03 Sep 2018

Congratulations August winners!

By Kate Grantham

LoveBrum are proud to support communities from all over Birmingham and showcase those projects that don’t always receive the recognition and funding that they deserve. We were so pleased to see so many people from across Birmingham get involved during August, and show their support by voting for their favourite of our community projects.

£2,000 winner-Meriden Adventure Playground Association

Meriden Adventure Playground aims to compensate for the serious lack of play opportunities in the local area of Chelmsley Wood. It has become central to the neighbourhood, with over 1,000 children registered and up to to 450 children visiting during the school holidays each day. The outdoor site caters for all types of play, including construction and creative activities, as well as physical activity. The playground’s ethos is to give children the freedom to be themselves without too much interference from adults, and the association encourages parents to adopt this attitude too. All the staff at the playground are trained to support this ethos, letting children choose how they want to play and be creative, which allows staff to build strong relationships with the children who visit.

The £2,000 funding will support projects such as designing and building go-karts, as well as repairing the playground’s existing climbing wall.

£1,000 winner-Birmingham Bike Project

Birmingham Bike Project aims to equip, enable and empower newly arrived communities in Birmingham, including refugees and asylum seekers. A bike can provide a real solution to high public transport costs, as well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle, building new friendships and the opportunity to explore their new city. Birmingham Bike Project collects second hand bikes, fixes them up and give them to refugees and asylum seekers, along with a cycling safety kit, which includes a helmet, lock, lights and pump.

The £1,000 funding will allow the organisation to employ a project coordinator to manage and support the growth of the project.

£500 winner-Females of Empowerment

Females of Empowerment provides support for women who have experienced domestic abuse, and a safe environment for them to begin their healing process, through one to one therapeutic coaching and structured workshop programmes. They offer services that help women to improve their physical and mental wellbeing, and provide business start-up support, and debt and finance workshops.

Your £500 of funding will support The Butterfly Project, a 12 week workshop focusing on The Freedom Program, which aims to give women an understanding of domestic violence and help them to explore and talk about their experiences, so they can start to rebuild their lives.

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