Community Action Grant Success Stories

New Tupton Evangelical Church Food Bank

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant. The group received £500 to re-stock the foodbank and offer free coffee mornings for local residents. The project addressed social isolation, provided support, and improved health & wellbeing to those in need within the local community. The project lead, Sylvia Tidmarsh said, "The grant we received from North East Derbyshire District Council for our foodbank was a great help. Because of Covid-19 and having to close for 6 months, we needed to replenish the food. We then opened again and gave out food parcels to those in need. I would like to say a big thank-you to you."

Morton Village Hall Community Café

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant. The group received £500 for new tables for the community café. The project addresses social isolation and provides an environment where villagers old and young can meet and socialise. Mr & Mrs Randle, local residents stated "It's a wonderful facility that was needed in the village and we're looking forward to going. We can’t go out much now due to our age, but our weekly visits to the cafe will keep us going and Monday can’t come quick enough for us. The cafe really will help us feel less isolated."  The Cafe is due to reopen in the village hall in Morton on Monday 17th May at 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Eckington Town Team

Last year Eckington Town Team were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant of £500 to help set up a website for the town to promote local activities, walks, history, events, projects, community groups, organisations and businesses. The projects aim was to improve wellbeing, social interaction and the local economy in the area. Margaret Fry, Chair of Eckington Town Team states, "Thank you so much to NEDDC from all of us at ETT. The grant ensured that the project could go forward and the website was up and running as soon as possible. This was really exciting for us to be able to get this project funded as we are sure it will benefit many of the local businesses and help other organisations to share their news and projects. Once again a sincere thank you for your support." 

The Dronfield Knitters for the Homeless project

Has over 60 online members and the group has helped to reduce loneliness and isolation among their volunteers. Funding was provided to replenish the yarn stock and the group knitted over 500 hats and snoods which were donated to homeless people and rough sleepers in the area. Liz Hepworth from the group said “In a very small way our group shows that someone cares enough to help. The funding from NEDDC has enabled our project to thrive and we are very grateful for the help. We could not have continued after the first weeks without it”. One volunteer group member said “I love being part of something that makes a difference and stops me feeling so lonely".

The Dronfield Heritage Trust

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant for the Dronfield Hall Barn Community Christmas Project. The group received £500 to purchase Christmas lights, gazebos and equipment. The project addressed social isolation by providing an uplifting event for the community and a chance for volunteers to get involved. It also provided an opportunity to network with businesses to help develop future relationships. Some of the feedback stated from attendees were; “'It was lovely to be a small part of it', “Fabulous, well done to all”.

1st Wingerworth Brownies

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant to purchase vital equipment to secure the future of the Unit. The group received £370 to purchase extra equipment to ensure Covid-19 safety; stationery and craft equipment so each Brownie could have her own pack and sports and storage equipment. The aim of the project helps support Council priorities by addressing local issues and concerns, and it enabled local action by empowering and supporting local volunteers and organisations. Nikki Tugby, Leader of 1st Wingerworth Brownies said, “Had we not received funding through this project, we would have had to seriously consider the future of the unit as we simply would not have had the means to provide suitable craft, activity and cleaning equipment when face to face meetings resumed.  This funding has alleviated a great deal of pressure and stress from our adult volunteers, who can now plan confidently for face-to-face meetings, safe in the knowledge that this project has funded all of the essential items needed to run those meetings safely and in line with Government guidelines and Girl guiding policies.”

Killamarsh Badminton Club

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant for an Open Badminton Project. The group received £490 to set up a new club night at the local sports centre for new young players and members of the local community, which offered 10 weeks of free badminton with active club members offering coaching and guidance. The aim of the project was to improve physical and mental wellbeing, increase exercise and it also enabled local action by empowering and supporting local volunteers. Darrell Eyre from the KBC said “The take-up for club attendance based on feedback at the end of the sessions was an overwhelming success, with some of the new young players looking to join the club”.

