481 West Bromwich Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC)
The 481 Squadron based in West Bromwich is one of 900 squadrons within the RAF Air Cadets. The organisation is part of the Royal Air Force and they develop skills of young people between the ages of 12 and 20 years old. The organisation supports young people in Sandwell promoting interest in aviation, training and developing leadership qualities.
The funding is to purchase one off capital items to enable the young people to complete the expedition section of the award. This will enable the purchase of essential equipment of tents, sleeping bags, cookers, compasses etc to complete the award.
The group were awarded £2,441.70
The Skills Work and Enterprise Development Agency (SWEDA) are based in West Bromwich and were established in 1989. SWEDA are a non-profit making organisation that support the local community in West Bromwich to help people to develop new skills.
Town Grants funding has been awarded to purchase additional IT equipment to enable them to expand the existing project to enable staff to engage and support more people with gaining and developing on-line skills to improve their employment prospects.
The group were awarded £1,886.84
The VISAMO Pensioners Club based in West Bromwich has been awarded Town Grants funding to purchase different types of board games for older people to use.
The project will enable existing and new members to engage in various types of social activities. This project will lead to older people increasing their confidence, health and wellbeing and will encourage positive activities to be provided at a community venue in their local community.
The group were awarded £499.46
Ryders Green Methodist Day Centre
The Ryders Green Methodist Day Centre supports older disabled people and those suffering from dementia to continue to live in their own homes.
Ryders Green Methodist Day Centre has received Town Grants funding to run a number of physical activities sessions to support older disabled people over the next 12 months.
The main outcomes expected from this project are these sessions will reduce social isolation and loneliness for local elderly people attending the sessions and will aim to improve physical fitness and mental wellbeing.
The group were awarded £2,941.53
Yemeni Community Centre
The Yemeni Community Association support residents in Sandwell with a range of services that benefit local people of all ages.
Yemeni Community Association has received funding to support the delivery of a youth project that will run from the Yemeni Community Centre in West Bromwich.
The funding will help to develop girl’s activities that will run alongside boy’s activities to enable them to participate in learning and social activities that area out of school that will tackle a number of taboo cultural subjects. The young girls do not participate in similar activities and this project will enable the organisation to target a group that are not engaged currently.
The group were awarded £2,995.93
Elim Pentecostal Church (West Bromwich Community Church)
The Elim Pentecostal Church is an established organisation based at West Bromwich Community Church, Victoria Street, in West Bromwich. The organisation is a registered charity and provides a food bank in West Bromwich.
The Town grant funding is for equipment that will enable the group to deliver free healthy cooking sessions to support the work of the foodbank.
The purchase of large fridge/freezer and utensils will enable the kitchen to have the right storage of food and equipment to train local people in food preparation and how to cook healthy nutritious food. The kitchen will also be used to help support local people who do not have access to kitchen facilities.
The group was awarded £1,080.78.
The Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation
The Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation (SACMHF) is an established organisation based at the Kuumba Centre in Boulton Road, West Bromwich.
The aim of the project that will be based at the Boulton Road office in West Bromwich will be to purchase six laptops that clients will be able to use with support from Kuumba staff and volunteers. The clients attending the Kuumba Centre will use the laptops as part of their wellness and recovery programme.
It is planned that the laptops will be used by the clients individually and collaboratively in groups to access information on local job opportunities, health, well-being and welfare and benefits advice and support. There are also planned activities that the clients will work with staff and volunteers on (these include accessing fund raising options for Community fund raising projects).
The group was awarded £3,302.76.
Christian Youth and Community Service - Bridging the GAP
The project application approved for the GAP Christian Family Centre helped to fund a community play day event held on 7 August 2019.
The community play day event was promoted to children and families in the Tantany Estate area and aimed to encourage children, families and community organisations to join together.
The event was held at Hargate Primary School playing fields and was aimed at sharing best practice and raising the profile of local organisations in the community.
Town Grants funding contributed towards costs for the event including face painting, St John’s Ambulance, shop purchased food, refreshments and go-karting.
A children’s entertainment company managed the main arena events and co-ordinated the effective running of the play day event.
The group was awarded £1,916.25.
The Friends of the Oak House Museum
The project application received from The Friends of Oak House Museum is from an established organisation in West Bromwich and requests funding for the one-off purchase of various tools required to assist the group to continue to improve and develop the community gardens at the Oak House Museum.
The project aims to develop community involvement and inclusion, to support individuals in improving their gardening skills and meeting new people by attending the weekly gardening sessions. The purchase of new tools will enable gardening works to be completed by opening neglected walkways and clearing rose beds adjacent to seating areas.
The project aims to support volunteers and reduce social isolation and will assist in developing friendships which many people have never had before.
The group was awarded £1,580.
Royal Navy Association Club
The application is for 27 people to go on a weekend excursion to Portsmouth between Friday 9 August and Monday 12 August 2019.
This project enables members to visit Naval Museums and the local area and meet people with similar interests. The group supports veterans by organising day visits and activities to support social inclusion as many members are vulnerable and may normally be isolated in their homes.
This short break will enable older people to socialise and go on a planned outing. Many of the group members are new to the association as a nearby association has recently closed. New members will benefit from attending this short break for the first time.
The group was awarded £725.
The Friends of Dartmouth Park Community Fete
May 2019 - August 2019
Town Grants funding was approved to Friends of Dartmouth Park for a spring community event for families on 18 May 2019 and a summer fete with music and children’s entertainment held on 17 August 2019 at Dartmouth Park.
Local bands such as Persuaders and Black Rabbit will be in attendance giving local people the opportunity to enjoy local bands live in Dartmouth Park.
The events are also supported by The Blue-Ribbon Mission (Scout group) along with other local organisations to provide further entertainment and encourage children to sign up to local youth groups (including Beavers, Cubs and Scouts).
The event will enable the Friends of Dartmouth Park and a number of organisations supporting the events to recruit new children to the Beavers/Cubs/Scouts and encourage new and existing volunteers to support these events. The events will be held in Dartmouth Park and is open to everyone in the community and is free of charge.
The group were awarded £1,275 in total.
Royal Navy Association Club
The group currently has 34 people who went on a day excursion to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas on 13 July 2019. This project enabled members to see various memorials and meet people with similar interests. The group supports veterans by organising day visits and activities to support social inclusion as many members are vulnerable and may normally be isolated in their homes.
The excursion enabled older people to socialise and go on a planned outing. Many of the group members are new to the association as a nearby association has recently closed. The new members benefited from attending Alrewas for the first time.
The group was awarded £570.60.
Stone Cross St George organise parade and fete
Town Grants funding was approved to the Stone Cross St George group to fund St John Ambulance attendance and portable WC hire at the St George's Day parade and fete that was held on Sunday 28 April 2019.
The local community was invited to take part in the street parade which started in Westminster Road Stone Cross and ended in Dartmouth Park. A service was then held at the war memorial followed by entertainment in the park.
The group was awarded £1,126.56.
West Bromwich is also benefiting from a number of borough-wide projects funded by town grants.