- Community-driven programme ensures local people decide how investment will be spent
- Sunderland is one community to benefit from the programme which begins in 2015
Fourteen communities have been selected to receive three years of funding to increase community participation and improve wellbeing as part of the XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 legacy.
In Sunderland, Ryhope and Hendon have been selected to benefit from funding of at least £200,000 over three years with a further match by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. The Community Foundation is seeking to raise an additional £140,000 and has already committed £30,000 from its own funds for 2015.
The community-driven programme is being run in partnership with Spirit of 2012 and the Community Foundation who will be working closely with local groups to create a programme of community participation to support grass roots projects at the heart of our community.
Rob Williamson, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland said:
“We are delighted to deliver the Fourteen programme in partnership with Spirit of 2012. Ryhope and Hendon is as an area with significant disadvantage, however our local knowledge tells us that it has a strong voluntary and community sector that could use additional funding to good effect. By working in partnership with local groups we aim to meet the needs of local communities and deliver a programme worth at least £130,000 per year. Currently there are around 23,000 people living in Ryhope and Hendon and the Fourteen programme can make a huge difference to create stronger communities in our region.”
Fourteen is a £3.5m programme funded by Spirit of 2012, a charity set up by the Big Lottery Fund to connect events to communities across the country; tackling disadvantage by supporting opportunities in sport, physical activity, culture and the arts, volunteering and social action.
Together, with Spirit, the partners will create a legacy of improving wellbeing and happiness. Fourteen is community led and each community will decide themselves how they want to increase participation in one or more of the following activities: social action & volunteering; grass roots sport & physical activity; culture activity & arts; and youth leadership & personal development.
All activities will be inclusive and aimed at supporting local people in developing their potential and feeling able to actively contribute to their community.
Events such as Glasgow 2014 and London 2012 are remarkable in their ability to bring people together: inspiring pride through the power of participation. Fourteen is aimed at sustaining this positivity – empowering people to get out in their local area, to be involved and to feel better.
We will change fourteen communities and thousands of lives.
Debbie Lye, Chief Executive of Spirit of 2012 says:
“Spirit was established to extend the opportunities and inspiration of events, such as London 2012, to communities across the UK. Our investment into Glasgow 2014 and its UK-wide legacy was our first big commitment. Fourteen represents the lion’s share of that. The communities announced today are direct grassroots beneficiaries of the Glasgow 2014 legacy. They have put forward what changes they want to see in their neighbourhoods, and have a vision of the difference this money will make. Led by local people to impact local people – we’re hugely excited to get fourteen underway.”
England, Scotland and Wales will be delivered and managed by UK Community Foundations (UKCF) (in partnership with Community Foundation in Wales, Foundation Scotland, Heart of England Community Foundation, Forever Manchester, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland Community Foundation and Quartet Community Foundation). Northern Ireland will be delivered and managed by Springboard (in partnership with Strive NI)
Kate Stewart, Interim Chief Executive of UKCF added:
“Events such as the London 2012 Olympics and the XX Commonwealth Games play an enormous part in making tangible the ‘community spirit’ that we so often refer to. The challenge is keeping the momentum of such events going. We’re delighted that the communities announced today are set to benefit from this funding and know that, supported by community foundations’ local reach and knowledge; this legacy funding will go right into the heart of these neighbourhoods across the UK, helping to keep the sentiment of these sporting events alive. Spirit’s vision for these communities is a legacy of wellbeing, aspiration and inclusion and UK Community Foundations and our community foundation partners are proud to be a part of it.”
For further information about the funding of Fourteen and Spirit of 2012, please contact Head of Communications, Penny East on 07833470985 or email email@example.com
For further information about the Fourteen programme in Ryhope and Hendon please contact Mark Pierce, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland on 0191 222 0945 or email firstname.lastname@example.org