More community projects to benefit from funding boost

9 March 2017

More community projects are set to benefit from our Community Priorities Programme.


The Community Priorities Programme has been set up to support local communities, tackle inequalities and help residents to build a strong future.

Our councillors who represent areas already identified as having a greater need can apply for funding for projects which would benefit the most from financial support.

The £2.3m being used by the fund is one-off money from our general reserve fund and suggested projects must meet strict criteria.

The type of activity which could be eligible for support includes:

  • buying tools and equipment to support activities such as developing a community garden which could be loaned or shared with other groups for community events
  • renovating community buildings which result in increased local use
  • setting up community-based sustainable eating projects
  • covering start-up costs for new groups such as residents' associations
  • funding training activities to encourage more people to volunteer.

The latest successful projects to receive funds from the programme have now been announced. They are: 

  • Palterton Welfare. Councillor Joan Dixon - £6,122 for kitchen equipment so groups can prepare and cook hot meals, increase capacity and provide lower cost meals. The aim is to increase the numbers using the Welfare, provide hot meals to vulnerable people and offer a wider range of activities. The funding will also enable five volunteers to undertake food hygiene training. 
  • Alfreton Community Hall. Councillor Steve Marshall-Clarke - £12,738 - to install disabled toilets as the hall is accessible but the toilets are not. The hall is used on a regular basis by a wide range of local groups, including for social and community events like parties. It is also a polling station and is soon to become a refuge for a local care home in case of an emergency.
  • Dementia Friendly Alfreton. Councillor Steve Marshall-Clarke - £29,900 − to develop a dementia friendly town centre scheme, supporting people with the condition, their carers and the community. A new community garden with seating, sensory planting and community space will be created, there will be new seating outside the library, training on dementia friendly skills for local businesses and an information area in Alfreton Library. Alfreton aims to become Derbyshire's first dementia friendly high street setting a blueprint for other towns to follow.
  • Heage Parkside Methodist Church. Councillor David Williams - £4,000 - to improve the church hall kitchen so it can provide hot food and drinks to more people. A variety of community activities are regularly held in the hall and it is anticipated that improved facilities will increase the number of people/groups using the venue and the number of volunteers.
  • Ripley Music Festival. Councillor Steve Freeborn - £830 − to buy six microphones for the annual festival in July. More than 7,000 people visit the festival over the week. The equipment will also be used by other community organisations. 
  • Amber Valley Gymnastics. Councillor Steve Freeborn - £5,000 - towards providing new equipment for the club and also enhance their coaching capabilities. The club, which hosts around 300 gymnasts, recently moved from Alfreton to much larger premises at Hammersmith in Ripley. This has allowed the club to expand and more local residents can take part. 
  • Codnor Cricket Club. Councillor Steve Freeborn - £9,220 - to install a new artificial wicket, enabling the club to play more throughout the year and so it can be used for training and matches. This will help the club significantly develop its junior section.  Five volunteers will also be able to take a training course.
  • Waingroves Community Association, Waingroves Show, Waingroves Drama Group and Waingroves Woodlands Trust. Councillor Steve Freeborn - £4,300 - to buy key equipment to be shared by the groups including a notice board, marquee, digital camcorder and community based defibrillator. 
  • Codnor Methodist Chapel. Councillor Steve Freeborn - £4,000 - to build a new store for play equipment and children's furniture. The site is currently used by a toddler group and equipment is stored in the main building taking up valuable space. A specialised parenting group currently based elsewhere in Codnor is to move into the chapel and share equipment and expertise. 
  • Derbyshire Autism Services. Councillor Steve Freeborn - £470 - to install a shed on an allotment used by the charity's clients. They recently acquired their first allotment on Nuttalls Park and it has developed into a sensory garden, benefiting people with autism. They now have a second plot and want to develop a "grow your own" project to introduce their clients to growing their own fruit and vegetables.
  • Birchwood Methodist Church. Councillor Paul Smith - £4,343 - to improve the church hall kitchen so they can provide more hot food and drinks. The church hall currently hosts a number of groups and activities, including weekly childminding sessions, parties and fundraising events. Improved kitchen facilities will enable them to expand the range of community activities so that the venue can become a local 'community hub'.
