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Community Involvement Grant

 

About our Community Involvement Grant:


The aim of First Choice’s Community Involvement Grant is to benefit our tenants and the communities they live in. The grant can also be accessed by our tenants’ support providers and other organisations that work with First Choice’s tenants. Grants of up to £100.00 are available. In some cases we may consider applications for higher amounts. You need to complete this application form so that we can consider your bid. 


Feedback from grant recipients:


Erlas Walled Garden


'As a result of a £1000 grant from First Choice Housing Association, a log burning stove and a fridge have been bought, and lighting has been installed - to make the workshop in the centre of the West Walled Garden at Erlas, near Wrexham, a comfortable, bright and welcoming place to work in. The work-shop, known affectionately as the 'Roundhouse' will be used by war veterans as a 'mess area' in the New Year, whilst they participate in various tasks which will build up their confidence and work-place skills, and also help the 'Erlas Victorian Walled Garden' keep on top of maintaining a therapeutic and productive Kitchen Garden.



Cartrefi Cymru


'A lot of progress has been made with the initial allotment site. Raised beds have been put in place with some pathways around, a green house (now with tomato plants in) and small summer house has been erected. (we are still to felt the roof) and some of the beds have been planted by some of the tenants we support. There are opportunities for FCHA tenants to join in the allotments. It has been "manned on a Saturday morning and an hour or two on Tuesday evenings. Help from Lisa Lewis the overall allotment manager has been great'.



Vale People First


'Vale People First held its Annual AGM and Conference on 1st December 2015. It was well attended by over 80 professionals and members. The members made their own adaptation of a "Christmas Carol". This depicted Ebeneezer Scrooge as the Government making cuts to important frontline disability services and the ghosts portrayed the new social services and well-being act - with a hope that this can help people access a more positive, person centered life. The play was filmed and is available on our social media channels. As a result, people went away knowing more about the Act and how to access it. The day carried on with feedback from all the groups and forums in their own style. A very good fun and productive day - thanks to First Choice Housing for their donation'.



Wrexham County Borough Council


'Wrexham County Borough Council is grateful to FCHA for helping to make a wish come true for local veterans. To keep their legacy alive, Wrexham veterans wish to hand their standards, or ceremonial flags, down to the Wrexham community. On their behalf, the Council has succeeded in raising almost £12,000, the amount needed to professionally preserve the standards. Cllr David Griffiths, Armed Forces Champion said "FCHA got our crowdfunding campaign off to a brilliant start, and we can't thank you enough. Veterans represented by the Burma Star, Eighth Army, Normandy and Korean Veterans' Associations are proud and humbled by your support, and they feel a huge sense of comfort and relief now that their legacy, and that of their fallen comrades, can be safeguarded'.



CAIS and Change Step


'The advertising boards and leaflets have been extremely beneficial to our Change Step gardening service! Firstly, we commissioned a local veteran who owns ISM signs in Ellesmere Port to design and make the A-Boards for us.

The leaflets were then designed and printed promoting our service, and these have now been distributed widely. Please see the digital version of the leaflet attached.

The signs have made a big difference to our veterans working on gardening projects as they feel that the signs encourage members of the public to approach them with questions or 'banter' and that the boards also create opportunities for new service enquires. The service has really taken off and we now have a very busy bookings diary.

The boards have been used as a feature in our new promotional video for the service, which we will be happy to share with you once we receive the final edit - please see out-take photos from the film attached.

Thank you so much for your generous donation to Change Step - our mentors and volunteers are enormously proud of the project and your donation for the boards and leaflets is very much appreciated by all in our team'.



Two FCHA tenants in Swansea


'Time to Meet members have been lucky enough to receive 2 grants from their landlord First Choice Housing Association. Clive Jeffries who runs 2 walking groups received £50 to buy a new head torch and rucksack. Clive walks regularly and is well equipped for everything!

Robin Savours with the help from the other guys living in the FCHA home received £80 to buy a new tea urn for the weekly coffee morning held in Gorseinon. They are so busy making teas and coffees it was a welcome gift. Clive and Robin would like to thank FCHA for their generous grant. Both walking and the coffee morning encourage people living in the community to take part in these 2 wonderful activities where they meet old friends and make new friends.'



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