A £48,600 fund for community projects in Cheylesmore, a suburb of Coventry, has been allocated to groups and initiatives after residents came up with ideas about worthwhile projects for the area – and had the final say on the projects they wanted to see funded.
Now a number of local groups are set to benefit from the funding, which comes from S106 money, allocated to the community following the development of the new Asda supermarket in Cheylesmore.
Residents and groups in Cheylesmore were invited to bid for up to £5,000 for a project they thought would benefit their local community – and all projects had to take place within half a mile of the new Asda. Residents took responsibility for sharing information about the initiative and the bidding process locally and produced their own posters, leaflets and held drop-in sessions for people who wanted to bid for funding. The final list of projects was then voted on at a special event at Cheylesmore Community Centre, with 16 projects being awarded funding.
Projects include IT equipment and training sessions for elderly residents, installing mirrors in the main hall of Cheylesmore community centre to help dance, gymnastics and karate classes, buying sewing machines, setting up a community café and even providing bird boxes and rafts for nesting and roosting sites on Quinton Pool.
“Many of the projects that residents wanted to see funded will help bring the community even closer together in the future and will benefit everyone in Cheylesmore.”
- For more information contact Susan Ritchie at Mutual Gain