Between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2015:

Some projects we chose to support through our community fund with a share of the annual £100,000 budget were:

  • Purchasing three scooters for Shopmobility and funding the cost of running them for a year
  • Purchasing new equipment and toys for Bucks Play Association that aid learning and help to bring communities together
  • Funding a Motor Project course at Skidz in Wycombe for young people with learning difficulties aged 16 and over
  • Recruiting and training 16 volunteers to become community mediators with Mediation Buckinghamshire to allow them to respond more quickly to mediation requests
  • Running a 12 week Business Start up course for local residents
  • Funding The Lady Ryder Memorial Garden to fit out their educational centre
  • Supporting a group at Saunderton Lodge called Families of Children United Support (FOCUS) to finance a staff member and provide playroom sessions for children from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Starting a Chef’s Club to teach people new cooking skills and how to cook on a budget
  • Supported the Wrights Meadow Community Centre to open as a facility available for people to meet and hold social events

Roughly 3,000 people across the district have benefited from the projects or facilities that we supported from the Community Fund last year

Wycombe Shopmobility and their clients were extremely grateful for the funding as it has enabled them to replace three of their scooters that were uneconomical to repair. As a result isolated and older people with mobility problems have been able to get into town

16 students have gained ABC certificates – entry level 3 from attending the Skidz Motor project. Many of these young people have since gained a place in further education. The young people were given the skills and confidence to build a brighter future

We will be:
  • Encouraging applications for our new award. This year we expanded the garden competition into a new Neighbourhood Award, which not only rewards those who have outstanding gardens but also those who have been good neighbours and done something great for their community and deserve recognition as a volunteer
  • Creating more opportunities to get staff out and about in the community to support local projects
  • Recruiting more Red Kite volunteers and raising our profile in the community by attending local community events

Our tenants make the decisions about what we spend our neighbourhood and environmental improvement budget on, so that the money is spent in the right places and really does improve the quality of life for local people

By working with other local organisations through supporting projects with our community fund, we develop partnerships which will bring real improvements for local communities

Our annual garden competition rewards tenants who put the extra effort in to make their gardens look good for the benefit of their communities

Jenny Ryan

“I have been volunteering with Red Kite in many ways, but one of the most enjoyable has been by judging the ‘Junior’ section of our gardening competition, as part of the annual Red Kite ‘Neighbourhood awards’. I enjoy volunteering because it gives me the chance to go out into the community and meet new people and gives me a real sense of achievement. By volunteering, I’ve had the chance to visit many of our beautiful gardens and see firsthand the great things that local communities can accomplish.”

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