Temple Normanton School Playscheme group

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant for a Community Woodland Project. The group received £500 to improve a community meadow area, enable crown lifting of a woodland area and the instillation of two benches. The aim of the project helped support Council priorities by addressing local issues and concerns by improving wellbeing, encouraging exercise, enabling local action by empowering and supporting local volunteers, and enhancing biodiversity by supporting new habitats, wildlife corridors and managing open spaces to promote vital plants and pollinators. Stephen Wright, Project Manager said, “Some residents noticed immediately the difference the work had made, as they can now sit, enjoy and appreciate the woodland. Thank you for this much needed and appreciated grant funding.”

The Hub at Gladstone in Clay Cross

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant for a Mining Memories project. The group received £500 for activities including the collection of stories and memorabilia from local people who had been involved or had memories of mining in the area. An exhibition also took place and training for participants. One of the participants commented “Had I not took part in this heritage project it would have been particularly difficult to have found a way through the last lockdown. I live on my own and found the dark evenings lonely, but this project gave me a chance to refocus on things and gave me something to do“.

5th Dronfield Cubs

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant for a new outside activity zone. The group received £500 which enabled the group to meet outdoors each week. The funding was used to provide planters for each section to use for gardening projects and a new campfire circle, which is available for Scouting and Guiding and for local families and other groups. The activities have enabled young people to learn about gardening and help complete their Gardeners Badge and engage new volunteers. Chris Smith, Group Leader said “I can't believe how something so simple can change so much over time! Thank you to everyone who has supported us with this grant. The results are beyond our dreams!”

Pilsley Village Sports Association

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant for jet tasing and storage equipment. The group received £500 for the items which will help maintain the outside of the pavilion and adequate storage to ensure that the building is safe. A representative from the Association said “We would like to thank the NEDDC again for its help in securing the equipment.”

Killamarsh Community Speed Watch Group

were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant and the group received £500 to fund equipment which enables the group, made up of local volunteers, to work with Derbyshire Police to monitor vehicle speeds to provide a high visibility presence and to educate drivers. The project also includes a training programme for members of the group and working with the local Police to offer awareness sessions using the new equipment for local schools and youth groups. The project supports the council plan by creating a safer District, helping communities to address local issues and enhancing our residents’ quality of lives. The residents of Killamarsh all benefit from the project in terms of deterring speeding vehicles, leading to safer roads and less accidents in the community. Cllr Steve Clough, Chair of Killamarsh Parish Council said, ‘’ The issue of speeding in Killamarsh is one that is regularly in conversation with residents. It is reassuring that the village now has a visible presence to deter drivers using excess speed.’’

Chesterfield Litter Picking Group

were successful in applying for a £481 Community Action Grant to buy more equipment for group litter picks, as the number of members were increasing quickly. The group's aim is to clean up problem areas within local communities to improve outdoor spaces. The project has also helped the group attract new members and offered the opportunity for people to make new friends and help out in their community, which has a positive impact on wellbeing. The activity also helps the environment and wildlife to thrive. Tracey Clifford, leader of the group stated "Members say how much they enjoy their time with the group, being out in the fresh air, doing exercise, making new friends and also helping the environment".  The project helps communities address local issues and concerns, enables local action by empowering and supporting local volunteers and organisations, and ensures a clean, green environment. 

Ridgeway WI group 

Last year the Ridgeway WI group were successful in applying for a £500 Community Action Grant to purchase IT equipment to support hybrid WI meetings events and campaigns via Zoom. The group's aim was to allow members to join remotely and to invite a range of diverse, high-profile speakers from other parts of the country, which would not have been accessible without the benefit of the equipment. A couple of the members stated, "A big thank you to all the committee for everything you have all done for us during this terrible year.” and “As things are now at home I cannot get to the meetings but still like to hear all the news on Zoom and Email." The project helps communities address local issues and concerns, improves wellbeing and enables local action by empowering and supporting local volunteers and organisations.