  • Ironville OAP Centre. Councillor Paul Smith - £19,000 - to improve the building for the community. The community-owned centre provides a range of activities and is hired out at weekends. The trustees are looking at ways the venue could be more widely used and developed as a community hub. Improvements include repairing the roof, rewiring the centre, improving roof insulation, replacing the sealed double glazed units and improving toilet facilities.
  • Cotmanhay Parents Forum. Councillor Glennice Birkin - £1,500 - to buy tables and chairs, cooking utensils and crockery for the Super Kitchen which runs out of the children's centre. The Forum is run by local mums who organise community activities and recently started running the Super Kitchen. Initially they were providing meals to around 12 people but demand has increased to 30-35 and the furniture and equipment will enable them to expand.
  • Residents of Fairfield Association. Councillor Caitlin Bisknell - £3,000 − to buy mobile football goalposts and mobile basketball posts for walking football and walking basketball. The sessions will be open to the community and should have particular appeal to older residents. Volunteers from Fairfield are involved in delivering activities on the local schools Healthy Families, Happy Children project. 
  • Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales Community Café. Councillor Caitlin Bisknell and Councillor Tony Kemp - £9,000 each − to support  the start-up costs of a community café which will operate as a work experience and training project supporting disadvantaged members of the community.  It will provide opportunities for work experience and volunteering, while using local produce. The café will also host community events and at a later stage develop to include a shop and other associated projects. The funding will assist with the refurbishment and equipping the premises with a catering kitchen.
  • Play Equipment, Perks Park, Breaston. Councillor Robert Parkinson - £7,000 - to buy play equipment for pre-school age children on Perks Park. The parish council has been working with Breaston Community Forum on ideas to improve the play equipment and identified the need for this equipment, as the current equipment is not safe for pre-schoolers. New equipment will incorporate climbing, a platform and two small slides.
  • Shirebrook Town Park. Councillor Marion Stockdale - £50,000 - towards redeveloping the park. This is part of a larger proposal to redevelop park facilities to include play space, a splash park, gardens, orchard, timber trim trail, interactive sports wall, audio-interactive play set and exercise equipment. A sum of £25,000 will go towards phase one of the project - an accessible play area for children aged two to 12. An additional £25,000 will go towards phase two which is the splash park. 
  • Hurst Farm Community Centre. Councillor Andy Botham - £1,900 - to replace the centre's boiler which has broken and can't be repaired. No activities can take place until it has been replaced. Friends of Hurst Farm became a registered charity in April 2016 and in June launched the newly renovated community centre, going from strength to strength.
  • Bits and Bobs at Home Service. Councillors Ellie Wilcox, Dave Wilcox and Damien Greenhalgh - £10,000 each - to start-up a "Bits and Bobs at Home" service, a social enterprise being developed through Volunteer Centre Glossop and Gamesley G52. The service is aimed at older and disabled people or those living with a long-term limiting illness. It will be managed by a co-ordinator and provide a cleaning service which will offer paid employment/self-employment opportunities, a home maintenance service that will offer NVQ training and a DIY and gardening service.
  • Playground in Ilkeston Road, Marlpool. Councillor Paul Jones - £14,849 - to improve the playground equipment. The funding will be used to install a cableway, a basket swing and a home/garden play unit, providing more varied play and recreation opportunities for children and young people from the area.
  • Langley Mill Community Group Youth Activities. Councillor Paul Jones - £16,700 - to enhance the range of out of school and holiday youth activities offered and also give young people the opportunity to gain formal coaching and team leadership qualifications. They are looking to appoint Ilkeston Town Football Club to work with children aged 8 to 16 years old to provide a range of football, hockey and basketball coaching skills and buy a range of new equipment. They also want to introduce a programme where young people visit Rolls Royce's sports centre at Hucknall to take part in career sessions and sporting activities.
  • Chesterfield Cylinders Bowls Club. Councillor Dave Allen - £4,000 − to replace the green which has fallen into disrepair. The club has been given a 25 year lease and is looking to apply to Viridor Credits for just over £37,000 to carry out the refurbishment. Grants from Viridor are subject to a third party contribution and the funding requested is specifically for that. A sum of £293 will be used to buy two benches.
