The three charities topping the public vote would normally all receive KCOM community grants of up to £1,000 – but after what has been a challenging year of Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns for many local community organisations, the Smile Foundation has stepped in to provide grants for the other three runners-up as well.

All six finalists will now receive grants to help them carry out their invaluable work in the community.

£900 for Beverley Mutual Aid

Supporting vulnerable people by doing day-to-day tasks such as shopping, gardening and dog-walking.

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This volunteer-run charity supporting people in Beverley and surrounding villages who are lonely and self-isolating.

They operate manned telephones linking to a network of volunteers in the East Riding area who do shopping, gardening, dog-walking, collect prescriptions and simple house maintenance for those who need it most.

£540 for the Friends of Hull General Cemetery

Transforming the cemetery into a welcoming space for visitors and a haven for nature.

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We are a local group of volunteers who have taken the challenge to reclaim the disused and overgrown Victorian Cemetery which, over the years, had become a place for fly-tipping and rubbish dumping and has attracted much anti-social behaviour, including drug dealing prostitution and drinking dens.

It is our aim to turn the cemetery into an area that will benefit the local community, improve the neighbourhood and create a unique asset for our city. This is to be achieved by clearing the cemetery of rubbish, fallen tree branches and invasive ground cover thus encouraging a diversity of plants, insects and wildlife.

We wish to promote educational research, a healthy relaxing environment and encourage leisure activities such as painting, photography, mindfulness classes in the cemetery and engage with local people and businesses.

To date we have created a circular pathway around the cemetery, installed over 20 litter bins along the pathways, created a Workhouse Memorial Area, a wildflower meadow, a butterfly walk, made and installed over 40 bird boxes, two owl boxes, several bat boxes and six hedgehog boxes to encourage wildlife. We have also planted over a 1000 daffodil bulbs along the Spring Bank West frontage. We also clean and maintain graves, including the Commonwealth War Graves and headstones, and research the people buried in the cemetery.

We are currently reclaiming the two acre section of the cemetery that backs onto the Princes Avenue shops, which over recent areas had become badly overgrown. It is our intention to create a wildlife pond in this area which will attract many species, such as toads, frogs, newts as well as many water-loving insects that do not currently inhabit the cemetery because of the lack of water.

£750 for Kingston Amateur Boxing Club

Giving youngsters from disadvantaged areas new life opportunities through sport.

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Kingston Amateur Boxing Club is a registered charity run solely by a team of dedicated and experienced volunteers. They teach amateur boxing to all genders and ages from the community, age five and upwards, providing a safe and friendly hub for all.

The club is fully affiliated to England Boxing, enabling it to compete locally, nationally and internationally in amateur boxing. This also means the club can create pathways to success and opportunities such as competing at the Olympics. Through training the club instils life skills, teaches discipline and respect for all others, emphasising the importance of hard work for success.

The club provides opportunities for volunteering roles and holds public fundraising events to remain self-sufficient.

£906 for Men in Sheds Haltemprice

Providing friendship and practical skills training for isolated people.

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Men in Sheds Haltemprice is located in Anlaby and is open to men and women over the age of 18. The concept of Men in Sheds is about reducing isolation and loneliness by bringing people together and providing them with opportunities to make new friends and develop or improve skills in a safe space within their community.

Men in Sheds is a place where men (and women) can pursue practical interests and enjoy ‘making and mending’ within a social setting. This enables social connections, builds friendships and facilitates the sharing of skills and knowledge. This is why Men in Sheds often use the strapline: ‘Tools, Tinkering and Tea’.

The shed provides opportunities to get involved in a wide range of activities such as carpentry, horticulture, painting, social or other activities which are driven by members areas of interest.

For those people experiencing change and/or transition in their lives related to bereavement, retirement, redundancy, physical and mental health issues, the shed provides a safe space where they can just be themselves and enjoy the company of others whilst participating in activities of interest alongside fellow ‘shedders’ - the collective name given to our members.

£700 for Pocklington Rugby in the Community

(PRITC) aiming to deliver Christmas dinners and friendship to lonely older people this festive season.

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Pocklington Rugby in the Community ( PRITC) is a registered charity that was established to strengthen the community through activities that promote health and well-being and enhance lives for all.

Working with and through others it hopes to develop a Community Hub which not only uses the resources that the Rugby Club has to offer but will support the development and increase activity provision for people of all ages within the community.

 

£1000 for The Green Team

A team based in Goole that offers practical work experience and activities for disabled people.

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Established in 1998, The Green Team was set up to help the elderly and disabled with the provision of a low-cost, gardening service. Within the last four years, volunteer numbers have increased from 12 to 46 and we have developed sufficiently to increase our local employment opportunities and staff numbers have grown from three to nine.

As well as providing a garden maintenance service for the elderly and disabled, we also have two allotment plots, a mini community garden centre and, since 2019, have managed a community cafe in West Park, Goole.

We promote and provide volunteering opportunities for people to play a positive role in their local communities while at the same time helping themselves. When volunteers join us, they have the opportunity to work, learn and develop new skills within any of our learning or real-life working environments detailed above.

We also provide work experience placements and provide supported learning places to people who have been unable to access places elsewhere due to disability, personal or health issues and take referrals from local services and agencies.

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If you have any questions about the community grants please email  communitygrants@kcom.com.

 

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