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Stratford-on-Avon District Council
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Community Grants & Funding

Stratford-on-Avon District Council do not currently run a Grants and Funding service.

Joint Healthy South Warwickshire – Funding Award 2016

Public Health Warwickshire has coordinated a joint funding opportunity aimed at community and voluntary sector organisations in South Warwickshire.

The funding addresses unhealthy lifestyle behaviours; increasing healthy eating and physical activity; utilisation of outdoor space for exercise/health; unplanned hospital admissions and supporting people to stay happy, healthy and well in their homes; social Isolation; and self-reported mental wellbeing.

Public Health Warwickshire, South Warwickshire CCG, Warwick and Stratford District Councils contributed to the funding which has been awarded to the following projects in Stratford district.

Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs (WAYC) – Stratford Sharp Minds

A project for young people 14-21 with mild-to-moderate mental health problems, Stratford Sharp Minds aims to reduce social isolation and improve emotional health. Support will be provided to raise confidence and social interaction so that the young people are able to re-engage with school, access alternative support such as counselling, pursue a new hobby, and develop social contacts beyond the group. Parents of the children involved will be encouraged to set up their own peer support group to share their experiences and knowledge with each other, and give them some respite from the worry of caring for a young person with a mental health problem.

Valley House – Unwind

Unwind will be delivered using partner (Orbit) networks and social media to target isolated and vulnerable young people who are experiencing poor mental health, encouraging either self-referrals or referrals via partner organisations. Unwind sessions which will run once per fortnight in Lighthorne Heath and will comprise of a 2 hour group activity followed by refreshments with an opportunity to attend 1 to 1 support sessions with Valley House staff to address specific issues in greater depth and confidentially.

Friends of Shipston Primary – Step It Up!

Step it Up will involve the purchase of wristband pedometers for all children, teachers and teaching assistants at Shipston Primary. Participants will be split into teams and set a steps distance challenge; the winning team will win a prize to access the climbing wall at Stratford Leisure Centre. Parents as well as pupils to increase their steps will be encouraged to attend additional events such as a River Stour Ramble.

A healthy cooking sessions will be run as an after school club, allowing pupils to cook and bring home a meal they have made. Recipes will be taken from the NHS/Change for Life website which provides nutritional analysis and portion advice.

Shipston Primary School will run a Step It Up badge challenge for pupils based on a 15 question health quiz and offer sugar swaps at breakfast club.

Shakespeare Hospice - Life after Treatment Cancer Survivorship Group

Shakespeare Hospice will set up a pilot cancer survival group to provide coping strategies for adjusting to life after treatment with the opportunity to share experiences and discuss concerns with people in a similar situation. Two hour sessions will be facilitated by Hospice staff including Day Hospice nurses and an occupational therapist. Each session will cover different topics such as body image and relationships, nutrition, relaxation and stress management techniques, and planning new aspirations. Healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists and dieticians will be invited to talk to the group about their area of expertise and how they can support cancer survivors in their journey. Each group member will receive materials and a workbook covering the sessions, this will be a tool members can take home and use as daily reference for how to manage their new life – these materials will also strengthen their involvement with the group and the topics.

Joint Warwick and Stratford Districts

Heart of England Mencap – Feeling Healthy

The ‘Feeling Healthy' project will support adults with a learning disability in Warwick and Stratford districts. This will raise awareness amongst both carers and customers about the importance of the people supported in having a healthy mind, a healthy body, and a good diet to remain healthy. The projects overall aim is to reduce weight, and increase health and well- being amongst the customers, and to keep them active and well in general. The project will involve a combination of diet advice, dance and active movement, mindfulness, sports, outdoor use, all steered by a group of Health Champions, made up from customers, to ensure it is meeting the needs of the service users.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust – Nuts about Nature

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust will set up a local nature club in two local special schools; Welcombe Hills in Stratford and the Ridgeway School in Warwick. The project will set up a regular group, supported by school staff and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to run bi-weekly during term time. The groups will focus on outdoor play; increasing children's levels of physical activity, imagination, leadership and problem solving, whilst also improving levels of mental wellbeing through targeted outdoor play in local green spaces.

For further information on any of these projects please contact carol.roberts@stratford-dc.gov.uk 01789 260112.

Stratford District Digital Inclusion Grant

Voluntary and community organisations across Stratford-on-Avon District were invited to apply for Stratford District: Digital inclusion grants, providing up to £4,000 to help communities get online.

Information on the successful applicants can be on the Digital Inclusion Grant page

Warwickshire County Council's Councillor Fund

Applications for this fund are currently invited with a closing date, extended to 5pm on Friday 21st October 2016. A hard copy of completed and signed applications should be returned to Stratford-on-Avon Area Office, Warwickshire County Council c/o Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon CV37 6HX.

WCC's Councillor Fund is to help communities address issues of local concern to them. It is primarily aimed at community and voluntary organisations and provides grants of £5,000 per Councillor (ideally up to 4 projects per Councillor in order to keep administration costs to a minimum, but there is flexibility in this if there is a significant demand for more projects to be funded) for small-scale projects that meet community needs within the District of Stratford-on-Avon. Bids should normally be supported by the county councillor for the electoral division in which the project is based.

Town & Parish Councils are also eligible to apply to the Fund for a community project, but this will be at the discretion of the councillor and will vary according to the preference of your County Councillor.

Further information on WCC funding opportunities in Warwickshire is available at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/grants.

Stratford Town Trust

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Stratford Town Trust logo

Stratford Town Trust supports local groups and charitable causes which benefit people in the town of Stratford. There are three grants rounds per year, but applications can be sent in at any time. Grants are restricted to local projects.

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VASA logo

For more information call 01789 207111 or visit the Stratford Town Trust website

Need help to find funding?

You can conduct your own online funding search at Warwickshire County Council's grants website.

If you don't know where to start looking for funding for your project or need some help and guidance contact Voluntary Action Stratford on Avon District on 01789 298115 or email info@vasa.org.uk