We are delighted to be able to announce that Southmead has been selected as one of Fourteen communities across the UK and Northern Ireland to receive funding to improve access to sports, arts and volunteering as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.
Southmead will receive £200,000 over the next 3 years. Southmead was selected on the basis that it demonstrated strong evidence of community representation and enthusiasm for the ethos and spirit of Fourteen.
What is the Fourteen Programme?
Fourteen is a £3.5m national programme funded by Spirit of 2012, a charity set up by the Big Lottery Fund to connect events to communities across the country; tackling disadvantage by supporting opportunities in sport, physical activity, culture and the arts, volunteering and social action.
What is the money for?
Fourteen is aimed at empowering people to get out in their local area, to be involved and to feel better. The money can be spent creating opportunities in sport, arts, youth development and volunteering and for increasing inclusion, particularly for people with disabilities. Activities must be aimed at supporting local people in developing their potential and feeling able to actively contribute to their community.
What happens next?
Quartet Community Foundation (www.quartetcf.org.uk) will be overseeing the Southmead Fourteen. programme. Quartet has helped Southmead to set up a local reference group. The local reference group will use the results of the Southmead Survey, which created the Southmead Community Plan, to help identify resident’s priorities for the Fourteen. programme funding. Spending has now begun.
How can I get involved?
To find out more and how you can apply for funds for your local group, please contact Helen Bone on 07855 344558 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.