What a phenomenal response to our £25,000 Community Giveaway, sponsored by Swallowdale Children’s Trust!
We asked Gazette readers to let us know of deserving groups and individuals, under 25 years of age, across the Fylde coast who were in need of a helping hand.
Today we are featuring all the group nominations, each hoping to be awarded a grant of up to £5,000. Only a brief synopsis of the nominations are printed due to space restrictions, but our judging panel of Swallowdale trustees plus representatives from The Gazette, will study the full applications when deciding how the prize fund will be allocated.
But we want to hear what you think! Let us know which group you consider merits a grant from Swallowdale and help the judges reach their decisions.
You can support your preferred group by either filling in the coupon (printed in The Gazette on Tuesday) and posting to Swallowdale Community Giveaway, The Gazette, c/o LEP, Olivers Place, Fulwood, Preston PR2 9ZA to arrive no later than first post next Monday, May 20th.
Or you can let us know by text - text BEG (space) COMMUNITY (space) followed by the unique number of your preferred group, followed by your name and email address, then send to 61500 to arrive by 8am Monday May 20.*
01. The Boathouse Youth is a charity based on Lytham Road in South Shore. Our main aim as a charity is to help every child and young person reach their individual potentials by removing barriers and restrictions to new challenges and experiences. Receiving this funding would enable us to organise more exciting opportunities and services for the young people of south shore to attend. Funding would be used to organise day trips and activities and also towards new equipment.
02. Fleetwood Royalettes troupe does dancing displays for many charities and also compete in dance competitions. Any money award no matter how big or small would make an enormous difference to the girls and volunteers in this troupe. The girls come from all kinds of backgrounds, from stable families to one parent families.. We struggle all the time to keep going and rely on the support of the community.
03. Mornington Meadow Community Group have all worked hard for years on the redevelopment of the park on the street and have seen it transform brilliantly. However, the football pitch ruined and is in need of redevelopment. This money could get more teenagers to come and enjoy sport and keeping active and having a good time together. This money would help us relay the football pitch and purchase a line painting machine and new football goals. It would alsohelp us purchase grounds equipment for the upkeep of the football pitch.
04. Blackpool Scorpions is a local rugby league club serving the community and helping to transform the lives of young people. We believe passionately in the power of sport to help young people grow in confidence and fulfil their ambitions. We would pay for ten of our current under 16s squad to undertake a rugby league coaching qualification and help create a sustainable legacy that will benefit young people for years to come.
05. Fun Pod Foxes is run by a committee of six volunteers and provides sports for disabled children and disabled young adults from ages eight to twenty five. This project at the moment has around fifteen disabled children and disabled young adults and is looking to expand and acquire new equipment for the group. A grant of five thousand pounds would secure the future of this valuable organisation to the disabled community.
06. Bugs 2 Butterflies is run by volunteers 3 nights per week with 80-100 kids per week through the door. We keep going by the subs and holding different fund raising events. We want to expand and keep getting the kids off the streets working closely with the police. We would love to be able to get a mini bus as to take these kids out to the park, the beach, instead of being stuck in the basement of the school.
07. 1st Thornton Cleveleys Scouts would use the grant to undertake essential maintenance to the Scout Headquarters, specifically contributing to the replacement of the heating system within our headquarters. The current heating system is faulty and uses higher amounts of gas than should be required resulting in high bills. This would help us provide youngsters with the unique experiences Scouting can offer.
08 Blackpool Music School (charity) deals with those who are socially deprived in the community, broken homes, those who have learning difficulties, Teaching them music is a learning and calming factor, helping them to develop further We try to encourage the community of the young to work together as a group. We would use a grant to help participants will learn how to play a musical instrument and how to read music.
09. Mereside Primary School, I am eager to do some work on the school grounds to create some allotment space, and wildlife areas. We have the space on the property to create both of these things, and my aim is to create places which the children will be able to use to enhance their learning, and to learn valuable skills for their future. There is a real passion for making Mereside Primary a school which the community can be involved with.
