumn and tree planting in Winter. Participants will create a supportive network and will feed into the project design weekly and through a steering group.
06/09/2019 £36,613 £65,929 COACTIVE ARTS This two-year project continues to provide arts-based activities to bring people with learning disabilities and autism across Wakefield together. Participants take part in weekly creative activity based around the visual and performing arts, as well as working towards showcasing their skills for a larger audience at a special event once a term. They also have the opportunity to take part in a cultural outing or visit another arts organisation once a term. Participants shape the project through regular feedback and steering group meetings.
06/09/2019 £31,720 LEARN FOR LIFE ENTERPRISE LIMITED This two-year project delivered a fortnightly support group to empower refugees across Sheffield lacking confidence, employability skills and UK cultural knowledge, to take control of their own career paths and support them to find work. The idea came from existing participants in English classes who had requested support with interviews, applications, and other aspects of finding work, as well as opportunities to socialise. Refugees from across Sheffield came together to attend workshops and learn new skills whilst breaking down barriers and forming new social links. They were be able to influence the direction of the project through monthly steering group meetings and had the opportunity to lead sessions as appropriate.
06/09/2019 £30,000 MEN UP NORTH This two-year project creates weekly safe-space conversations for men living in Sheffield who are experiencing mental health issues, with a particular focus on men from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. Sessions will allow men to discuss different aspects of their lives and talk to other men in a supportive environment. Additionally, both body and mind related activities such as yoga and boxing will be run. Participants shape ongoing delivery through regular feedback sessions, and the opportunity to take part in committee meetings once a quarter.
06/09/2019 £27,060 OUR ROOTS INNER CITY LIVES This two-year project provides sporting, cultural, volunteering and social opportunities for young people from Wakefield’s migrant communities. It provides support and training for young people to grow and develop as role models and peer mentors. Young people are able to input their ideas into the development and delivery of the project at the briefing and debriefing parts of the sessions. The project gives participants the opportunity to build up connections with other young people from migrant backgrounds.
06/09/2019 £19,072 £78,672 SHEFFIELD PARENT CARER FORUM This two-year project brings together parent carers of children and young people (0-25 years) with special educational needs (SEND) and/or disabilities from all parts of Sheffield to provide them with information, training and wellbeing activities. A 6 monthly newsletter is also produced to inform parents who are unable to attend meetings. Parents have asked for information and training to help them cope with the demands of caring for children with SEND and they can give feedback at every session. By meeting others in similar situations to themselves, they can provide mutual peer support, make friends and socialise.
06/09/2019 £30,927 SPORT FOR GOOD CIC This two-year project provides outdoor activities for people of all ages from the town of Stainforth in Doncaster to enjoy the surrounding moorlands and natural environment. The project is led by a steering group of local people and helps to build links between people who might not normally spend time together.
06/09/2019 £29,160 £161,050 STANDBRIDGE LANE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST This two-year project delivers a weekly peer support group for parents in Kettlethorpe, near Wakefield. Mainly targeting mothers aged 20-40 who are socially isolated or experiencing mental ill-health related to childbirth, the project responds to requests from local parents for more support with their own emotional wellbeing. Participants benefit from talking to and supporting others in similar situations and form new friendships and support networks. Participants shape the project by completing surveys and attending quarterly review meetings.
06/09/2019 £18,380 STEEL CITY AMATEUR BOXING CLUB This two-year project provides a range of activities for people of all ages in the Darnall area of Sheffield. The project has come about in response to requests from local people for more to do in the area. Activities are planned by a participant steering group and provide opportunities for local people to try new activities and make new friends.
22/08/2019 £10,000 £262,413 BLISS=ABILITY LIMITED This two-year project provides fortnightly social sessions to support local people in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, who are socially isolated, have mild depression, anxiety or other long-term health conditions, and are long-term unemployed. Activities are delivered during sessions, such as arts and crafts, games and quizzes, and participants also have the chance to have therapeutic treatments. The project seeks to enable participants to make friends and gain confidence and improve their self-esteem. Participants are able to shape the project and choose activities through discussions at meetings and via a suggestions box and evaluation forms.
22/08/2019 £35,898 £276,654 BRIGHT FUTURES NE This two-year project brought together young women aged 11-19 living in South Tyneside, Tyne and Wear at two separate weekly peer-led support groups. Women met each week to socialise and take part in a range of activities aimed at raising awareness of their common concerns and issues. Activities included informal education opportunities and positive social action activities, such as volunteering and developing social impact projects. Both groups came together over the course of the project. Sessions were driven by the participants and the young women involved had the opportunity to become peer leaders and recruit new young women to take part in the project.
22/08/2019 £31,165 CROSSINGS COMMUNITY GROUP This two-year project supports the setting up of the ‘Crossings Ensemble’, a weekly safe social space in Newcastle and Gateshead where refugees and migrants come together with local musicians to build friendships, learn and perform music. Existing music groups run separate activities including an open session, choir, guitar, violin and percussion. These will continue and work towards combining as a new larger, more musically and ethnically diverse ensemble. In addition, there are public performances and collaborative events with other organisations to bring the community together and celebrate diverse cultures. Members widen their support networks and tackle isolation which can be experienced by Asylum seekers, refugees and migrants due to cultural and language barriers. All members contribute ideas at the regular open meetings or via the feedback box.
22/08/2019 £5,000 £103,723 DENTON YOUTH & COMMUNITY PROJECT LIMITED This two-year project aims to re-establish a Mature Action Group targeted at local residents of Denton & Westerhope aged 50+, who meet monthly to discuss local issues and initiate campaigns to improve the local area. The aim of these is to promote mutual respect, dispel stereotypes and encourage community cohesion. Participants choose topics and issues they would like to address at their monthly sessions.
22/08/2019 £21,900 EAST AFRICAN SUPPORT GROUP This two-year project was for refugees from East African countries now living in Newcastle and Gateshead, including those newly arrived and settled beneficiaries who are on low incomes and / or struggling to find work due to language and cultural barriers. The project hosted weekly meetings at a community hub where all members sat down to a shared meal to share stories and experiences, build friendships, retain cultural links and alleviate social isolation. Volunteers offered peer support and advocacy to new members, helping them through the resettlement process and in turn also develop skills. Participants had the opportunity to contribute to the development of the project via feedback, surveys and a monthly focus/steering group and through becoming volunteers.
