The Lions Den! - A chance for local community groups to win a small community grant
We held our first Lions Den event (Community Grant event) on the 23rd May 2017. Eighteen local community groups came safely through the first stage and were invited to attend and enter the 'Lions Den'.
Our aim was to reach out to small local Reading community groups and small local Reading charities and award grants for local Reading community projects. We distributed £6,000 in total to distribute in small grants.
A big thank you to all those that took part. We hope the Lions weren't too scary! A big thank you to the Rivers Ibis Sports Club for providing the venue.
All the successful applicants have now been notified by email and the grants distributed.
We have asked each successful group to provide us with ongoing feedback on their individual project and look forward to hearing how they are getting on as the projects get underway.
The following gives some idea of how the grants are to be used:
for toiletries and replacement underclothes for a homeless drop in centre
towards an eight week life skills course run by a debt counselling group
for an allotment gardening project for a small support group run by and for autistic adults
to assist with the cost of a awareness conference for a local support group for women who have suffered FMG
- to improve walkways at a wildlife pond used by a self funded charity that provides catering and horticultural training for people with disabilities
towards coaching sessions for women attending a local charity that is helping women on low income get back into work
for a local charity that provides chiropody services to disabled people
to enable a local support group provide a wellbeing workshop for people suffering with Fibromyalgia
to enable local children living in poverty and with special needs to attend at animal petting farm
towards the printing costs of a new mindful colouring book project for a local charity supporting young people's mental health
for plants and equipment for a new sensory garden for a Reading based charity supporting clients with mental health difficulties
for a local charity that uses therapeutic gardening to improve the wellbeing of people living with disability
a number of new toy trains and equipment for a specialist interest group for children and young people with autism.
to enable a local self funded mental health support group to set up a second meeting group reaching out to more people suffering from mental health issues
to purchase new kitchen appliances to enable a local group of Christian volunteers to provide free hot meals to the homeless.
A very big thank you to everyone that took part.