10. Flakefleet Primary School would benefit from a windfall from Swallowdale to allow all children to take part in the annual adventure holiday. Over the past few years we have seen the prices of coach travel between venues dramatically increase and this pushes our prices beyond some families . A grant would hopefully give access to all of our wonderful, exuberant and deserving children who already do a great deal for our local community.
11. Aspired Futures is a local children’s charity. We are based at the Kensington Lodge on Whitegate Drive. We offer long term therapeutic care to up to fifty local children from very challenging backgrounds. A grant would be greatly received and put to great use by a team of very dedicated and hard working people involved in our charity.
12. Blackpool Boys & Girls Club runs a successful and popular Junior Youth Club. Funds are desperately needed to continue providing experienced youth workers to lead the programme of activities and to cover project overheads. Currently the Junior Club faces a very uncertain future unless funding can be found .The costs to run our building has escalated and our funding sources are drying up.
13. Cheetahs is a Wheelchair Sports Club bringing together disabled and able bodied children to play a variety of wheelchair sports on a level playing field. We need to be able to transport more wheelchairs. Therefore, we are looking to purchase a vehicle to run the courses. In addition we would like to purchase a mobile hoist to ensure that we can help less able bodied children in and out of the chairs.
14. Aiming Higher for the Disabled Community We offer, youth clubs, bowling, dance activity, sensory sessions, fitness/ exercise and healthy eating, individual support to access mainstream groups. We provide Employment, volunteering and training opportunities. Our work seeks to promote young people’s personal and social development and enable them to have a voice, influence and place in their communities.
15. Chernobyl Children’s Life Line charity has brought nearly 50,000 children to the UK since 1992 for a four-week recuperative break. From this year onwards it will cost approximately £5000 for the 10 children and the leader to travel to Blackpool. We also have to raise money to entertain the children whilst they are in Blackpool. If selected, we will put the grant towards paying for the Belarusian children who will be coming to Blackpool in July 2013.
16. St Annes Old Links Golf Club is trying to rebuild our Junior Section, to attract youngsters away from their Games Consoles into fresh air to get some exercise, make new friends, find a brilliant new sport to play and all that it brings. We would use the Grant for advertising to attract new juniors into the sport, for coaching them, purchase of equipment, help with the cost of junior social events and for cost of transport to take them to other golf events.
17. FC Rangers Under 8s football club offers football to the kids of Grange Park and Layton. We would use the grant to buy a much needed kit, some new goals as the ones we use at the moment are all taped up and damaged, and new balls, training equipment and spare shin pads/boots which some of our kids can’t afford, we also need to raise league entry fees for next season.
18. Blackpool Junior and Senior Attendance Centres provides comprehensive programmes for young people who are either offenders or are showing signs that their behaviour may lead to future offending. We are constantly on the look out for opportunities to extend my programme to reach out to other agencies. In these times of severe austerity we are being restricted in our ability to fund projects and any additional support would be truly welcome.
19. Diabetes UK is a self-funding children’s support group providing support through education and fun for children and families living with diabetes. A grant would provide assistance for families to attend Diabetes UK Big Event in London in September and support travel and accommodation costs.
20. Blackpool Youth Action Team for Fylde Coast Be Involved is a programme set for young people aged 14-25 who are interested in volunteering. We would like the community grant to help us establish our group with promotional resources, so we can go out and educate other young people about volunteering and the benefits. In addition the money would be used to help the group with volunteer expenses, refreshments and so we can buy adequate equipment and up to date technology.
21. Hawes Side Academy is a primary school in South Blackpool in a deprived area with over 600 pupils. If my school were to win a grant then I would like to spend this on books for the children to read. I am looking at engaging them in reading more often for enjoyment and because they want to, rather than being made to read boring books. Although our school has a budget for books it is extremely limited due to Government cuts.