22/08/2019 £28,993 £281,260 FOOTPRINTS IN THE COMMUNITY This two-year project continues and expands the delivery of a weekly Men’s Shed for men aged 45+ living in Redcar, Cleveland. Additional weekly sessions will be delivered, including an evening session and a session open to women. Sessions include woodworking and having a "cuppa and a chat" in the Club Room. The Shed offers participants a safe and relaxed space to come together regularly to reduce isolation and offer each other support. Participants shape the project by feeding ideas to the Manager and via regular evaluation forms.
22/08/2019 £21,732 £56,417 HEADWAY WEARSIDE This 18-month project delivered a range of social activities aimed at combating isolation for survivors of acquired brain injury and their families and carers in Sunderland. It continued existing gym and relaxation sessions and added multi-sports and three new informal courses of activities: Steps to Ambassadors, Art therapy, and ‘Can’t cook, can cook’. These were developed from planning and feedback sessions with existing members, which continued during this project. It increased team working, communication and leadership skills, which enabled members to become ambassadors promoting equality and raising awareness around brain injury in the community and nationally.
22/08/2019 £14,883 HEALTHY HOPES CUMBRIA LTD COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY This two-year project provides a weekly peer support group for people in Allerdale who feel lonely and socially isolated due to a lack of support networks and facing difficulties in their life. Local people asked for this project as a result of seeing the success of a similar peer support group in Copeland. Participants have the opportunity at each session to voice their opinions and discuss how they want the group to move forward, and a steering group meeting each quarter.
22/08/2019 £20,774 £68,570 HOPS (HEALING OPPORTUNITIES PROVISION SCHEME) This 18-month project continued the Trust funded Carers’ Time Out project which provided carers with a monthly day out where they could enjoy a treatment, take part in activity sessions and have a healthy lunch. There was a coffee and activity session once a month in four locations across Sunderland. This project encouraged peer support and provided carers with opportunities to make new friendships, improve their self-confidence and consider their own self-care. Participants formed a Steering Group, which met quarterly to discuss the development of the project and feedback was gathered each month at the Time Out days.
22/08/2019 £30,000 LOUD ARTS CIC This two-year project provided weekly creative sessions for local people in North Shields, Tyne and Wear, with the aim of increasing confidence, reducing anxiety, increasing skills, and enabling people to have fun together away from everyday pressures. Activities included dance, music and other creative sessions, and participants had the opportunity to undertake accredited qualifications if they wished. Participants were encouraged to shape the project as much as possible.
22/08/2019 £34,672 £88,950 MIREHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE This two-year project is the development of existing work at the café for local residents in Mirehouse Community Centre in Whitehaven, Cumbria. The café aims to provide a ‘home from home’ atmosphere by offering books, games, WiFi and social interaction. Activities will include a maternity group, disabled women’s group, a knit and natter gathering and a movie night which will bring local people together.
22/08/2019 £3,022 £17,124 NEWCASTLE DISABILITY FORUM This one-year project ran monthly 'No Steps' Historical Walks around Newcastle for people with disabilities, elderly people and their carers. The walks were facilitator-led and took place outdoors, with the option of trips to a museum or art gallery in inclement weather. Participants with disabilities and /or long-term conditions who may have little access to exercise and getting out came together to build confidence, mobility and social interactions, promoting greater independence, thinking skills and wellbeing. Participants met for an initial project planning session and shaped the project by taking part in discussions at the end of every walk and / or through feedback and suggestions sent directly to the organisation.
22/08/2019 £30,000 £359,064 PENNYWELL YOUTH PROJECT This two-year project continues to run a community cafe twice a week, offering a free meal, refreshments and therapeutic activities to local people who are unemployed and living on the Pennywell estate in Sunderland. Through attending the café residents meet and make links with others and can go on to access other activities run at the centre which is open 7 days per week, building peer support, a sense of belonging and tackling isolation. The Café improves community capacity by encouraging all residents to participate and contribute to community life. Once a month there is a social outing for café participants plus ten community events per year. The café is run by local volunteers and a participants steering group.
22/08/2019 £11,140 PRIDE IN MIND This two-year grant supports the continuation of the monthly meeting for its members, those who identify as LGBT+ and with lived experience of mental health conditions living in parts of Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead and Sunderland. At the meetings, members plan future social activities and they are also a safe space to share their mental health concerns and receive support from either the group’s facilitators or peers. There are also regular social activities outside of the regular monthly meetings. Members can influence the group by suggesting potential social trips at these meetings or on an ad-hoc basis in between meetings.
22/08/2019 £25,789 £347,571 SCOTSWOOD NATURAL COMMUNITY GARDEN This two-year project provides regular gardening and social sessions for people living with dementia, at an Accessible Dementia Garden in the Scotswood area of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Participants are able to choose activities and decide what they want to do at each session. The project will support participants to get involved in outdoor activities, build connections with new people and make the area a better, friendlier place to live for people with Dementia.
22/08/2019 £30,873 £325,591 SIGNAL FILM AND MEDIA This 21-month project supported young people in Barrow-in-Furness to create their own creative digital film and media projects, talking about what mattered to them, and to learn new practical and leadership skills. The works produced included short films, documentaries and photography. The idea came from local young people, who were able to shape the project through a participant steering group. The project also enabled them to build lasting connections and friendships with their peers.
22/08/2019 £25,807 £76,685 WOR HOOSE COMMUNITY PROJECT This two-year project provides a lunch club twice a week for residents in the Hexham Avenue estate in the Walker ward of Newcastle. It brings residents together to help reduce social isolation, address food poverty and build community cohesion. Residents are involved in running the project and will be able to provide feedback every two months at focus group sessions.
22/08/2019 £5,000 £76,685 WOR HOOSE COMMUNITY PROJECT This one-year project offered a weekly intergenerational gardening group, a series of community clean up days and an after school club in the Walker ward of Newcastle. The project instilled a feeling of pride amongst residents in their local community, helped to maintain and tidy up the estate, and raised awareness about litter prevention. The local tenants and residents group suggested this project and there were opportunities for participants to shape the project.
22/08/2019 £28,720 £161,962 TEESSIDE ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB LIMITED This two-year project continued to deliver twice weekly drop-in sessions for unemployed men aged 45 years and above in Redcar, Cleveland, the majority of whom were former steelworks employees. Activities included sports activities and volunteering in the community with active volunteering groups. Two further weekly drop-in sessions were added to the project, providing social activities for local people aged 65 years and above who were at risk of isolation. Sessions included walking, chair exercise bingo, quizzes, and attending sports events, the cinema and shows alongside a buddy from the steering committee. The project was shaped by this committee who continued to shape it going forward with input from all participants.
