Over the last award quarter we have given out grants to a range of different organisations for a variety of different activities and needs. These have included: –
£2500 awarded to the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust towards the cost of helping to secure the homes of older and vulnerable people living in Chippenham over the coming twelve months who have become, or are at risk of becoming, victims of house crime, cyber-crime and domestic abuse.
£9,396.00 awarded to Hardenhuish School for a Pastoral Support worker. The funding allows pupil access to ‘drop in’ support sessions over 4 days a week, specialist support with transition to secondary school, access to specific interventions as required and emotional wellbeing education through assemblies and signposting of all services on offer.
£9,948.00 to Sheldon School for its Two Wolves Thinking Mental Health Support programme. To fund a school mental health worker to continue to provide a wide range of services to support vulnerable and anxious children to engage with their academic learning, teachers and peers. The structured programme has a specific aim of improving pupils’ mental health and sense of wellbeing, covering topics like: – Why we worry, Practical strategies for understanding and managing our anxiety, Sleep hygiene, Strategies for self-support and Strategies for promoting self-esteem and empathy.
£3000.00 awarded to Springboard Opportunity Group for its Rabbits Group. Springboard Chippenham provides a high-quality care and learning environment for young children with additional needs and their families. The funding contributes towards a “stay and play” session for children (aged 0-2 years old) to attend with their parents. Covid-19 has had a profound impact on this group of under 2-year olds who have not been able to access the services they would normally and had little socialisation with other children. Through the Rabbits Group, the children will gain play experiences within a group, both outdoors and indoors with the comfort and support of their parents/carers, along with support from Springboard staff, specialist resources and input from therapists.
£2,770.00 awarded to Chippenham Tri Club to provide training for new triathlon coaches. Last year the club’s membership almost doubled in size and a result the club has needed more qualified coaches. This funding will enable Chippenham Tri Club to offer services to its members safely, accurately and within the British Triathlon accreditation guidelines.
£1,500.00 awarded to Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team towards activities at The Chippenham River Festival 2022. The funding will help to ensure the outdoor adventure activities (such as tree climbing and zip wires) can be as affordable as possible to as many children and young people as possible.
£1,360.00 awarded to Wiltshire Rural Music to provide ten Keep Music in Mind events at care homes and day care centres in Chippenham. The funding will enable Wiltshire Rural Music musicians to bring music, joy and laughter and an opportunity for staff and residents to listen to a range of popular and classical live music together performed by talented musicians.
£4,500.00 awarded to Wiltshire College and University Centre for equipment and hire of facilities: –
- £1,360.00 to improve the quality of the hand tools for the Motorsport department enabling the course to catch up with the industry standard.
- £1,500.00 for the hire of Castle Combe Race Circuit – enabling motorsport students to carry out track testing and gain real world experience to build their CVs.
- £1640.00 for machines and equipment for the Hair & Beauty Department to enable the students to get industry ready by using the correct professional equipment ready for employment.
£13, 874 awarded to Arts professionals, companies and groups involved in the delivery and performances in Fringe Feb Festival 2022, including: –
- £1,200.00 awarded to Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre for its Museum Jukebox composition and performance.
- £1,500.00 awarded to the Curious Company for their street theatre work as the Disco Litter Queens.
- £1,300.00 awarded to AKA Dance for their performance of A Real Fiction and street theatre work as the “Fashion Police”.
£15,000.00 awarded to Chippenham Community Eco Hub Charity for the salary costs for the part time hub manager for one year. This will enable the charity to continue to provide a central space in the town to provide support, signposting and social inclusion for the residents of Chippenham.
We have also given £3,456 in grants awarded to 16 Chippenham based individuals/households during this quarter for a wide range of needs including debt relief, living & energy costs, white goods, transport costs, enrichment activities and mobility scooter services.
Find out about to how to apply for a grant as an organisation or individual here.