22. The Westview Community Association would like to apply for a grant from to enable us to provide children in Fleetwood with access to the Lancashire Boys and Girls Club Bus. This is a mobile activity centre staffed by youth workers catering to primary and secondary age children and young people. The activities, including sports, music, arts and crafts, reduce anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.
23. Hornby Road is a home in the community that provides overnight short break stays to children and young people with a range of learning and physical disabilities. A grant would support our efforts to meet all the varying developmental needs of the young people. We also support children that don’t have a physical disability and a grant would allow us to purchase an in-ground trampoline for secure and safe for the user.
24. Holy Family Holiday Group, a holiday playscheme for children aged two to 12, would use a grant to provide subsidised places for up to 40 children during the summer holidays. The children could enjoy an active holiday in a safe environment and give parents a break, and allow them to form peergroup relationships and improve community relations.
25. Cats With Red Shoes is an academy based in Highfield Road, Blackpool. We have 200 students aged 3 to 18 taking classes ranging from ballet and tap to gymnastics and cheerleading. A grant would enable us to purchase new uniforms for demonstrations and competitions.This would help make our squads look smarter and help to foster the feeling of pride which we encourage in all our students.
26. Baines School ‘s project is to turn a derelict piece of land that is full of overgrown bushes, trees and debris into a useable learning and interaction zone. If successful with our application the funds will go towards the purchasing of wood that will be used to construct a large seating area, and an outdoor classroom. We also would benefit from outdoor hardwearing adapted table tennis tables.
27. Thornton Sport Gymnastics is a voluntary run club training at the YMCA in Thornton. We have been offering training to a large number of children for over 25 years. We are always fundraising to update our apparatus so that the children benefit from an active, safe and fun environment. The Beam costs £1200, and the necessary safety matting £1400. It would be a huge help if half the total cost could be achieved.
28. GLR Productions is a Community Interest Company to be based in Fleetwood, as part of our scheduled activities programme we will be running a Script to Film Festival targeting local schools and colleges. In order to produce these films we need to hire a Production Crew including a Director, 2 x Cameraman, Lighting & Sound Engineers, Script and Video Editors and are looking for funding towards the £9000 costs.
29. 4th Lytham St Annes Scout Group have had their own hut since 1962. It is now in desperate need of refurbishment to bring it back to the asset it once was. We are assessing the schedule of works and the funds needed for the refurbishment, whilst addressing the worst areas in priority order. We need £5,000 to replace the doors and windows.
30. Friends of Highfield Road Park are looking to secure funds to replace the swings, frame and safety for the children who play on the park. Without them there is very little for the juniors to play on at present, apart from the main climbing frame as the other equipment is mainly used by tiny tots. The cost to replace the junior swings, frame and safety surface would cost £3,936.
31. Broadway Stars Morris dancers are a local dance group with dancers from Blackpool, Thornton and Fleetwood. A grant from Swallowdale will help significantly towards kit costs so all dancers look the same when attending functions and competitions and not be singled out due to backgrounds or from poorer families that can not afford the kit.
32. A.I.R. is a social opportunities group for young people with a disability. We think we are a great group to support and a grant will enable us to do even more fun things with our friends. We organise events and clubs based on the school premises also we organise events and opportunities around the community e.g cinema visits, meals out.
33. Thames Primary Academy is a large school situated in the heart of South Blackpool. We are planning to develop an outdoor learning environment for our younger children, specifically Year 1 classes. We would like to ask for £5000 to contribute to the cost of equipment to create the outdoor learning area. The money would enable us to create a stimulating and beautiful learning space to inspire and engage the children in experiences that they wouldn’t normally have.
34. Children’s IDVA service makes a massive difference to the quality of life of local children affected by Domestic Abuse. We want £4,000 to offer a six week programme of positive activities for 80 children and young people giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and enjoy experiences that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to and meet with other children in the same situation so they realise that they are not alone.