22/08/2019 £41,586 THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS FOR REFORM NOW LTD. (ACORN) This two-year project will identify, engage and support private and social renters in the Shieldfield area of Newcastle to build active and effective groups that are able to support each other and advocate for the changes they want to see locally. The current group of local renters would like to expand their local links and activity, and develop a citywide campaign on the issues they face as tenants. A Community Organiser will be recruited to support this group, reach out to local people, and set up more local action groups.
06/08/2019 £31,919 UNITY YOUTH PROJECTS This two-year project provided weekly youth club access for young people living in Lowestoft who are interested in sub-cultural genres such as turn-based strategy, role playing, comic books, computer programming and gaming. Through this project, young people developed a new, dedicated youth space ‘The Fort’ that offers a welcome, non-judgemental environment where young people can feel comfortable to be themselves, make new friendships and provide peer support. The project was led by young people for young people - young people continued to shape and influence the project through a youth committee and regular feedback sessions.
06/08/2019 £7,500 SWAN (SUPPORTING WOMEN, ACTIVITIES NETWORK) This 20-month project delivered weekly therapy-based art and crafts and chair-based exercise classes to women who experience mental health issues and rural isolation. It offered opportunities to socialise and benefit from friendship and support offered from peers who have had similar experience of mental health issues. It brought together women from villages north Norfolk.
04/07/2019 £19,846 £109,196 WE:ARE WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT AND RECOVERY EDUCATORS LTD This two-year project supported a domestic abuse survivors’ group in Kings Heath, a suburb of Birmingham, with weekly peer support sessions and fortnightly workshops to increase their confidence, self-esteem and sense of empowerment. The group wished to influence and educate local agencies and policymakers so they could improve their responses to other women who experience abuse and avoid the misunderstandings, blame and reinforced trauma they themselves had experienced. The idea came from participants who were actively involved in how the project was shaped and developed.
04/07/2019 £17,645 £80,727 AFRICAN COMMUNITY HERITAGE HUB LTD This 18-month project provided dressmaking and sewing classes using recycled materials to African women aged 50+ who are refugees, originally from the East of Congo, Eritrea, Somalia and Syria and now living in the Balsall Heath area of Birmingham. Participants met twice a week to increase their skills, improve their English, increase self-confidence, tackle isolation and make friends. The women set up a steering group to decide what the project was shaped and developed.
04/07/2019 £24,505 DRUIDS HEATH AND MONYHULL FORUM This two-year project aims to empower local residents of Druid Health in Birmingham to have a voice in the regeneration of the local area and build community cohesion. Local people come together regularly to discuss local issues and plans for regeneration. The project is designed to enable a community led regeneration and challenge the plans which will displace many residents, and involves monthly committee meetings, open forum meetings, community social events, advocacy sessions and training workshops.
04/07/2019 £14,950 GOSPEL OAK COMMUNITY CENTRE This one-year project delivered four local weekly groups for people living on the Gospel Oak Estate in Birmingham - a men’s cookery group, a women’s craft group, a group for newly-arrived older people, and a parents’ group (with childcare) for newly arrived asylum seekers. Participants also led an open day, attended by others from the local community, raising awareness of the work and achievements of these groups. The idea was been developed in response to requests from local people for activities to meet their specific needs, and each group decided on their focus and the activities they participated in. Through meeting others with similar interests and circumstances, the project helped build participants’ confidence and provided opportunities to build further local connections.
04/07/2019 £35,000 INTEGREAT THEATRE This two-year project provides fun and inspiring drama workshops for people from both the deaf and hearing communities. The aim is to enable beneficiaries to interact with each other, share their ideas and create innovative drama workshops and performances. The project is designed to teach participants new skills, promote wellbeing through collaborative working and improve their confidence. There are also trips to the theatre and social events to expand friendships.
04/07/2019 £21,888 £206,964 MOSELEY ROAD BATHS CIO This project offered free swim and social sessions aimed at women aged 18+ living in the community surrounding Moseley Road Baths, particularly those who were experiencing higher levels of social isolation. Sessions involved both swimming and a social peer support group, with activities chosen by the group and family fun days. The idea had been developed in response to feedback from individual women and partnerships with local women’s organisations and aimed to increase social connectedness. Participants could shape the project by joining the project steering group, completing quarterly surveys and attending focus groups.
04/07/2019 £32,500 £248,139 NEW HEIGHTS - WARREN FARM COMMUNITY PROJECT In this two-year project a Volunteer Coordinator continued the delivery and expansion of a range of activities for older, disabled and isolated people living in and around the Warren Farm Estate in Kingstanding, Birmingham. In response to council cuts leading to a lack of facilities and activities, a volunteer coordinator recruited, trained and supported volunteers from the local community to deliver activities such as lunch clubs, Tai Chi, arts and crafts, a mental health group, community meals, and a daily community café offering a space to meet and chat and enjoy affordable meals and snacks. The project provided a range of opportunities for people to meet each other, socialise, and become more active in their community. Participants shaped the project through monthly focus groups, regular opportunities to feed back, and through a project management team involving elected group members.
04/07/2019 £14,461 O'DELLS COMMUNITY PRIDE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB This two-year project provided regular social and activity sessions for older people living in Hodge Hill, Birmingham. Sessions involved social opportunities such as tea and coffee mornings, low level exercise classes and occasional outings. The local area had no facilities for the elderly to use and the new activities provided opportunities for older people to meet with others, socialise and tackle loneliness and isolation. Participants could join the planning group to help to develop the project and also feedback via focus groups. As a result of the pandemic, the group changed their delivery to include home service delivery of meals for the older people as well as the wider community with the support of a core group of local volunteers.
04/07/2019 £12,846 OPEN HAND OUTREACH This is an initiative targeting women – particularly those who are not in education or employment – and including young women and single mothers living in Stockland Green area in Birmingham. A fashion design and empowerment project runs weekly where participants will learn skills such as sewing, cutting, designing, pattern-making, knitting, embroidery and more. The project aims to enhance integration and friendships between women from different cultures and backgrounds and help equip people with employability and life skills. A steering group including participants meets monthly and opinions can also be shared via the weekly evaluation forms.
04/07/2019 £24,320 £78,580 PAT BENSON COMMUNITY SPORTS FOUNDATION LIMITED This two-year project provides a range of activities, including cooking, keep-fit, art and coffee mornings, for people in the Small Heath area of Birmingham to get to know each other and socialise. The project has a particular emphasis on welcoming the Syrian refugees amongst the community who have recently been resettled to the area, may not have any friends locally, and have yet to establish strong networks with the existing community. Local people can join the project steering group which plans the activities as the project develops.
