Last Christmastime Honicknowle Youth Centre in Plymouth received a very special festive makeover thanks to the drive and efforts of its resident young women’s group.
The members, who meet weekly at the Centre to get involved with positive community projects, wanted to concentrate their focus on holding a Christmas event that was inclusive to all families in the community.
They told us “The Christmas Fair enables people to socialise, have fun with their family and friends without massive cost to them. We don’t want anyone to feel isolated.”
And a small grant awarded by DCF was used so well it enabled them to do just that, with bells on! £500 from the Community Grants fund was spread far enough to not only to decorate the Youth Centre and create a Santa’s Grotto but also to provide festive activities and refreshments.
With the help of their Youth Workers the young people were hands on, budgeting for the event and even going as far as to help prepare a warming homemade soup.
A single parent with 3 children under the age of 10 years old thanked all the team and staff as she was worried about her children missing out during the Christmas period due to lack of finances. She was able to have photos in Santa’s Grotto with all her children, who then received gifts. She also enjoyed being able to spend time making Christmas gifts with her family. She felt part of the community and not excluded due to lack of money.
The event was successful and one they hope to repeat. It gave the young ladies involved an opportunity to learn new skills and grow their confidence and self-esteem, as well as providing a means to encourage intergenerational activities, reduce social isolation and generate some seasonal Community Spirit!
The Community Grants fund is made up of returns on investment of various funds together with donations received throughout the year. Its aim is support community organisations providing a positive difference to lives within Devon Community Foundations 9 thriving community themes.
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