Projects approved for funding for 2014-2015

The following projects have been successful in their applications:

Woodcraft Folk  (Wakiki Venturers group)

Woodcraft Folk Mural: Woodcraft Folk have a long history in Waltham Forest and particularly in the Hoe Street Ward.

The current crop of 13 -15 year olds (Venturers) want to celebrate this history and let the world (well at least Walthamstow) know that Woodcraft exists and continues to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for young people to work collaboratively for the good of their local community.  The young people in the group want to create a mural that celebrates Woodcraft values of co operation and inclusion and the rich and long history of Woodcraft in Waltham Forest.  We propose to work with a professional mural artist to create a mural in Wingfield park.

The content of the mural will be determined by the young people in the group. This will be facilitated by a professional artist supported by parents.  The young people will also make a film to document the process.

Shapeshifter Productions

Smiling Sessions: A participatory programme of music, aiming to improve health and wellbeing of older people living in social housing in sheltered accommodation managed by Ascham Homes, located in and in near proximity of the Hoe street ward, namely Pelly Court, Goddard House, Holmcroft House, Lime Court, Longfield House.

Working in partnership with Ascham Homes Community Development and Participation team, and learning from our previous work and evaluation of past programmes, we will deliver a new series of ten ‘Smiling Sessions’ for benefits of older residents who live independently in sheltered housing but have some support needs. LB Waltham Forest criteria for sheltered housing prioritises older people who are disabled or have long term health problems, who live in unsuitable homes and who are socially isolated.  Engaging older residents, many of whom are at risk of social exclusion appears high on the agenda of Ascham Homes, hence this partnership project.

The Asian Centre Waltham Forest

Village Youth Talent Show – We would like to encourage and empower local young people to showcase their talent through a Youth Talent Show.  The Youth Club has already developed an Organising Committee.  The project will start with meetings as way of engaging young people and identifying a group of committed adults and young people for the project.  It would be delivered over 4 months from April till August 2014, from planning stage to completion.  The Talent Show will encourage members of our Youth Club to take responsibility in organising a community event that encourages local young people to showcase their talents and hence increase their self confidence.  The Talent Show will directly benefit 5 young people and 5 adults who will be very heavily involved in planning and organising the event.  Additionally 12 different Acts (groups or single) who perform at the Talent Show will also benefit.  Furthermore, an audience of 160 people will benefit from entertainment provided by the Talent show. The whole Talent Show will last 2 hours, from 7pm-9pm.

 Waltham Forest CAB

Volunteer Project: The project recruits, trains and supports volunteers so that they can advise and help clients who visit the CAB with their problems, face to face or over the phone.

We aim to actively recruit volunteers who are residents of Waltham Forest and will also target young people to join the training programme.  Six of our current volunteers are 20 – 25 yrs.  The funding will support the project by providing desperately needed computers. This would also represent an on-going investment in the project and help to sustain it.

The project aims to support vulnerable people in the ward as well as the wider borough, whilst at the same time encouraging self-empowerment. It also aims to support young people who live in Waltham Forest with work experience based on structured learning and the opportunity for a reference to new employers from a respected organisation.

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