SCVS is committed to work alongside local organisations, utilising its expertise and knowledge in areas such as funding, training, staffing and financial support systems to enable local projects to achieve a lasting and positive difference within their community.
"We have absolutely loved the community events that Swale CVS has helped to facilitate and we are looking forward to discovering the views of everyone involved in the Big Local project."
Big Local Eastern Sheppey unveils new seating in Eastchurch, Warden Bay and Leysdown
Eastchurch, Warden Bay and Leysdown will each be getting three new benches – all for free.
The wooden seats were unveiled this week following an initiative launched by Big Local Eastern Sheppey, a group set up to oversee £1m of funding for community projects for the east end of the Island.
Members got in touch with HMP Standford Hill to inquire about purchasing benches made by its inmates but instead the prison offered to make them for free.
Sarah Williams of Swale CVS, who is on the Big Local Eastern Sheppey committee, said: “We held consultations in the local area and the community had asked for additional seating and it was the parish councils that decided where the benches will go.”
Other initiatives being planned by the group include street games, such as hopscotch, and a project coordinator is being recruited for the area.
Another scheme still in its infancy is a cycle for hire service.
The third and final round of bids for a community chest, which organisations are able to apply for up to £500 from, ends on May 11.
Email email@example.com or phone 01795 473828 for an application form or more information.
Big Local Eastern Sheppey
SCVS were contracted by the Big Local Eastern Sheppey Working Group to undertake a community engagement project starting in December 2012 that sought local residents' opinions on how they would improve the area that they live in over the next ten years and asking how they would like to see the £1million lottery funding spent.
For nine month a community outreach team visited local groups, local events and delivered consultation material to every house within the three areas of Eastchurch, Leysdown and Warden encouraging local people to get involved and inform us of their opinions. In addition three large community events were held (one in each area), where lots of free fun activities were provided and several engagement tools were utilised.
Over the engagement period almost 21% of the local population got involved with Big Local and a formal partnership was formed to take the process forward.
Currently SCVS are working with the Big Local Eastern Sheppey Working Group to produce a Local Plan with a budget for the year one projects that needs to be agreed by the Local Trust before the funding can be released to begin project delivery.
Swale Community and Voluntary Services are also the Local Trusted Organisation for the Big Local project of Eastern Sheppey.
For more information please contact Sarah Williams on 01795 473828 or firstname.lastname@example.org