Tenants Project Fund update

The Tenants Project Fund, or TPF as it’s also known, was created to support projects that make a positive difference to our customers’ lives and local communities. We’ve had a busy few months funding a variety of fabulous projects – both large grants up to £10000 and smaller grants of £500 or less – along with finding out how previously funded projects have been getting on. Read on to find out more…. Skool of Street received £4,000 to hold a series of workshops aimed at young people aged between 12 and 18. Workshops are held in the Revoe area and include urban arts, music production, song writing and video production. These sessions offer support for team building, increases in self confidence, help build social skills, help prevent anti-social behaviour, reduce stress and give young people an all round sense of well being & inclusiveness. Visit the Skool of Street Facebook page to find out more Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) received £10,000 to go towards their ROC Garden Transformations project. This scheme will provide up to 60 garden transformations to BCH residents who can’t maintain their garden through ill health and also offer work placement opportunities for up to 20 BCH customers. Check out their facebook page for more info here. Blackpool Council’s Community Safety Team received £500 to go towards their 2018 Christmas Crime Prevention scheme, which involved providing safety information to Blackpool residents, along with offering various personal safety equipment to those that require it. Last Legs received £3,120 to continue to run their ‘Onwards and Upwards’ arts project. This project provides residents within our hostels the opportunity to attend creative art sessions. These sessions help to tackle the loneliness, isolation and social stigma that can affect people when they become homeless and provide a new and positive focus to individuals experiencing homelessness.  For more information on Last Legs click here. Our Supported Housing team received £498.11 to run a weekly breakfast club at our Dunsop Court Community Centre, providing local residents with the opportunity to socialise with their neighbours over a brew and bacon butty. The team also received £500 to hold a series of therapeutic gardening workshops at Lowmoor Community Centre. The project ‘Grow More @ Lowmoor’ will be run in partnership with Urban Organics and will focus on creating beautiful hanging baskets and learning how to grow fresh fruit and vegetables. For more information on these activities, or if you have an idea for an activity in your local community, call our Community Activities Coordinator, Debbie on 01253 350253/07483 172448 or email debbie.kerr@bch.co.uk Blackpool Boys and Girls Club were awarded £4,932.72 to help support their ongoing ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing’ youth work project. This service provides support and improves the emotional wellbeing, along with the physical and mental health, of young people aged between 8 and 24. For more info visit their website. Counselling in the Community received £8,060 to provide free counselling sessions to our customers, delivered from our Community Centres at Spencer Court and Ibbison Court. These sessions provide our customers with a safe space to explore feelings, be heard, improve self-esteem and self-awareness. To refer into this service, or for more info, click here. HIS Provision @theGrange received £9,098 to provide a taster range of activities for all age groups @theGrange, in the heart of Grange Park.  These sessions help to reduce isolation and build a more united community. Activities include a Slime club, Box Fit for teenagers, afternoon tea dancing, after school games/sports, Sunday lunch, pregnancy relaxation classes, social evenings and more. Visit @theGrange on Facebook to find out more. To find out more about how the Tenants Project Fund, please visit http://www.bch.co.uk/Customers/Volunteer-with-BCH/What-is-the-Tenants-Project-Fund-(TPF).aspx