04/07/2019 £13,828 SQUARE PEG FOUNDATION CIC This 12-month project continued the existing weekly Lego-based therapy sessions for children and their families with additional needs and /or affected by disability. The group provided an opportunity for families to get together for play in a safe environment, make friends and build a supportive network within their community, this helped to reduce their social isolation. Participants were able to contribute ideas to how the club developed through informal conversations.
13/06/2019 £29,840 ARTICULATE CULTURAL TRUST (ACT) This two-year project provides young people aged 15 to 25 with shared experiences (care experienced young people, young refugees/asylum seekers, young carers, etc.) from the same area of Glasgow with a regular monthly programme of cultural visits to exhibitions, performances, events and festivals across Scotland. Activities and visits are chosen by the group and include associated workshops, curated tours, discussions and meetings with other organisations as well as a shared meal to discuss the work. Participants are developing their shared interests in creative and cultural events and building a social and peer group amongst those with a shared experience, as well as developing their own creative skills and practice. All group members co-design and inform the development of the project.
13/06/2019 £16,120 BEATROUTE ARTS This one-year project was the continuation of the 'Take a Bow' project, providing local young people aged 4–25 with weekly workshops teaching viola/violin, cello and creative musicianship. The project took place at the organisation’s purpose-built community centre in Balornock, Glasgow. It aimed to address identified gaps in local provision and to bring learning opportunities to the community, supporting local people to build skills, confidence, and positive peer groups. Participants shaped the project though a Youth Board and by feeding into Trustee meetings.
13/06/2019 £24,719 EASTHALL RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION This two-year project was the expansion of work with adults with additional support needs which provided two all-day sessions per week for participants who predominantly came from Easthall, Kildermorie in the North East of Glasgow. A variety of activities was provided, which included: arts and crafts, health and beauty, cooking (including a SQA level in hygiene), music therapy (percussion and instrument tuition), sports, physical activity, gardening, games consoles, IT and a lunch club. This project encouraged participants to come together, socialise, make new friends, sample new activities and develop new skills. A group of participants, carers, volunteers and staff steered and shaped the project.
13/06/2019 £25,135 SCOTTISH ETHNIC MINORITY DEAF CLUB SCIO This two-year project continued the GAthereD Project for the deaf ethnic minority community in Greater Glasgow. Workshops, events and networking opportunities were organised to encourage more individuals who are deaf and from ethnic minority families to attend the club. A part-time development worker was employed to empower its existing members to learn skills and take a leading role in the planning and delivery of the project. This member of staff also trained and coordinated its volunteers to run accessible information sessions, bi-weekly meetings, educational trips and events. The project brought this group and their families together and sought to enable them to integrate into their local communities.
13/06/2019 £23,615 £967,135 WORCESTER COMMUNITY TRUST This one-year project aimed to empower older residents in the Ronkswood area of Worcester to shape service delivery in their community. The project built on a seven-month community engagement process, which asked older people what was important to them and what they wanted to get involved in. A steering group of older, isolated residents developed weekly activities based on ongoing engagement with their peers. The steering group discussed its findings with an advisory group who disseminated this information and connected residents with other services, with the aim of influencing decision-making at local and county level.
13/06/2019 £25,580 ST MATTHEW'S CENTRE This two-year project provides a range of activities for local people in the Possilpark, Lambhill, Ruchill, Milton and Cadder areas of North Glasgow. Sessions include a monthly community meal, a weekly cookery class, fresh food and cooking workshops at "Community Gardening and Play" sessions, and access to a FareShare Community Food membership that prevents disused food going to landfill. Local people will come together and create new friendships, contributing to a healthier and happy community. They shape the project by feeding back at the sessions and a centre users’ forum will be established to inform decision-making. The project is delivered in partnership with another group based at the Centre – The Concrete Garden.
13/06/2019 £33,600 THE WHITEROSE ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL CENTRE This two-year project continues to deliver a weekly Men's Group, providing personal development and social activities for local men aged 20-80 from the Whiterose neighbourhood of Glasgow’s East End. The project offers opportunities for time and space away from the family and to connect with each other, breaking down social isolation and improving emotional wellbeing. Participants take part in designing the programmes and activities and are represented on the Project Committee which monitors activity and takes decisions.
06/06/2019 £5,000 £12,107 POSITIVE WEST MIDLANDS This 12-month project provides a peer-support and mentoring group with dance and arts and crafts activities for adults in Birmingham living with or affected by HIV. The group aims to tackle social and emotional isolation which can result from stigma related to HIV and supports members to live the best lives they can with their friends, family and wider communities. The group is peer-led and run by member-volunteers with regular group discussions where all can feed back.
30/05/2019 £25,035 £226,874 WEST NORFOLK DEAF ASSOCIATION This two-year project aims to increase opportunities for hearing impaired people in West Norfolk and Breckland to engage in social activities facilitated by a community worker trained in British Sign Language. Activities will include weekly coffee mornings, smaller special interest groups and a series of sessions with an interpreter. The project aims to reduce the social isolation experienced by the deaf community. Participants will work with the community worker to steer the project and will form a group that will feed into the organisation’s Board meetings.
30/05/2019 £22,200 £41,184 ASD HELPING HANDS This two-year project is to expand and develop family groups and youth services for people affected by Autism Spectrum Condition in Thetford and Dereham in Norfolk. Family groups are for parents/carers, siblings and children with or without formal diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Condition up to the age of 13; the youth groups are for young people, their friends and siblings aged 11 to 25. Members shape the project through regular feedback and discussion and peer-to-peer support and friendship helps recognise and address the social isolation and discrimination many experience and to increase confidence and self-esteem.
30/05/2019 £24,010 £203,211 ATF SOUTHEND This two-year project on the Felmores estate, Basildon delivered weekly social sessions plus holiday activities for young people aged 11-16. Responding to racial tensions on the estate and grooming of young people for ‘county lines’ drug running, the project aimed to increase friendships within the estate and make a stronger community. The young people themselves designed and led activities, including through a youth panel and ‘community champions’ who promoted activities.
30/05/2019 £32,000 £190,536 BATIAS INDEPENDENT ADVOCACY SERVICE This two-year project delivers a weekly social club for people with learning disabilities living in supported living or on their own in Basildon and Thurrock, Essex. The project aims to support people with learning disabilities to create links in the wider community. With support from staff, the project is run by the participants, which will help them to gain confidence and new skills to access more mainstream facilities. A facilitated participant planning committee shapes the project.
