Two Ridings CF awarded £1.1 million in grants to 252 groups and 12 individuals in 2019/20. These grants were utilised in a wide range of ways to have a significant impact on their local community. For every grant awarded we require a small amount of monitoring, this helps us to tell the story of the important work that is going on within our area.
The impact Two Ridings CF achieves is best illustrated by looking at some of the projects supported in more detail.
Hornsea Town Council
Hornsea Town Council, established in 1974, serve a rural community of approximately 8500 residents of all ages in the East Riding of Yorkshire. They are committed to creating and maintaining effective working relationships with all sectors of the community. Their main aim is to improve the quality of life of all who live and work in the town of Hornsea. They have received three grants from Two Ridings Community Foundation. The total of all three grants is £25,972. They have four full time and six part time members of staff.
Hornsea Town Council, in collaboration with local youth, have successfully renovated a rundown skate park into a modern, safe, state of the art skate park thanks to a grant of £10,000 from the East Riding Crime Reduction fund. Since its opening in Hall Garth Park the facility has hosted competitions and successfully provided free access to users of all ages. The Hornsea Youth Club now boasts 140 members and a skate park user group has been formed to maintain and protect the attraction. Alongside benefitting the young people who use the skate park, neighbouring residents have seen a reduction in noise levels and vandalism has decreased enormously.
Scuba Diving For All
Scuba Diving For All have been successfully providing scuba diving training to the Ripon disabled community for over sixteen years. They also provide diving training and professional qualifications for non-disabled divers who are interested in becoming qualified to assist during training. They have received three grants from Two Ridings Community Foundation, totalling £7000 in allocated funds. They have 3 full time members of staff and 21 volunteers.
A grant of £3000 from THE LOCAL FUND for Harrogate District aided the group in replacing their failing scuba equipment. Being lighter and better fitting, this new equipment has greatly enhanced training. It will allow many more disabled persons this unique experience, something which they might have thought impossible.
Veterans Woodcraft CIC
Since 2017 Veterans Woodcraft have worked with veterans to encourage their recovery and reintegration into society after serving, and who have often experienced mental or physical health conditions as a result of their time in the armed forces. As well as working with wood, they offer time spent with like-minded people to promote well-being. They also offer their workshops to older people within the community, and take part in outreach sessions. Supporting from a base in Richmond, they have five part time staff and nine volunteers. They have received a total of £5,952.89 through two grants from Two Ridings.
The grant has allowed the group to arrange workshops specifically for Gurkha veterans, their wives and widows, and in the process overcoming the language barrier and everyone gaining trust and respect for one another. The Gurkhas and their families have become more involved in wider social events, more integrated into the local community, and have invited veterans of the woodcraft team to the Gurkha’s Christmas dinner, summer barbecue and to one of the family’s Pasni ceremonies (a weaning ceremony).
One beneficiary was an 82-year-old Gurkha veteran with the onset of Parkinson’s. He had little confidence or inclination to get involved, but found he could successfully operate the scroll saw. He felt confident enough in his new skill to make a new handle for his Kukri (a traditional Nepalise knife). He is now much more involved and his mental health has improved in response to his involvement.
Well Women Centre supports women in the Wakefield area with the mental and physical health and provides access to well-being services. Since 1986 they have listened to women, supported them to improve their skills, self-esteem and confidence, and provided a holistic service for mind, spirit and body.
Currently they are running a project to support women from South Asia living in Wakefield. Much research has been carried out by Well Women Centre, showing that women from South Asia are more likely to suffer poor health, be isolated, and are unaware of and cannot access other services. However, these women are often keen to improve their lives and the lives of those around them in their communities. The group has two weekly sessions, one informal, the other with an activity. Designing their own programme, the group has covered topics such as mental health and well being, healthy eating, faith and culture, volunteering, parenting, and has enjoyed creative sessions.
The women who take part experience less isolation, increased confidence and improved mental health. They say they feel supported and better able to engage positively with support services for themselves and their families, and that they can meaningfully use their time, whether learning new skills, volunteering, or working. Some continue the cycle of support by going on to volunteer with the group or by providing mentoring for new members.
Vulcan Learning Centre
Established in 2012, Vulcan Learning Centre in Hull is led by young people for young people, to support them in developing respect, self-control, self-esteem whilst improving social inclusion and their chances for employment. Vulcan Learning Centre does this through sport and recreation, with a gym, a boxing club and allotment. They work with many other partners, such as probation and mental health services, and often work with people in crisis. They have eight full time and three part time staff, and eight volunteers. In total they have received three grants from Two Ridings, totalling £22,100.
This project was to establish a boxing club to support people experiencing mental health difficulties. Some members has experienced significantly poor mental health, and the boxing club has had a very positive impact on how they feel their health has been. The participants also felt that the personal development sessions were useful, particularly if they were gradually introduced once the initial boxing sessions had begun and they had come to know the members of staff. Some members felt the benefit of the boxing so much that they have begun to join other more general boxing sessions too.
Tang Hall Smart CIC
Since opening in 2014 the Tang Hall Community Interest Company, based in Tang Hall, York, have provided a range of music/arts based clubs to the public. This is the second grant they have received from Two Ridings Community Foundation; with £3,789 being the total amount awarded to date. They have 5 volunteers, 5 full time staff and 7 part time staff.
Funding of £2000 from the Arts for Change fund has enabled the relaunch of a community choir and teen music club in this deprived area of York by covering the cost of membership. As a result of this funding membership has increased from 6 to over 20, including several members with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues. These new members experienced the joy of singing and achieved a boost to their well-being. Without this grant these new members would not have joined the choir as they could not have afforded to pay.
S is a young adult with learning disabilities. The choir is his first experience of attending a group where it is not targeted at people with disabilities. He loves coming and performed as part of the choir at both events listed above. His voice has become more tuneful, and he has altered his behaviour to fit in with the group, which means he is more self-disciplined, and has learned to sing as part of a group rather than just on his own.