35. Great Arley Special School PTFA aims are to raise money to assist in the provision of equipment, resources and improved premises for the benefit of our pupils with a range of special educational needs. The grant would be used to create access to an outdoor learning area providing activities where our children can learn through play and exploration. We would like to provide continuous provision with access to a playground area with a safe surface and a canopy for outdoor teaching and learning.
36. Stanley Primary School want to develop their playground area to incorporate an activity trail. A grant would be used to purchase recycled material, such as vulcanised rubber slabs and make some steps to go up our hill (referred to as the mound). We would build some balance beams at various heights and include some stepping stones to join our trail together. A lot of the money would be spent on labour costs.
37. Preesall Fleetwood’s Charity CE Primary School is on the top of Preesall Hill and it gets battered by the winds and weather. We want to build a shelter around the back door to the Reception & Key Stage 1 classes so that children can play and learn outside even in bad weather. Because of our situation, it needs to be substantial in construction and that makes it expensive. Security is also an issue so we want a shelter with lockable roller blinds.
38. Palatine College work with students who would become possible NEET, Not In education, Employment or Training when they leave school. Funding would enable these young people who lack confidence, self-esteem and inspiration, an opportunity to take part in half day workshops, to learn team building and vital skills needed for life and employability skills. It would be used to work alongside a local company “Corporate Boot Camp” who would be working with our young people at their base.
39. Busy Bees are a small registered charity run by a parents committee who do a wonderful voluntary job keeping the group afloat. It would be wonderful to get a grant of £4465.00 to pay for a one to one support worker for a year to work with the children who need extra personal, social and emotional support so we can continue to meet our high standards for all the children in our care.
40. Blackpool Scorpions, a cheerleading group who train children of all ages in the complex art of cheerleading which contrary to popular belief is not about waving pom poms around. It is a very vigorous, disciplined sport. We feel that with financial assistance we can bring further recognition of this great sport to the attention of other young children in the area and encourage them to join us.
41. The FIG Tree Unique Interactive Chocolate Making Events support a fairer future for farmers and their families, particularly those living in some of the world’s poorest countries. We need funding for our school workshops to acquire internet access to host our video conferences, invest in specialized chocolate making equipment and subsidize ten workshops for primary school children living in low-income areas locally and for children with special needs.
42. Blackpool Stanley Rugby League Club aims to increase the number of youngsters playing rugby league on the Fylde coast. A grant would be used to fund the cost of starting a new team including kit, insurance, training, and aid with running costs of existing teams.
43. Methodist Church Youth Club ‘The Hub’, caters for all young people, without exception, in the Fylde area. We have been unable to take members on trips due to lack of staff and very few families could afford them. I feel that many of our young people would benefit from visiting places where they could learn social skills, team building and heighten self-esteem.
44. Windmill Youth Development Group wants young people from all walks of life to achieve their full potential. A grant would enable them to offer the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme to children who otherwise would never be able to go on these expeditions.
45. Young Peoples Community Sports and Activity Club in Grange Park. Currently, children have limited access to activities out of school hours resulting in them becoming bored and living unhealthy. I would like to set up community holiday clubs building positive relationships within the community. The grant would rid any financial worry for families and promote the idea of being inclusive and equal.
46. Park School have identified a need for new playground equipment in the infant area. Unfortunately we have not received support for funding yet. A ‘trim trail’ would be utilised throughout PE, playtimes, build children’s confidence and encourage exercise in a playful environment. The variety of equipment used improves their health and fitness, including co-ordination, strength, core stability, balance, stamina and agility.
47. Girlguiding Lancashire West are holding a “Star Quest” Party at the Norbreck Castle Hotel. Brownies from Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre will be joining together to have a great day out, which we hope will give the girls memories that they will treasure for a lifetime. To make sure every Brownie is given the opportunity to attend we are seeking funding to help with the transport costs.
48. PAPYRUS is a registered charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide in the UK. A grant of £5000 from will enable us to offer hugely subsidised additional ASIST courses and four suicide awareness raising seminars, empowering local individuals to make a difference to the emotional well being and safety of young people in their own communities.
