13 Feb 2020

Congratulations January Winners!

By Hannah Whiting

Thanks to your votes, we’re thrilled to announce the winners of January’s round of funding!

Throughout January, we showcased three incredible Birmingham based projects, each one focusing on self improvement and working hard to help people in our communities, be the best they possibly can be.

£2,000 winner – Restore

Restore works to welcome and integrate refugees and asylum seekers into the local community. Their one-to-one befriending project pairs refugees and asylum seekers with trained volunteers from the community; offering a warm welcome, help with conversational English and help orientating around Birmingham.  

£2,000 funding will enable Restore to train 12 volunteers, welcome and signpost newly referred refugees and asylum seekers and make and support 12 new befriending matches. 

£1,000 winner – InUnity

InUnity is a community, non-for-profit organisation working in Birmingham that uses innovative projects to engage young local people in local communities and help to create social change. She Will is a brand new project for InUnity, based in Druids Heath, aiming to reach a wider community where there is a lack of youth provision. The 12 week project will support young girls in Druids Heath, providing a safe environment that is free of charge for participants, allowing a safe space to talk and make friends.  

£1,000 funding  will pay for a one day follow up support programme to the “She Will” programme which is called “I Am aware” this is a popular existing short programme, developed by InUnity which continues to support the young females rather than leave them once the “She Will” programme has been completed.

£500 winner – Local Access Centre – LAC

Local Access Centre support a range of people across Birmingham by providing information, advice, guidance and referral services, helping users to obtain and enhance their skills.  Founded in 2006, Local Access Centre is committed to providing information, legal advice, guidance and referral services to local communities and facilitating the enhancement or obtainment of skills. Based in Digbeth, they aim to empower local communities to access services and support to improve their quality of life and maintain independence.

£500 funding will train volunteers, helping to provide support for their users and beneficiaries. The funding will also help to provide further workshops, one to ones, team and focus groups, in their to develop and enhance skills within the local community. 

Thank you to everyone who voted! Sign up to receive a notification when voting opens next month!


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