Here's how the Donation Fund has helped some Community Directplus account holders with their projects.
20 Stories High
Award-winning theatre company, 20 Stories High, believes that everyone has a story to tell and their own way of telling it. By nurturing young people and showcasing their talent, its productions not only thrill audiences, but are also helping to change lives. The donation was used to fund three dictaphones, 12 MP3 players and the work of an experienced Technical Manager in order to help develop and stage a new production.
Newcastle Cycling Campaign
Founded in October 2010, the Newcastle Cycling Campaign is one of several successful community-led initiatives in the North East. Its aim is to help create a cycle-friendly city, with a flourishing cycling culture so that everyone can ride safely. The donation was used to support quarterly members’ meetings, cover communication expenses related to lobbying activities and to fund members’ activities. Some of the money was also used to buy an environmentally friendly printer to help save time and money.
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Wiltshire Wood Recycling
This non-profit organisation collects and recycles timber that would otherwise end up dumped or in landfill. Every piece is cleaned and made re-useable again. The donation has paid for new tools, boots, hard hats and high-viz jackets for the workers.
Animals in Need
The Fir Tree Animal Sanctuary in Merseyside cares for all animals from dogs and cats through to wildlife like hedgehogs and toads. They provide food, veterinary help and microchip the animals before they are re-homed. The donation has enabled the organisation to expand their facilities.
Crossroads aims to improve the lives of people who care for sick or disabled family members by giving them a break from their caring responsibilities. The donation helped to fund a school holiday programme for children with physical disabilities or learning difficulties.
St Mark’s Community Project
This group aims to help those most at risk of social isolation such as the disabled, the elderly and parents with young children. The donation paid for costs for Extended Exercise classes which are specifically designed for the elderly to help them maintain a degree of mobility and flexibility.
Pro-Contact supports separated families in the Greater Manchester area offering treatment and services to help children and parents maintain good relationships even after the most traumatic family breakdowns. The donation helped to pay for a training DVD featuring children and young people who have experienced parental separation.
This organisation aims to address the lack of cultural and creative opportunities in Ilkeston. It works with professional artists and targets disadvantaged groups including young homeless people, disabled adults, and families in deprived communities. The donation was used to buy a lap top and printer.