30/05/2019 £36,680 IPSWICH COMMUNITY MEDIA CIC This two-year project ran weekly creative workshops in arts, music and media specifically designed for and by young people living in Westgate Ward in the centre of Ipswich. The idea came from participants from a pilot project and the young people formed a core group to influence the development of the project. Children and young people from the local diverse communities including Roma, Polish, Portuguese, Lithuanian and British were involved and the project was supported by local resident groups as well as parents, councillors and school staff. Participants were able to build social links within the group and the wider community.
30/05/2019 £26,246 £247,522 OPENING DOORS This two-year project is a weekly user-led community office skills group for adults with learning disabilities in Diss, Norfolk and surrounding areas. The project uses a working office environment to support people with learning disabilities to learn new skills using peer support, which encourages a better understanding of each other’s needs. Activities are focused around improving their literacy and numeracy, building connections with the local community and increasing their confidence and self-esteem through positive relationships. Participants have developed this project idea after taking part in a pilot project and will continue to shape delivery through regular ‘talk and review’ sessions and becoming part of the user-led committee that will steer the project.
30/05/2019 £37,020 OUT LOUD MUSIC COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY This two-year project was an extension of an existing weekly project delivering weekly multimedia workshops for young people with additional needs living in the Ipswich area. The project delivered weekend music sessions during term time, as well as a summer camp running over five days during the school holidays. Activities at these sessions ranged from music creation, editing short films, DJ skills and a coding club. Participants and their parents/carers became members of a steering group to shape and influence the project, and took part in regular feedback and consultation activity.
30/05/2019 £31,161 £16,406 PHOENIX PROJECT IPSWICH A two-year project targeting people from Ipswich with experience of mental health issues, this creative initiative sought to increase skills and confidence in a supportive way, while strengthening community cohesion. Activities included weekly community radio shows, and regular workshops based on subjects such as music, film and creative writing. Participants also came together to plan two annual community events and established a new website to showcase its outputs.
30/05/2019 £30,000 THE VOICE CLOUD CIC This two-year "singing for wellbeing" project was based in Lowestoft and Waveney. The project aimed to encourage interest in Suffolk’s unique coastal, cultural and musical heritage by exploring folk music and its associated traditions created by fishing communities. It involved music sessions for parents of children in their early years, extra-curricular music workshops for young people, and a choir for local people. Participants shaped ongoing delivery and development through regular feedback sessions.
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Cumulative Grants
Amount Grantee
£248,912 ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE
£198,485 SCOPE
£101,136 THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS FOR REFORM NOW LTD. (ACORN)
£87,503 CITIZENS UK CHARITY
£73,560 PLAYPEACE SCIO
£72,496 COMMUNITY RENEWAL TRUST
£58,831 EDBERTS HOUSE
£57,605 OPENING DOORS
£56,368 HONEY HOPE FARM COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
£52,805 LIVING RENT
£51,998 VIP ARTS & SPORTS ACADEMY
£51,760 IGNITEYOU CIC
£48,032 ACCESS DORSET LTD
£43,680 WOLVES LANE CONSORTIUM
£42,859 CARIBBEAN & AFRICAN HEALTH NETWORK
£42,361 THE PHOENIX PROJECT IPSWICH
£42,278 LEEDS MUSLIM YOUTH FORUM
£41,546 FEARON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION LTD
£41,330 SOMALI GIRLS CAN
£40,730 THE GIFTED ORGANISATION LIMITED
£40,000 WIGAN & LEIGH PEOPLE FIRST
£40,000 TELL IT PARENTS NETWORK
£40,000 MOUNT PLEASANT ROAD COMMUNITY GROUP
£40,000 BUTTERFLIES CLUB C.I.C
£40,000 BRISTOL WOMEN'S VOICE
£40,000 AFRICAN CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
£39,976 WINDMILL COMMUNITY GARDENS
£39,960 PROMAS CARING FOR PEOPLE CIC
£39,915 YOUNG ASIAN VOICES
£39,864 LEV ECHOD CANCER CARE
£39,640 PLYMOUTH YOUTH SAILING CLUB
£39,436 VIBRANT WARSOP COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
£39,227 DIAL SOUTH ESSEX
£39,003 WESTPOINT-SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
£38,727 HONLEY VILLAGE COMMUNITY TRUST
£38,646 FACE FRONT INCLUSIVE THEATRE LIMITED
£38,570 SV2G - ST.VINCENT & THE GRENADINES 2ND GENERATION
