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Two local groups win Aviva community grants

Posted on Wednesday 20th March 2019 at 8:05 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of the Bradley Stoke Youth FC Under-7 team.

September 2018 saw a number of local community groups send in applications to the Aviva Community Fund in the hopes of receiving funding for their projects. After voting was opened to the public in October 2018, the finalists were announced on 27th November. From across the Stokes, there were four finalists: St Michael’s Primary School PTFA, 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts, Wheatfield Primary School and Bradley Stoke Youth FC.

On 24th January 2019, the winners from the ‘environment’ category were announced followed by the ‘health and wellbeing’ category on 31st January and on 7th February it was the final category, ‘skills for life’. Out of these three categories, two of the four finalists from the Stokes were successful and will be receiving the funding that they applied for.

Bradley Stoke Youth Football Club (BSYFC)

BSYFC’s U7 team received funding of £500 to purchase some winter training clothing as well as new training equipment such as mini-hurdles, training ladders and slalom poles to ensure training sessions remain engaging and interactive for the children.

James McTiernan, manager of the U7 team, said:

“We are delighted with the news that the club were able to secure a significant sum of money through the Aviva Community Fund. Coaches and parents worked really hard to ensure that we had enough votes to be considered. The under-7 squad are undergoing and really enjoying their first season in league football this year. The money will go towards kit and equipment, and will go a very long way in helping the children to grow and develop as both footballers and people.”

More: £5,000 for play equipment at St Michael’s School »

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Groups looking for YOUR vote to win funding

Posted on Sunday 18th November 2018 at 9:14 pm by Laura Mortimore

Aviva Community Fund.

A number of local groups across the Stokes are looking for the support of the community as they hope to win funding for their projects from the annual Aviva Community Fund. The competition, which will finance over 500 projects across four different fund levels, runs over four months allowing time for applications to be submitted, voting by the public to take place and then final judging with the winners being announced in January.

Last year, one of the successful applicants was the Friends of Holy Trinity Primary School in Bradley Stoke. They received funding of £1,000 which was used towards making significant improvements to the outdoor learning areas for the Reception and Year 1 classes.

Local projects that have applied for funding this year include…

The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association at St Michael’s School, Stoke Gifford have applied for funding up to £5,000 which they would like to use towards replacing a large wooden outdoor obstacle course which was well-loved but is now old and deemed unusable.

Safe Space in Little Stoke, a charity that supports children with additional needs, are hoping for funding up to £1,000 to buy new toys for play therapy including football goals and balls.

Aretians RFC in Little Stoke are looking for funding up to £25,000 which they would use to extend the clubhouse as the existing building is too small for the number of children and adults who are a part of the rugby club.

Unit 70 “Avonation” Scout Group based in Little Stoke would like to use the £1,000 that they have applied for to provide First Response First Aid training for all 40 of their members.

The 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group have applied for funding up to £5,000. They are hoping to purchase two giant inflatable stand-up paddleboards which would be used with their water activity unit to develop skills and provide new opportunities for the children.

Wheatfield Primary School in Bradley Stoke are hoping to receive funding up to £25,000. The Friends of Wheatfield Primary School are hoping to create a new outdoor Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in the grounds to allow the school and community to better utilise a rundown field area prone to flooding, creating an all-weather surface for engaging physical play.

The Friends of Bowsland Green Primary School in Bradley Stoke are looking for funding up to £25,000 which they would like to use for their ‘playground regeneration project’. At the heart of this project is the redevelopment of an area known as ‘the green area’. Within this area there is a large wooden ‘ship’ structure as well as some basic wooden climbing equipment. The surface in this area has begun to crack and the wooden elements are tired, dated and not fit for purpose.

Bradley Stoke Youth FC have applied for funding of £1,000 and are hoping to use this money to purchase some winter training clothing as well as new training equipment such as mini hurdles, training ladders and slalom poles to ensure training sessions remain engaging and interactive for the children.

More: How to vote (with direct links for each local group) »

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Local school wins community funding from Aviva

Posted on Tuesday 6th February 2018 at 8:21 pm by Laura Mortimore

Rainbow picnic bench, manufactured from 100% plastic waste.

A local primary school has received confirmation that they are one of the winners of the Aviva Community Fund. The competition, which took place at the end of last year, involved a number of local groups hoping to win funding for their projects by receiving votes from the public. Voting closed on 21st November 2017; the votes have all been counted and the 592 winners have been announced.

Thanks to the votes from the local community, one of this year’s winners is the Friends of Holy Trinity Primary School in Bradley Stoke. They are going to receive funding of £1,000 which is to be used towards making significant improvements to the outdoor learning areas for the Reception and Year 1 classes. Both of these areas need tables and chairs as well as resources to support literacy and numeracy that can be used outdoors, such as chalk boards, number lines and letter boards. The school is planning to complete this project in three stages:

  1. Purchase outdoor tables and chairs for both areas
  2. Install a wooden shelter outside the Year 1 classroom
  3. Purchase the smaller resources to be used for outdoor learning

Holy Trinity are planning on using the £1,000 funding to complete the first stage of their project and hope to have purchased and be using the table and chairs by the end of January. The final two stages of the project will be ongoing over the coming months while the school continues to raise the remainder of the funds needed.

Speaking about the win, headteacher Janet Dickson said:

“We are delighted to get the funding and I am extremely grateful to the PTA for completing and submitting the application. The purchase of the multi-coloured picnic benches is the first step in developing the outdoor area for the Reception and Year 1 children and we look forward to completing the final stages.”

To view the rest of the projects in nearby areas that have won funding, please visit https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk and if you know of or are a member of a local community group, the Aviva Community Fund will be back later on this year offering more funding.

Photo: Rainbow picnic bench, manufactured from 100 percent plastic waste.

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Groups looking for YOUR vote to win funding

Posted on Wednesday 16th November 2016 at 5:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Aviva Community Fund.

The Friends of Baileys Court Primary School is one of a number of local voluntary groups calling on the support of the local community to help win funding through a national competition organised by insurance company Aviva.

The group, which is seeking funds to replace the condemned ‘bark park’ area in the school playground, is asking local people to cast votes in the Aviva Community Fund 2016 competition, to increase its chance of winning up to £25,000 for the project.

In a project description submitted as part of its competition entry, the group states: “The benefits of outdoor play to primary school children are well know, including improved vision, reduction in ADHD symptoms, reducing stress in children as well as contributing to a healthy and happy learning environment. This is why Baileys Court Primary School desperately needs funding to help regenerate much of its outdoor play area, which is currently severely limited due to safety concerns. These spaces are not just for the benefit of pupils at the school – they will be an asset to the whole community as they are also available for use by local pre-schools and other groups who provide families with much needed support after school and in school holidays.”

Other local groups to have entered the Aviva competition include:

  • The 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group, seeking up to £10,000 to purchase its own box van trailer, which would make camping trips more affordable and allow them to be organised more frequently.
  • The 1st Stoke Gifford Scout Group, seeking up to £1,000 to put towards the purchase of a community defibrillator unit that would be installed outside the Old School Rooms.
  • Aretians RFC, seeking up to £10,000 to provide training lights for its second team pitch in Little Stoke Park, in order to relieve pressure on its main pitch, which gets badly churned up in winter.

More: How to cast your votes (with direct links for each project) »

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