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Supporting our local communities

Blackpool Coastal Housing

The Tenants Project Fund (TPF) supports projects that genuinely make a difference to the lives of our customers and the neighbourhoods in which they live. Here are just some examples of how the TPF has supported our communities over the past 12 months, and will continue to do so going forward.

The Freedom Centre

2 images of the cafe at Freedom Centre
Following successfully securing £10,000 from the TPF, the Freedom Centre has been hard at work renovating the internal church space on Mereside. A full kitchen refurb has been carried out, enabling the Freedom Church to provide café facilities to the local community. They have recruited and trained 12 Kitchen volunteers, all from the local community. All volunteers receive Food Hygiene and Manual Handling training and certificates and qualifications. The centre is also used to provide a variety of community services, with between 100-150 customers visiting each week.
Photo of an outside noticeboard and 2 photos of kitchen equipment
The Freedom Centre also received £6,780.55 funding to further upgrade the kitchen, which has helped the staff become even more efficient in preparing and serving food. This funding was also used to purchase a new external noticeboard, which is helping to attract new people.

Skool of Street

3 photos of young people doing various activities
Skool of Street received £9,980 for their ‘MOVE-MATICS’ project, which provided a year-long acrobatic & parkour programme for young people aged 11-16yrs, at no cost to the families. The project successfully engaged 28 young people, of which 19 were from BCH households. Parents of some of the children stated they felt at ease knowing their children were in a safe supportive, positive environment meeting new people.

Last Legs

£4,000 was provided to Last legs, a community arts organisation for their ‘Home is where the HeArt is’ project. They will hold a series of creative workshops focusing on art activities that support people living in our emergency housing accommodation and in isolation to find new skills or use and promote current skills to build self esteem, healthy mental well being and encourage positive community engagement.

Molyneux Drive Friends and Neighbours

Molyneux Drive Friends and Neighbours received £150 towards their 2021 Christmas party. This event was the first time many residents in the local area had had the opportunity to meet up face to face with neighbours and friends since the pandemic started.

Blackpool Coastal Housing’s (BCH) More Positive Together Service

Blackpool Coastal Housing’s (BCH) More Positive Together Service received £8,377.21 which was used to provide counselling sessions for our customers delivered in partnership with Counselling in the Community.

BCH Housing Support Service

Pictures of a Jubilee party and party food
BCH Housing Support Service received £496.49 to hold a series of Jubilee celebration events across 5 of our Community Centres in June to mark the Queens Platinum Jubilee. Approximately 120 residents attended.

The 'Friends of Grange' group

3 photos of a Christmas parade. The image has a decorative boarder
The ‘Friends of Grange’ group were awarded £7,000 for their Grange Park Christmas parade (Miracle on Dinmore Avenue) project. Working with Handmade Parade of Hebden Bridge, a series of community workshops were held at @theGrange, where participants made headwear, costumes and lanterns for use during the Christmas parade held in Dec 21.

BCH Neighbourhoods Service

An artists impression of a community garden project
BCH Neighbourhoods Service were granted £9,996.30 for a Hobart Place community garden project. The project aims to develop a sustainable community garden, including accessible raised planters and benches, for local residents to use. The works will be carried out in partnership with ROC (Redeeming Our Communities).

Friends of Highfield Park

photo of playground climbing equipment and a graphic of children
Friends of Highfield Park received £10,000 toward their ‘Aim for the Top!’ park regeneration project, allowing them to purchase a state of the art climbing frame for all children in the community to use. The climbing frame is already proving to be very popular with the younger residents!
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