The founders of the Bude-Stratton Social Action Fund are delighted to announce that 13 local organisations were successful in their applications to the Fund. This will see the £9,080 raised through a Crowdfunder appeal distributed to a range of local community groups and organisations.
The successful applicants include:
- Marhamchurch Pre-school,
- Marhamchurch Methodist Church,
- Christians Together in Bude and Stratton with Transforming Lives for Good, Bude Food Bank,
- The Haven,
- Bude Methodist Church,
- Stratton Primary School,
- The Pearl Exchange,
- Beach Pastors,
- Bude Primary Academy,
- Cornwall Lipreaders Et Al,
- 2nd Bude Scouts,
- Bude Area Toy Library.
Social Action Fund panel member Adrian Bennett of Bude Coastal Community Team said: “We were delighted to receive such a breadth and range of applications from local organisations, all doing fantastic work in the area”.
The Bude-Stratton Social Action Fund was established in December 2020, by Bude Coastal Community Team (BCCT), Bude-Stratton Community Project (BSCP), the charity which owns and manages Neetside Community Centre, Christians Together in Bude & Stratton (CTBS) and Bude-Stratton Town Council (BSTC), with the aim of distributing money to community groups and charities addressing the impacts of the Coronavirus in the wider Bude area.
The funding will support a variety of projects across a range of age groups and communities. It will provide creative home-schooling packs for primary aged children, deliver mental health support for families, build a sand pit and mud kitchen for pre-schoolers, support lip reading sessions and provide counselling for 11 – 18-year-olds.
A representative of Beach Pastors said: “Beach Pastors are very grateful for the support of the Bude Social Action Fund in what we believe will be a critical summer for many families. Time and space for beach holiday after the traumatic period of lockdown will mean that many will come to Summerleaze to refresh.”
A representative of Cornwall Lipreaders Et Al said: “The group intends to use the funds to book a venue for 10 fortnightly sessions of face-to-face lipreading. As good as Zoom has been, for those who could use it, it cannot replace seeing and interacting with all the students face to face, and there have been a few who found the technicalities too difficult”.
The Social Action Fund panel was especially keen to support community groups and organisations helping local families and people deal with the impact of Coronavirus, particularly its effect on livelihoods and mental health.
The partnership hopes that the success of this first ever Bude-Stratton Social Action Fund will inspire a further round of fundraising and fund giving. “The funding will enable the team to continue coaching vulnerable children in September which can provide a lifeline for the children, particularly after the trauma of the pandemic”, said a representative of CTBS with Transforming Lives for Good.
A Crowdfunder campaign raised £5,780 for the Fund, with an additional £1,500 being pledged by local Cornwall Councillors. The fund was also supported by Bude-Stratton Town Council, Marhamchurch Parish Council and Cavanna homes.
Social Action Fund panel member, Clare Hicks, of the Bude-Stratton Community Project (Neetside Community Centre) said: “We are tremendously grateful to all who so generously donated towards the Social Action Fund. We look forward to seeing the real beneficial impacts this funding will have on our local groups, and, having proved so successful, we hope that the Social Action Fund can be continued into the future”.