Your Community First Panel
IMPORTANT NOTICE -Celebration and funding event
Following the success of the Wheatley Festival WACUP will be hosting a celebration and funding event on September the 10th. We invite all groups who took part in the Wheatley Festival to attend and to share their highlights and other groups who would like funding to attend too.
If your group hasn’t yet but would like to receive funding this year it is important you attend a meeting at the Ukrainian Club (Beckett Road) on the 10th September at 7:00PM. Here the Partnership will give details of the focus for funding for the rest of 2014.
The closing date for new applications will be the 30th of September. Successful applications will probably receive the money in November and it must be spent by the end of February 2015
Community First Panels in Wheatley are made up of local people who have local knowledge and interest in how to improve the quality of life for residents. The priorities for the grants have been identified in the Area Plan for Wheatley. See Area Plan
In September 2012, Doncaster Council’s Central Area Team commenced their formal consultation on producing an Area Plan for Wheatley Ward. Informal consultation commenced in August 2011 when neighbourhood officers conducted street consultation by knocking at peoples houses to chat to them about the area, what they liked and what they wanted to see improved. The findings of this informal consultation were presented to a range of stakeholders who attended the formal consultation meeting in September 2012 with Wheatley Area Community Partnership. Over 50 local residents, community groups, local service providers and faith groups attended the first meeting and the following 8 meetings where they discussed each of the priorities in turn, and agreed what the key activities and projects were that would address the priority and improve the health, happiness and well being of residents in Wheatley.
How to apply for funding and Important Dates
The application form and guidance can be downloaded from this site. In 2012, we held a series of informal drop ins to raise awareness of the Community First Funding – This year the drop in is at the Ukrainian Club on the 10th September at 7:00pm 2014.
We are really keen to ensure every group in Wheatley is aware of the funding and is able to complete an application form. If you are a new group, or unsure about how to complete the form then help is available. Please contact Rachael Blake at Rachael.firstname.lastname@example.org or Andy West on email@example.com.
If you live or work in the Wheatley ward and would like to apply to become a Community First grant panel member please contact us.
The Panel will consider all applications for funds to see that they match our Priorities. The Panel’s aim is to promote local new and existing groups to improve the neighborhoods of the Wheatley ward for everyone. The panel meets at least once a year to consider applications. Should funding not be fully allocated this will be made known and further applications encouraged. Please keep checking this website for updated information.
Applications for the remaining funding for year 4 will be considered after the meeting on the First 10th September. Download application forms and guidelines from this site and return to WACUP by post or email by the 30th September 2014. Please ensure you have consulted the Partnership to understand the focus for this year before applying.
The Community First Panel comprises local elected members and representatives of voluntary groups in Wheatley Ward.
The current members of the panel are
Cllrs Eva Hughes; Moira Hood
Mavis Williams from Community Action Network
Rev Andy West representing Wheatley Churches
Rev Ian Rutherford from WACUP
Rachael Blake from WACUP
The projects we have Recommended to date:
The Wheatley Festival which was organised in partnership with the Ukrainian and German Societies, St Andrews Church, Eden Network, T-Light, Roots Music, T-Light Ministry and Doncaster Amateur players.
As you will see from the list of groups below, Community First Funding has been secured by a range of very different groups
Doncaster Amateur Players
Funding was provided to enable the group to take a production of George’s Marvellous Medicine into schools and youth groups and have a production for the community at the Ukrainian Club
Wheatley Hills Tennis Club
Funding was provided for Tiny Tennis which will deliver tennis coaching at two local primary schools and the MUGA on Beckett Road
Friends of Sandall Park
Funding was provided to upgrade an existing community facility and bring back into use a community room for local older people, as well as providing a community facility for local community groups
Wheatley Community Action Network
Funding was provided to run a keep fit class with a qualified instructor for local older people
Funding was provided to the Centre to enhance their facilities to enable groups to use the centre for productions, activities etc – it is at the heart of the Lower Wheatley Community and offers a safe and welcoming community space
Jubilee Road Neighbourhood Watch
Funding was provided to this newly formed community group to provide a range of activities for all residents on theirs and the neighbouring streets to bring different communities together, improve the look of the area and set up a good neighbour scheme
St Andrew Church
Funding was provided to St Andrews Church to fun an International Evening to celebrate the diversity of the area, bring different communities together and enjoy food from around the world
Clay Lane Estate Partnership
Funding was provided to the only community group in the Clay Lane area to provide gentle exercise classes, coffee mornings to reduce social isolation and an afternoon bingo session
Doncaster Wheatley Hills Senior Citizens Association
Funding was provided to enhance the fortnightly gatherings at the club, through funding for speakers and room hire, providing more opportunities for senior citizens to meet and enhance their well being
Friends of Wheatley Library
Funding has been provided for computers and WiFi to help provide job search facilities and internet access for local residents..