  • Langer Field Play Area, Chesterfield. Councillor Dave Allen - £24,000 − to provide a new play space. The Langer Field Park Community Group is looking to provide an accessible and inclusive equipped play area for children of all ages, which will be educational, active, fun, safe and open all year. There is currently no accessible play equipment in the Rother area. Viridor Credits has approved funding of £47,439.25 and the funding from the Community Priorities Programme will provide a third party contribution towards the grant from Viridor Credits, with the remainder going towards the play equipment. 
  • Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre − Erewash Pilot Project. Councillor Glennice Birkin - £12,000, Councillor Michelle Booth - £7,500 and Councillor John Frudd - £7,500 − to create a bespoke pilot project in targeted Erewash wards, to raise awareness of crisis prevention and advise people receiving benefits. The project will contact clients, aim to prevent sanctions, advise on what to do if sanctioned and raise awareness of hardship payments and other crisis services. People will be contacted again to see what long term improvements have resulted and develop a case to support the service long-term.
  • Exercise for the Heart. Councillor Michelle Booth - £650 − to fund an online promotional film package to help grow the capacity of the group across Ilkeston and the wider area. They provide professional one-to-one care and guidance with rehabilitation exercises for people with long-term conditions such as respiratory and cardiac health problems. They work with 300 people but have the capacity to double this. The promotional film package will be on social media and DVDs will be distributed to doctors' surgeries and hospitals.
  • United Reform Church. Councillor Michelle Booth - £7,346 - to transform an unused piece of land in the church grounds into usable gardens and outdoor, practical skills learning areas. This will provide a safe outdoor activity area for the Messy Church group for families with young children and future groups working with young people. Volunteers have already worked hard to prepare the site, which will have a canopied area.
  • Bakehurst Field Park, New Mills. Councillor Beth Atkins - £11,542 − to install exercise and play equipment on the sloping park area between Marsh Lane, Church Road and New Street. There is a goal mouth at the top of the field and some play equipment for children on the side of the field. The installation of exercise and play equipment around the top edge of the field would create a good play and exercise opportunity for residents. 
  • Derby Road Park, New Mills. Councillor Beth Atkins - £10,923 − to provide play equipment for all ages at the park. This will fund an all-weather football goal mouth and outside exercise equipment which will discourage children from playing football in the road. The area is used as a playing field and as a football pitch by the Junior Football Club for training, but it is currently not fit for purpose.
  • Outdoor Gym, Borrowash. Councillor Robert Parkinson - £10,000 − towards equipment for an outdoor gym on the playing field at the end of Deans Drive. There is also a playground on the playing field and the area is well-used by the community. The facility will provide the community with a hub for outdoor exercise and encourage people to take part in physical activity regardless of their age and ability.
  • Blue Box Project. Councillor Stuart Bradford - £9,000 - towards a project to build a new community space on the Parks Estate, Belper. The group previously had a building but this was demolished following an arson attack in August 2014, which has led to most of the activity stopping. The Blue Box Community Organisation is currently generating funds to build a new community building, where a range of local activities can be run. This funding will go towards phase 1 project costs, with further funding towards equipping the kitchen and fire / security equipment.
  • Loundsley Green Community Trust - Social Isolation. Councillor Stuart Brittain - £3,140 − to deliver a programme which seeks to engage isolated young people living in flats in Loundsley Green and Holme Hall. People experiencing isolation run a high risk of physical and mental illness. The Trust is to publicise the programme, visit homes and talk to residents about opportunities and set up introductory meetings. 
  • Pilsley Football Club. Councillor Kevin Gillott - £2,000 − to support volunteers at the club to gain Level 1 Coach qualifications which will increase the coaching capacity so they are able to manage the increased attendance and size of the club. They are also looking to buy new equipment to meet this increased demand.

Our leader Councillor Anne Western said:

"Helping communities to build resilience, grow and thrive is one of our top priorities and in the face of cuts from Central Government, this has never been more important. 

"Our Community Priorities Programme is really proving its worth, supporting local groups and helping projects to get started or build on work that has already begun, while bringing real benefits to communities.

"The latest successful applications are exactly the type of schemes and projects we want to support and we're already seeing positive results."

More projects which are to receive funding from the Community Priorities Programme will be announced shortly.