£38,457 FOOD & EDUCATION ENTERPRISE CIC
£38,347 OXFORD CITY FARM
£38,024 ONE-TO-ONE (ENFIELD)
£37,987 CORNWALL DOWNS SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP
£37,931 THORNTON LODGE ACTION GROUP
£37,799 RECREATE DORSET
£37,780 LIVING UNDER ONE SUN
£37,468 KUSHY DIL (HAPPY HEART) WOMENS GROUP
£37,278 LONDON TIGERS LTD
£37,191 EPIC PARTNERS
£37,118 WALSALL BANGLADESHI PROGRESSIVE SOCIETY
£37,082 SHE UK
£37,020 OUT LOUD MUSIC COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
£36,974 PALLION ACTION GROUP
£36,933 MENSCRAFT
£36,735 AFRICAN LANARKSHIRE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
£36,680 IPSWICH COMMUNITY MEDIA CIC
£36,670 BREAKING BARRIERS BUILDING BRIDGES
£36,613 COACTIVE ARTS
£36,380 GOOD COMPANIONS
£36,256 SWANSEA COMMUNITY FARM
£36,220 NORTHERN CORRIDOR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS
£36,000 LEYS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
£35,913 VIDA SHEFFIELD
£35,898 BRIGHT FUTURES NE
£35,847 MANCHESTER CONGOLESE ORGANISATION LTD (MACO)
£35,780 OUR WAY OUR SAY
£35,762 COMMUNITY ASSET PROJECT
£35,700 FRIENDS OF ST PAUL'S LUXURIANCE
£35,640 THE VALE (KNOWN AS VALE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION)
£35,504 BLACK COUNTRY INNOVATE CIC
£35,280 PHANTASMAGORIA CIC
£35,000 INTEGREAT THEATRE
£34,956 GALLATOWN GALA & COMMUNITY GROUP
£34,780 YARAN NORTHWEST CIC
£34,672 MIREHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE
£34,599 GRASSROOTS ENTERPRISE FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION AND POVERTY RELIEF/GESIPR
£34,140 THEATRE ORCHARD PROJECTS LTD
£33,832 SKILLS AND TRAINING NETWORK
£33,671 DIVERSE ACTIVE C.I.C
£33,600 THE WHITEROSE ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL CENTRE
£33,360 SUGAR STEALERS CIC
£33,200 THE BAREFACED PROJECT
£33,150 NAFSIYAT
£33,097 MANY MINDS
£33,050 MADE BY MORTALS
£33,030 ASPIRE CREATING COMMUNITIES
£32,983 THE HILL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST
£32,920 SUPPORT U LTD
£32,502 CENTRAL AFRICAN YOUTH IN ENFIELD - CAYE
£32,500 NEW HEIGHTS - WARREN FARM COMMUNITY PROJECT
£32,326 LEEP1 CIC
£32,323 WILLOW TREE
£32,081 COMMUNITY ACTION SUFFOLK (CAS)
£32,000 BATIAS INDEPENDENT ADVOCACY SERVICE
£31,919 UNITY YOUTH PROJECTS
£31,720 LEARN FOR LIFE ENTERPRISE LIMITED
£31,650 THE VINE COMMUNITY CENTRE LTD
£31,538 GREAT YARMOUTH & GORLESTON YOUNG CARERS PROJECT
£31,512 BLACKBIRD LEYS ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND
£31,449 THE MARTIN GALLIER PROJECT
£31,358 PAT BENSON COMMUNITY SPORTS FOUNDATION LIMITED
£31,320 GLADIATORS BOXING ACADEMY
£31,204 BATLEY COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTRE
£31,165 CROSSINGS COMMUNITY GROUP
£30,977 BRACKENWOOD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
£30,934 WISBECH PROJECTS CIC
£30,927 SPORT FOR GOOD CIC
£30,918 THE CARRBRIDGE CENTRE LIMITED
£30,873 SIGNAL FILM AND MEDIA
£30,807 WOR HOOSE COMMUNITY PROJECT
£30,497 BOURNEMOUTH PARKS FOUNDATION
£30,147 SOCIAL CHEF LTD
£30,000 THE VOICE CLOUD CIC
£30,000 SUPPORT 4 CHANGE (S4C)
£30,000 PENNYWELL YOUTH PROJECT
£30,000 MEN UP NORTH
£30,000 LOUD ARTS CIC
£30,000 JUSTICE PRINCE CIC
£29,994 SEND PROJECT
£29,952 MEN TOO
£29,877 PLYMOUTH HOPE
£29,873 COMMUNITY HOUSE, ETON ROAD
£29,860 ROLL MODEL YOUTH AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CIC
£29,840 ARTICULATE CULTURAL TRUST (ACT)
£29,769 CLIFFTOP PROJECTS CIC
£29,656 COMMUNITY CARE ENTERTAINMENTS
£29,253 RIG ARTS LTD
£29,160 STANDBRIDGE LANE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST
£29,078 HONICKNOWLE COMMNET LTD
£28,993 FOOTPRINTS IN THE COMMUNITY
£28,720 TEESSIDE ATHLETIC FOOTBALL CLUB LIMITED
£28,556 AFGHANISTAN AND CENTRAL ASIAN ASSOCIATION
£28,520 WIGAN AND LEIGH DEAF CHILDREN’S SOCIETY
£28,155 TURNING POINTS SOLUTIONS CIC
£28,000 JAZANNE ARTS CIC
£27,960 ADVICE SUPPORT KNOWLEDGE INFORMATION
£27,780 OFFSHOOTS EAST MIDLANDS CIC
£27,724 SMILE CONNECT
£27,430 DIVERSITY MATTERS NORTH WEST
£27,115 KHALSA YOUTH FOOTBALL ACADEMY
£27,060 OUR ROOTS INNER CITY LIVES
£27,003 AFRICAN COMMUNITY HERITAGE HUB LTD
£26,932 ASIAN RESOURCE CENTRE OF CROYDON
£26,820 RACE EQUALITY FIRST LTD
£26,803 THE VALE OF LEVEN TRUST
£26,620 CLOTH CAT STUDIOS
£26,619 CHALKHILL COMMUNITY ACTION
£26,390 WORDS FOR WELLBEING
£26,000 JAMIE MCDONNELL FIGHT FOR GOOD CIC
£25,975 ATHELAS CIC
£25,868 BE FREE YOUNG CARERS
£25,826 OASIS COMMUNITY HUB: NORTH BRISTOL
£25,789 SCOTSWOOD NATURAL COMMUNITY GARDEN
£25,600 KIDS IN COMMUNICATION
£25,580 ST MATTHEW'S CENTRE
£25,534 EDUCATION & SKILLS DEVELOPMENT GROUP (ESDEG)
£25,451 GETAWAY GIRLS
£25,302 VETERANS IN CRISIS
£25,173 REFUGEE ROOTS
£25,135 SCOTTISH ETHNIC MINORITY DEAF CLUB SCIO
£25,047 SOCIETY ALIVE
£25,036 QUEEN'S PARK BANGLADESH ASSOCIATION
£25,035 WEST NORFOLK DEAF ASSOCIATION
£25,000 WOMEN WITH A VOICE
£25,000 OPUS INDEPENDENTS