49. Breverton Group, a non profit making voluntary group from South Fylde would like to support four outstanding teenagers with their idea to provide a much needed ‘gathering place’ for profoundly disabled young people in the area. With this grant they will be able to purchase a music system on which to play their ‘cheesy pop’ and karaoke machine because they love to sing and the remaining money will provide refreshments for the foreseeable future.
50. Friends of Preesall Park is a group of people from across the community who have joined together to improve the facilities for young people in Over Wyre. Preesall and Knott End have no play provision for teenagers other than a playing field and for the last 5 years we have been working towards solving this. Work is due to start very soon but we require help to raise money for the BMX track.
51. Blackpool Rangers under 10 squad have stuck together through rough times after consecutive relegations. Each week we arrive with a positive attitude and give our best for our team. We would like to apply for a grant to cover the cost of new track suits and training equipment (approx £500). We have watched other teams turn up to play us kitted out in matching track suits and we know this would make such a difference to our confidence!
52. Carr Hill High School. The sports tour to South Africa is to take place in July 2014 and will cost approximately £1,800.00 per child. At present there are 62 children hoping to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity, fundraising is currently underway to raise funds towards this tour and if successful we would use this grant towards the total cost of this trip.
53. Blackpool Youth Cycling Association would like a helping hand to buy small bikes for children at our club based at Palatine Leisure Centre. Many of the local children can’t afford racing bikes to use on the circuit and £2000 would buy 6 good quality bikes. £200 would provide spares and maintenance. The club has a growing number of teenage young volunteers that provide valuable assistance and good role models for the younger members.
54. Home-Start Fylde offers support, friendship and practical help to parents with young children in the local community. We run a weekly stay and play group for children and their parents during term time and would like to extend this over the summer holidays. A grant would contribute towards funding our work with families both in their own homes, and the Summer Club.
55. Band Off the Wall Live is a Blackpool based music and arts formalised voluntary community group,aiming to provide a platform for Fylde based talented youngsters to showcase their work to a wider audience via our website. A grant will enable us to progress further by investing in quality video camera equipment, enhance the website and assist young people with access to services they could not afford themselves.
56. Monty Social Centre funding would go a long way towards helping us fund and improve our various clubs, holiday activities and community outreach youth groups by purchasing consoles, arts and crafts and games.
57. Christ The King Catholic Primary School. In the current economic climate many of our parents are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. Our families tell us that they do not necessarily need more money, but support with budgeting and money saving ideas. To assist our families we hope to use the funds to offer a quality, bespoke and confidential financial advisory service and drop in clinic.
58. Marton Primary School and Nursery offer a ‘Special Education Referral Facility’ (SERF) for children with physical difficulties. We have recently been developing our outdoor classroom for Reception children and now need to replace our existing sensory garden with a ‘walk-in’ design so that children who use walking frames and wheelchairs can access this area.
59. Scouting want to encourage as many Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers to attend, but some young people cannot attend because of the cost of the camp, despite the low cost. We would like help so that we can encourage a number of young people to attend the camp. We are also seeking funding to support the purchase of equipment and allow as many young people as possible to enjoy this adventure.
60. Phoenix Youth Theatre is an all-inclusive theatre group that is run totally by volunteers. We cater for children from 5-19 whatever their ability. It would be really nice if we could get a ramp to assist the children who are in wheelchairs to access the stage. It would also be great to pay for a trip to take the children to the theatre to watch a professional show as many of them have never had this opportunity.
61. Gym Mania Gymnastics The funding would enable 10 more young people from the Fylde coast area to attend the Proficiency coaching course. These young people aged 14+ all give their time to volunteer at Gym Mania , assisting to coach the sessions and make sport fun and accessible for all including those with disabilities.
62. Thames Primary Academy aim to inspire every child to enjoy physical exercise and find a sport in which they can excel. Next academic year we will have enrichment clubs and teams for football, tag rugby, netball, hockey, basketball, tennis, and badminton. We would like to apply for £1000 towards the cost of buying smart, practical and durable tracksuits, t-shirts and shorts branded with our school logo and motto.
