As an independent charity, we depend on funding to keep our doors open year in, year out. Here is a list of some successful funding bids we have secured. Bids take a long time to put together and maintain, it's a never-ending process of applying and monitoring, but without this vital work, we would not be here. We want to thank all our funders, particularly the ones below for their continued support, and the trust they put in Park Farm Community Centre to deliver projects for our community.
In July 2021, ASDA Foundation awarded us this funding to offer two afternoon tea events for our older adults as a welcome back from the coronavirus pandemic restrictions and lockdowns. The first of these events was held on Thursday 5 th August at our Summer Fun afternoon event and was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved. Here’s to the next one!
In July 2021, The Skelton Charity again generously awarded us capital funds to support our community projects. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the centre formed several new partnerships and launched activities to help improve the health and wellbeing of local people. We needed extra support to purchase furniture so that we could welcome more groups and users back.
We received a generation donation from Amazon in December 2020 in response to our emergency COVID relief efforts and the loss of income we had suffered over the lockdown that year. These funds will be spent on improving our meeting rooms on the first floor, purchasing new equipment, and supporting current social groups.
This amazing grant received from Children in Need was given in response to COVID-19 and chiefly supports project work with children and young people who have been impacted by the pandemic. It funds a series of themed Youth Projects until March 2022 to help improve the health, wellbeing and opportunities of participants, including support in transition work to high school and facilitating two residential trips for the young people in our community.
This grant supports the salary of our Centre Support Worker post until October 2021. This role is vital in helping to run the community centre to a high standard of efficiency, day to day operations, office work, marketing and publicity, and helping to develop new and existing projects.
This local supermarket foundation and their in-store Community Champion have been consistently generous to our smaller charitable projects over the years. They have funded a number of community engagement events, tea parties for older people, provided arts and crafts for existing groups and most recently have helped sustain a popular group that happens each Wednesday: Carr Mill Connects with Art. Thank you, ASDA Foundation!
LCR Cares awarded a total of £5,000 in May 2020 during the Coronavirus epidemic. Our bid focused on providing our local communities most vulnerable people with emergency food parcels over 6-8 weeks.
With help an amazing team of volunteers and staff, we delivered a total of 359 packages, supporting a total of 115 families in an unprecedented time.
This grant will fund some online safeguarding training for members of staff and some craft packs for children and young people who are isolated at home due to Covid-19 (2020).
A project is being prepared to preserve the experiences , thoughts and feelings about life in lockdown which will be preserved in the form of a time capsule which will be buried by the children in the garden of our centre .
The Steve Morgan Foundation kindly awarded us a grant in May 2020 during the Coronavirus epidemic to help facilitate our Emergency Food Parcels project and to support us in keeping our building expenses covered whilst we were closed to the public and groups who pay to use our rooms on a weekly basis.
This funding was awarded in November 2019, and will allow us to teach attendees of our Youth Club to cook, giving them a skill for life which will help families eat more healthily, budget and get a sense of achievement that they have created meals themselves.
This funding was awarded in August 2018 and has been one of the biggest achievements so far for Park Farm ACYP. It enables us to employ a full time Centre Coordinator to expand our current work, develop new activities and extend opening hours, and cover many running costs.The funding also allows us to employ a part-time Caretaker & Maintenance Assistant who will be integral in ensuring that the building is well cared for and staffed during the evening.
This funding was awarded in April 2019 and will sustain our very popular Afterschool Club and School Holiday Breakfast & Playscheme for 48 weeks of the year for the next three years.
We recognise that there is very little for children and young people to do in the area where we are based. To further the development and education of our local children and young people by providing fun, engaging leisure time will help participants to flourish positively as individuals and members of society and that conditions of life within our community improve.
This funding was awarded in January 2018 over the span of twelve months.
The Co-op Local Community Fund helped raise much needed support for our Fit Forever Over 60s group which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of older people in our community.
The grant was used to cover the cost of venue hire which helped keep the group running and continues to!
This funding was awarded in September 2018 and used to refurbish one of our busiest multi-purpose meeting rooms within the Centre.
The project goal was to improve our facilities so they could be used by a wider variety of groups from the local community.
Works included a complete re-plastering of the walls, full redecoration, laying of a new hard-wearing floor, and installation of bespoke sound-proof kitchen shutters.
Tesco Bags of Help funding was awarded in January 2019. The grant will be used to create a new Sugarcraft and Socialise group, which will bring together local people who may be experiencing loneliness, low self-esteem and confidence who want to improve their wellbeing.
Sugar crafting was a popular choice from those we spoke to; starting in September 2019 and open to all.
This funding was awarded in November 2018 and helped us to create a new 12-week arts and crafts course: Carr Mill Connects with Art, which runs throughout the year, every Wednesday from 12pm-2pm.
The course has four themes and is aimed at adults who want to improve their creative skills and enjoy the benefits of a friendly social group
This funding was awarded in June 2019, and allowed us to buy craft materials for our popular Afterschool Club.
This funding was awarded in July 2019 and was used to continue the refurbishment of one of our busiest multi-purpose meeting rooms within the Centre.
The grant allowed us to purchase a range of new furniture and multimedia equipment so we can better facilitate meetings and events.
This funding was awarded in July 2019 and will help us to employ our Centre Support Worker for another twelve months from November 2019.
This postholder is an integral part of our staff team, covering all aspects of reception, room bookings, office assistance and helping in the planning and delivery of projects throughout the year.
This funding was awarded in November 2019, and will enable us to start a new 12-month 'cooking on a budget' project to local residents in Spring 2020.
This funding was awarded in May 2018, and allowed us to employ a part-time Centre Support Worker for 18 months.
This funding was awarded in November 2019, and will help us to start a new weekly social and luncheon group for older people in the local area for the next twelve months.