£24,942 MARYLEBONE BANGLADESH SOCIETY
£24,874 NORTH WINGFIELD COMMUNITY ALLOTMENT
£24,831 CROYDON PEOPLE FIRST
£24,719 NEWPORT PEOPLE FIRST
£24,719 EASTHALL RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
£24,623 MUMS4ACHANGE CIC
£24,525 SHIREHAMPTON COMMUNITY ACTION FORUM
£24,517 CALDMORE VILLAGE FESTIVAL LTD
£24,505 DRUIDS HEATH AND MONYHULL FORUM
£24,076 SAVANNAH DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION LTD
£24,010 ATF SOUTHEND
£24,000 RHEMA CHURCH MINISTRIES
£23,632 OPEN MINDS ACTIVE LTD
£23,615 WORCESTER COMMUNITY TRUST
£23,505 JAGS FOUNDATION COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
£23,500 OFF THE GRID ADVENTURES CIC
£23,197 THE AVENUES YOUTH PROJECT
£22,956 SUPPORT NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
£22,750 BANOODA AID FOUNDATION
£22,709 THE ANTWERP ARMS ASSOCIATION
£22,685 APNA VIRSA
£22,683 STEPPING OUT THEATRE
£22,378 TIKVA
£22,200 ASD HELPING HANDS
£21,900 EAST AFRICAN SUPPORT GROUP
£21,888 MOSELEY ROAD BATHS CIO
£21,841 BANGLADESH YOUTH MOVEMENT (BYM)
£21,732 HEADWAY WEARSIDE
£21,540 ARTISTIC SPECTRUM LIMITED
£20,774 HOPS (HEALING OPPORTUNITIES PROVISION SCHEME)
£20,636 ACTIVE LIVES ACTIVE COMMUNITIES CIC
£20,537 BRENT PARENT CARER FORUM CIC
£20,454 SHREE RAM KRISHNA COMMUNITY PROJECT
£20,286 SAMEE
£20,255 LEE GARDENS POOL COMMITTEE
£20,114 AAINA COMMUNITY HUB
£20,028 DEDICATED (EAST MIDLANDS) COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
£20,000 TEEN ACTION
£20,000 OASIS COMMUNITY CHURCH (WORKSOP)
£20,000 LIGHTHOUSE - SUPPORTING WOMEN THROUGH STORMY TIMES
£20,000 HAWKSWORTH OLDER PEOPLE SUPPORT SERVICES HOPS LTD
£20,000 EMPOWR-U CIC
£20,000 BARKING & DAGENHAM PROGRESS PROJECT
£19,846 WE:ARE WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT AND RECOVERY EDUCATORS LTD
£19,704 UTOPIA PROJECT CIC
£19,607 HOY & WALLS COMMUNITY GARDEN
£19,100 WILLOW LEARNING FOR LIFE LTD COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
£19,072 SHEFFIELD PARENT CARER FORUM
£18,898 INTEGRATION STATION CIC
£18,808 BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN HEALTHY LIVING
£18,750 SWAN (SUPPORTING WOMEN, ACTIVITIES NETWORK)
£18,486 RIVER HOUSE TRUST
£18,450 HIGHLIGHTS
£18,380 STEEL CITY AMATEUR BOXING CLUB
£18,320 TOUCHBASE CARE CIC
£18,000 MOTHER AND CHILD WELFARE ORGANISATION
£17,939 RIANA DEVELOPMENT NETWORK (RDN)
£17,100 AVANT CYMRU (LEGALLY AVANT THEATRE CIC)
£16,956 WOMEN'S VOICES
£16,820 FAR FLUNG DANCE THEATRE C.I.C
£16,277 MOVING ON (INVERCLYDE)
£16,120 BEATROUTE ARTS
£15,956 GREENWICH COALITION FOR EQUALITY & HUMAN RIGHTS
£15,940 SUNBEAMS LONDON LTD
£15,920 SAWAN VIHAR
£15,756 FLOTTA MENS SHED AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION
£15,339 COTTON SHED THEATRE COMPANY
£15,310 OUR BARN COMMUNITY
£15,237 RAINBOW ACTION GROUP
£15,073 FONDATION FERNAND YAV
£15,000 SAMPHIRE
£15,000 NODDFA COMMUNITY CENTRE
£15,000 CYMER AFAN COMMUNITY LIBRARY
£14,977 GWYNFI MINERS COMMUNITY HALL
£14,950 GOSPEL OAK COMMUNITY CENTRE
£14,883 HEALTHY HOPES CUMBRIA LTD COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
£14,822 DEAF UNITY
£14,760 REDBRIDGE EDUCATION & SOCIAL WELFARE SUPPORT GROUP (AWAAZ - VOICE OF WOMEN)
£14,583 TAN TEDDY FOLKS AND CULTURE GROUP
£14,461 O'DELLS COMMUNITY PRIDE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB
£14,234 SUNDERLAND SQUASH CLUB
£14,220 HANSEATIC UNION
£14,216 HOUNSLOW MULTI-CULTURAL CENTRE
£14,132 SUMMERWOOD LANE COMMUNITY GARDEN
£14,090 REWILD PLAY
£14,030 BRITSOM
£13,968 FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AFFECTED BY MURDER AND SUICIDE (FAMS)
£13,888 ACTIVITEENS
£13,828 SQUARE PEG FOUNDATION CIC
£13,708 POLISH PARENT AND TODDLER COMMUNITY GROUP
£13,472 MAYMESSY CIC
£13,040 OMG4U CIC
£12,846 OPEN HAND OUTREACH
£12,789 PLACE AT MY TABLE
£12,500 AIREDALE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
£12,483 AFRICAN YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
£12,190 ENTRUST CARE PARTNERSHIP C.I.C.
£12,000 LLWYNHENDY AND PEMBERTON FORUM
£12,000 LEMON LEOPARD
£12,000 HAYAAT WOMEN TRUST
£12,000 EFA LONDON
£11,999 HOY YOUTH HUB
£11,982 INTEGREAT THEATRE
£11,979 PENTREBANE ZONE
£11,959 SNAP DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
£11,952 MAA SHANTI
£11,924 WOMEN ACTING IN TODAY'S SOCIETY ( WAITS)
£11,916 THE BROCK GARDEN CENTRE SCIO
£11,916 JACK DRUM ARTS C.I.C
£11,842 PENTREF TYLERI CBC
£11,834 SOCIETYLINKS TOWER HAMLETS
£11,715 HORN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (CIC)
£11,660 TRAVELLERSPACE
£11,632 BRINK PRODUCTIONS LIMITED
£11,583 MHA COMMUNITIES ROTHWELL & DISTRICT
£11,548 YM EMPOWER
£11,520 MYBUS C T LTD
£11,506 PHOENIX UTD CIC
£11,497 FINDING YOUR FEET
£11,425 MIND THE GAP MUSIC GROUP
£11,417 FLOURISHING FAIFLEY
£11,396 IPSWICH COMMUNITY MEDIA AND LEARNING CIO
£11,360 KICKING FOR GRASSROOTS CIC