63. Woodlands Special School have been doing lots of different events to raise money in order to get a New Sensory Pod which will not only benefit the pupils who attend the School but also the community.The Sensory Pod will enable them to access high tech specialist equipment not only for lessons but also for their own personal needs. Although the School has raised a lot of money for the Sensory Pod, your Community giveaway would help us to reach our goal sooner.
64. Addictive Media and FY West Coast will deliver dance and film workshops over a two week period in the summer to keep young people engaged throughout the holidays. Our two courses will enable individuals to come together, connect, work as a team and produce a final piece of work. We will have two teams, one will concentrate on putting together a dance routine to be used later in a music video that the other team will be working on.
65. Blackpool Fylde Children’s Pantomime is a community interest company whose aim is to enrich local young people’s lives through the opportunity to experience the world of dance, drama and music. Many of today’s children are not afforded the luxury of out of school activities and we need to fund future productions. We have also enlisted the support of parents to aid us in organising fundraising events.
66. Mosaic Community Care We would like to develop a Carers Centre, CSI:Wyre, for both adults and young people in Fleetwood, A grant would help us to develop a Young Carers & Siblings Youth Group, organising and subsidising activities such as bowling, cinema trips, theme park visits, outdoor activities etc. We also want to be able to provide a quiet environment where the children can study and have help with homework.
67. Mereside Primary School are looking at developing the key stage one playground and would love to create an inviting, colourful and engaging area for our children to learn and play in. We want to encourage the creativity in our children through dance and games. All this can be achieved through playground markings , creating the learning environment our children deserve.
68. Claremont first step centre is a community based group for girls aged 11-16, many of who have low self-esteem, mental health issues and additional needs. We need funding to pay for materials and resources, rent for the room we hire, a team building residential to Ormside Mill in the lakes to develop skills and plan 12 months activities.
69. Little Brooks Preschool is presently run by volunteers who are trying to enhance the learning experiences and help children with the transition into a school environment. With additional funding we could develop an outdoor learning environment for the children as highlighted in the Early Years Foundation Stage this would enhance the children’s learning experience helping them gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of their environment.
70. n-compass’ self-harm services, the Butterfly/Phoenix Projects, support young people (11-18) to cease/ reduce self-harming behaviour through offering anonymous/one off support, 1-1 counselling, group workshops and group peer support sessions. We require £5000 to develop/deliver 12 one off self-help group sessions for those with milder self-harming behaviours/at risk of self-harming in Fylde and Wyre.
71. Blackpool Young Adult Carer Group are a local community group that supports young adult carers aged 16 – 25. Our group offers one to one emotional support for carers, as well as peer support through the trips and activities we do. We currently have no funds for these vital trips and activities and would therefore use the money from Swallowdale in order to enable our young people to have a break.
72. Blackpool FC Community Trust’s Kickz Project is a social engagement and sporting initiative that targets young people living in disconnected areas of Blackpool. An award would go a long way in supporting our registered charity continue this fantastic work. Any monies received would be spent on staff, equipment, travel and educational workshops and courses.
73. KidZone provides a safe place every other Friday evening for primary school aged children in the community to come and just be children, when they might otherwise be on the streets. If we were awarded a grant from Swallowdale Children’s Trust, the amount would be divided into two areas; ‘trips/projects fund’ and resource development.
74. Carter’s Charity Primary School have an after school Cookery Club which involves the whole school learning about all areas of food preparation, healthy eating and safe practice in the kitchen. The only thing we are lacking is kitchen facilities! We have an area which is readily available to put in kitchen units, a cooker and worktop which would also benefit the whole school as part of their curriculum learning, we are only lacking funding for our project.
