Community fund recipients and projects delivered in 2023-2024

Groundworks Five Counties – Project - Green Solutions for Local Challenges
Supporting the most vulnerable Amber Valley residents to become more financially resilient to better cope with the cost-of-living crises.

The service offer includes:

  • support to reduce energy bills- home energy surveys and outreach events, to help people to identify ways to reduce energy costs.
  • support to increase income- help to apply for grants, benefits, and other financial support.

Being supported by Groundwork provides access the provider’s other services including.

  • Social prescribing, green volunteering - benefiting health and wellbeing
  • Increasing life chances- access opportunities in skills.

Heanor Vision – Project – Floodlights and Flicks
Purchasing audio/visual equipment to enable a regular programme of theatrical, arts and film events held in a community building. The project aims at build community cohesion and engagement with diverse groups by providing the service at a subsidised rate.

The scheme will also provide training and development opportunities around the project management of events, focusing with a view to retaining those in receipt of training as volunteers with a view to strengthening the sustainability of the project.

Infinite Wellbeing – Project – Infinite Wellbeing Role Play Centre
The vision is to run activities providing a diverse range of groups within the community with access to affordable yet impactful provision which contributes to their mental wellbeing, social inclusion, and sense of belonging in the community.

The Role Play Centre will support this vision and provide 8 imaginative areas plus a baby area and a book corner.

On designated days, a fitness instructor will run a fitness class for parents alongside the Role Play Centre. This will bring further health and wellbeing benefits for parents.

Platform Thirty1 – Project – Learner to Leader
Learner to Leader will provide a positive, cultural, diversionary enrichment activity for 14 people aged 10-16 years seeking to develop new skills and grow their confidence.

The leadership training programme explores what leadership qualities are and enable participants to grow their own, giving them creative experiences.

This leads into them designing a creative enrichment programme for younger peers, giving them skills and agency to work with a professional creative practitioner they can shadow and work alongside. As volunteers they will deliver free cultural activities for children in the Amber Valley.

Salcare – Project – Moving Forward
Introducing a Volunteer Development Mentor to create a volunteer development plan which links roles within the organisation with support for volunteers to enable them to gaining skills and qualifications whilst in their role at Salcare which will help them in the jobs market.

Volunteer it Yourself – Project – The Old Farm Bus
Refurbishing a decommissioned bus into an educational learning space for local young people. Improvements will also allow the organisation to host more events and activities on top of those that currently use the space.

Works on the project will be undertaken by local young volunteers who are typically aged 16+, economically inactive/unemployed and disengaged or excluded from mainstream education and training. They will learn and apply vocational trade skills on the job whilst being mentored by, and working alongside, professional tradespeople. Each young volunteer will have the chance to gain Entry Level 3 City & Guilds trade skills accreditations, as well as to receive support in progressing to employment and further/higher-level training opportunities, including apprenticeships, beyond the end of their voluntary experience.

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