£11,355 NEWPORT YEMINI COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION (NYCA)
£11,280 BELLAMY ROAD TENANTS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
£11,153 STRING OF HEARTS CIC
£11,140 PRIDE IN MIND
£11,082 MAKE IT HAPPEN BIRKENHEAD LIMITED
£11,000 HIRWAUN YMCA
£10,934 BRITSOM
£10,901 TILLERY ACTION FOR YOU LTD
£10,780 OPEN HAND OUTREACH
£10,767 THE BIRTH PARTNER PROJECT
£10,686 BROXTOWE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
£10,683 THE ELOQUENT FOLD
£10,626 TOOLS 4 TEENS
£10,620 ALINGTON HOUSE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
£10,573 THE SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL COLLECTIVE LTD
£10,560 REBUILDING LIVES COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
£10,535 ROOTS & RESILIENCE (SCIO)
£10,510 SHIFT TOGETHER CIC
£10,440 THE KITE TRUST
£10,398 SOMALI SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB
£10,258 THE SENSORY SHACK COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY
£10,214 SWIM THE WIGHT
£10,187 Q:ALLIANCE
£10,104 PAKISTAN ASSOCIATION HUDDERSFIELD
£10,080 CHAD (CHOICE FOR ALL DONCASTER)
£10,074 THE SONSHINE CLUB
£10,010 MHA SOUTH & WEST BIRMINGHAM LIVE AT HOME
£10,000 GREENOCK MORTON COMMUNITY TRUST LTD
£10,000 BINGHAM AND MAGDALENE NEWSGROUP
£10,000 BLISS=ABILITY LIMITED
£10,000 AGE CONCERN UPWELL AND OUTWELL LUNCHEON CLUB
£9,991 PALFREY PARK FRIENDS AND USERS ASSOCIATION
£9,990 THE BIPOLAR LIFT CIC
£9,970 BRAUNSTONE GATE AND WEST END COMMUNITY
£9,927 BLACK ETHNIC SKILLS & TRAINING INITIATIVES
£9,900 COMMUNITY ACTION ON DEMENTIA – BRENT
£9,890 GREENWICH VIETNAM WOMEN'S GROUP
£9,720 TSA SPORTS AND EDUCATION CIC
£9,526 CULTURE SHIFT
£9,491 THE RENA INITIATIVE CIC
£9,323 AUTISM HOUNSLOW
£9,293 THE RED EARTH COLLECTIVE CIC
£9,180 WETA - COMMUNITY SERVICES CIC
£9,140 BEAF ARTS COMPANY LTD
£9,120 THE HIVE IPSWICH CIC
£9,023 BELVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN TRUST
£9,000 GIVE A DOG A BONE... AND AN ANIMAL A HOME
£8,942 LINTON LANE CENTRE
£8,936 ACTS FAST
£8,920 PEOPLE FIRST DORSET
£8,868 ETHIOPIAN WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT GROUP
£8,821 ABBERTON RURAL TRAINING
£8,784 WARM HUT UK
£8,768 JUNCTION ARTS LTD
£8,629 CARERS OF LEICESTERSHIRE ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT PROJECT
£8,574 HOLDING SPACE
£8,467 FREEDOM COMMUNITY PROJECT
£8,256 REFUGEEYOUTH LIMITED
£8,231 AYLESBURY VALE AND MILTON KEYNES SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ABUSE SUPPORT SERVICE
£8,144 SALUS FATIGUE FOUNDATION
£7,949 WATER LILY PROJECT
£7,914 ACTIVATING CREATIVE TALENT CIC
£7,858 SUSSEX YOUTH ARTS FOUNDATION
£7,680 PLAY ALLOA
£7,650 SPORTING ELITE CIC
£7,601 STRIKE9T CIC
£7,584 ROMA RIGHT PATH PROJECT CIC
£7,500 GUIDEPOST
£7,371 WE ARE MUSIC LTD
£7,290 COMMUNITY INTEREST LUTON
£7,276 CREATIVE WAVES COMMUNITY ARTS CIC
£7,140 AGRANI ARTS AND CULTURAL SOCIETY
£7,122 NEW HOPE GLOBAL
£6,904 NIFTY FIFTY'S
£6,600 COMMUNITY ACTIONS FOR LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES (CAFLO)
£6,153 OCHIL YOUTHS COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT (OYCI)
£6,101 BREDBURY COMMUNITY HUB
£6,061 THE BIVOL TRUST
£6,000 SOUTHALL COMMUNITY ALLIANCE (SCA)
£6,000 HOME-START CROYDON
£6,000 CONTENTO SOCIAL HOMES CIC
£6,000 BIRMINGHAM CITY CLUBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
£5,654 ABILITY SHETLAND
£5,620 HEADWAY PORTSMOUTH & SOUTH EAST HAMPSHIRE
£5,350 COP MEADOW ENHANCEMENT GROUP
£5,342 COMMUNITY HONEYCOMB CIC
£5,217 CYNON VALLEY MUSEUM TRUST
£5,000 POSITIVE WEST MIDLANDS
£5,000 MINDFUL ACTIVITIES YORKSHIRE CIC
£5,000 DENTON YOUTH & COMMUNITY PROJECT LIMITED
£4,460 PEMBROKESHIRE WEIGHTLIFTING
£4,416 MADE WITH LOVE ACTIVITY GROUP
£4,134 MED3 MUSIC
£4,056 WE ARE AWARE CIC
£3,960 HEART OF PORTSMOUTH BOXING ACADEMY CIC
£3,866 KARIBU AFRICAN WOMEN’S SUPPORT GROUP
£3,646 DOWNHAM DEMENTIA
£3,078 GOSPORT PARTNERS THROUGH PAIN
£3,022 NEWCASTLE DISABILITY FORUM
£3,011 BARC (BRIDGEND ADULT RESOURCE CENTRE) COMMUNITY OUTREACH CENTRE
£3,000 EAST INDIA OVER 50'S CONSORTIUM
£3,000 DERRY MATHEWS ACADEMY CIC
£3,000 AUTISM HELP
£0 WELSH HOUSE FARM GREEN GRAFTERS
£0 WHISH- WHITBY HIDDEN IMPAIRMENTS SUPPORT & HELP
£0 VILLAGE
£0 TREK THERAPY CIC
£0 THE SIDEWALK YOUTH ORGANISATION
£0 TAVGA
£0 SAFETY FIRST COMMUNITY TRAINING CENTRE
£0 PENDOWER GOOD NEIGHBOUR PROJECT
£0 PCC ST JOHN'S BOWLING
£0 OUTHOUSE EAST
£0 JUST FOR WOMEN CENTRE CIC
£0 HOME ON THE RANGE
£0 FOUNDATION FUTURES CIO
£0 E:MERGE (UK) COMPANY LTD
£0 DEAF WORLD
£0 CROSSINGS COMMUNITY GROUP
£0 CREATIVE STROKE RECOVERY GROUP
£0 CONNECTING ROMA C.I.C
£0 COMMUNITY REGENERATION OUTREACH PROJECTS LTD (CROPS)
£0 COASTLINE SIGHT AND HEARING
£0 CLEAR BUCKHAVEN
£0 BD4 COMMUNITY TRUST LTD
£0 ARTICULATE CULTURAL TRUST (ACT)
£0 AFRICAN CARIBBEAN ACHIEVEMENT PROJECT (ACAP)
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