Bude Coastal Community Team (BBCT) recently learnt that an application to the Places Called Home programme had been successful.
This programme explores the idea that communities can become as important to us as our homes – aiming to inspire and help people get more involved in their local community as a positive, homely place to be and meet other people.
IKEA Limited and The National Lottery Community Fund have come together to support thriving, resilient and sustainable communities across the UK.
BCCT and Neetside Community Centre have been working together on several projects in recent years, and this grant will be used to create an internet-based directory of all local community groups, augmented by a calendar of events.
Miranda Clark, Manager of the Neetside Community Centre said: “This is great news, particularly as the idea emerged from the Shaping My Community event in February 2019, but we didn’t have the funding to carry it forward.”
She added: “Before the Covid lockdown, we held two ‘Bude Together’ meetings, where local groups could inform others about what they do, and when and where they meet. There are well over 200 local clubs and voluntary organisations in the area and it’s not easy for locals, especially new residents, to know what’s going on. We appreciate the work done by Ian Saltern, BCCT’s Community Projects Manager for his work in submitting the application, and of course, to the National Lottery Community Fund and Ikea Ltd.”
Paul Tilzey, BCCT Chair, was also pleased when the news came through. “We are a volunteer- led organisation operating with no regular income, so it is very satisfying that we can access grant funding to help the local community in this way.”
The next step will be to re-assemble the small working group to implement the project, involving website development and associated costs, training and support for the coming three years.