75. The ‘Willow Garden Project’ Fleetwood is a ‘food growing’ community garden incorporating a sensory and wildlife area. The facility primarily supports those with learning disabilities and mental health needs encouraging healthy outdoor reacreation through gardening and horticulture. We are in need of £5000 funds, to help towards the running cost until summer when it will be fully operational, raising awareness of mental health issues in the community.
76. Fleetwood Nets Basketball Club Each young person joined the team for a variety of reasons including health and fitness, a social aspect, fun, and ultimately to compete in a sport we all love, in an environment with very few opportunities to do so. The Nets would like to apply for some financial help in order to continue its growth and stability, which would contribute towards the use of facilities to train or play against opposing teams.
77. The Seaside Venture Group is a charity of the Riding for Disabled Association (RDA). There are about 50 riders of varying ages/disabilities who ride with us every week at a commercial riding school, payment of these rides are subsidised by the group. A grant would assist us greatly in these current times by enabling us to continue to provide the subsidised rides and, in particular, the trips to Wales.
78. Crusaders Morris Dancers attend competitions each Sunday across the North West, each time we go out the bus costs approx £330 and £50 to attend the comps, we charge the girls bus fare and subs each week but it does get very expensive especially as the girls are constantly growing we are also in need of new dresses. Our trainers give up lots of their time each week and the little ones love it.
79. Garstang School of Gymnastics provides an opportunity for children to enjoy the sport of artistic gymnastics by offering a wide range of classes from recreational gymnastics up to international levels. We have two gymnasts who will be part of the artistic gymnastic team representing the North West region at the Special Olympix National finals later this year. A grant would help to ensure the future of our organisation and help us to continue providing a safe environment for our young people.
80. St Annes Cricket Club is trying to build a play area for young children, in a bid to keep children off the streets and enjoy the benefits of a local sports club. A grant would boost their fundraising efforts and reward their hardworking volunteers.
81. Carleton Green Community Primary School have spent a lot of money in the last year upgrading the outside areas, the playing field which used to flood regularly has been drained and we’ve had a Multi Used Play Area installed which is a great improvement to extend the playing area. A grant to develop our playgrounds will benefit all the children in our school community.
82. AFC Blackpool Juniors is a grassroots football club working with children from age 4 to 18 (238 members). We are a voluntary not-for-profit organisation based adjacent to Blackpool airport in Squires Gate. A team kit is a requirement to permit a team to play in the league. We would appreciate your consideration to our request.
83. GFS Platform are applying for funding to enable 6 girls aged 15/16 to take a first aid course. These girls who have been in GFS since the age of 6 are taking a national young leaders qualification course to be able to take on more responsibility in the branch. The cost of these first aid courses are beyond the reach of our branch funds.
84. Marton Operatic Society is a local performing group based in Blackpool. The society receives no public funding and is run entirely by volunteers. There are expenses connected with costumes, travel and prizes which, so far, have been borne by the Society and its members. A grant would enable us to pursue more detailed work with senior groups of pupils to improve the presentational quality of our visits.
85. Ray of Sunshine are a very small locally based children’s charity in Lytham St Annes who are in need of assistance to help them in their continued program offering free holidays to deserving children and their families. Their only income is from their own charity shop in Lytham St Annes.
86. Seesaws community group provide activity sessions for disabled children and their siblings including arts and crafts, play sessions and family meet ups.A grant would enable them to do more activities afterschool, regular Saturday clubs and family outings.
87. Strike Lane Primary School, Freckleton. We would like to develop our school environment and a grant would be used to create an outdoor classroom with themed events to engage all members of the community.
90. Mereside Early Learning would like create an outdoor area for the 3 – 5 year olds, including decking and materials for the children to create their own dens. We want to create an area for digging and planting, so that our outdoor space becomes an outdoor learning environment.
91. Blackpool Young Carers are a local charity supporting children aged 5 – 18 years of age in Blackpool who have caring responsibilities. . We provide youth clubs, trips and activity days and also respite residential breaks for Young Carers. We would welcome extra funds which would help us to plan respite activities to meet the needs of more Young Carers in Blackpool.
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