Harton Westoe Miners Club

8 April 2024

The project:

Harton & Westoe Miners Welfare support the wellbeing of all people in their local community and help make life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. Their sports and recreational facilities host many different sports including football, gymnastics, bowls and cricket, as well as a function room. However there was little storage for all of the different sports to safely store the equipment at the venue. We created a stud wall across the full length of the function room, split into four lockable storage cupboards.

The young people: 18 young people from South Tyneside College, mostly young people for whom English is a second language

The impact:

  • 12 Entry Level 3 City & Guilds accreditations earned in Carpentry and Painting & Decorating
  • New lockable storage cupboards for different sports clubs to use to secure their equipment safely and efficiently
  • A larger, decluttered function room, freed up from storage to hire out for external events, to secure financial sustainability for the club

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Stratford Boxing Club

29 January 2024

When we first spoke to Stratford Sports Club, the town had just faced their worst floods in a decade. Our call couldn’t have come at a better time, as we stepped in with our second project with Stratford-on-Avon District Council to help kick the boxing club back into action.

The project:

The boxing club was badly damaged in the basement of the building, with water rising up to the punchbags – pictured here on the right.

We helped the club dry out the space, before recladding, repairing and redecorating the walls throughput the space damaged by the flood, and popping some equipment back into the club.

The young people: 19 local young people from partners including Welcombe Hills School (all with special educational needs), Warwickshire Youth Justice Service and Warwickshire College Group, as well four local volunteers with refugee or asylum seeker status, who joined the project to build their skills and to be part of the local community.

The impact:

  • A club ready to fit new flooring to get their doors back open in April and young people training in the club
  • Hear from Lorenzo below, to see the impact on his life – who has now gone on to volunteer on another VIY project on our programme in Bromsgrove
  • A brilliant collaborative effort, working alongside local partners including welcomed us to the town, including Stratford Police, Stratford JobCentre, Warwickshire County Council, CAVA in Stratford, building on the success of our project in 2023 at Temple Grafton Village Hall

📸 Action shots here by Alexia Doughty Photography and friend of the club.

Project part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, match-funded by Sport England. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus

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