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A Rocha completed the final year of a two year project we funded to provide a Community events coordinator at Minet Country Park with a grant of £32,990. Events offered included; kite making, drawing, food foraging and the great strawberry share. We were particularly impressed by the quality of the monitoring of the project and the report provided. A Rocha gathered feedback from participants to assess what they had learned, whether they would be likely to return to the park and how the events had made them feel. They also created opportunities for people from different backgrounds to engage with each other and exchange ideas. We have asked A Rocha if we can put the report on our website as an example of best practice.

Completed their project to replace an existing damaged asbestos roof with a tiled roof in character with the building and surroundings. HCT provided grant of £30,000 towards the work, but the club was able to complete the work for less than originally envisaged.

A £5,000 grant for part funding of outdoor gym equipment for Uxbridge College helped to provide a fitness trail which is used not only by students but by members of the wider community, including DASH.

Funding of £13,000 from Hillingdon Community Trust enabled Dr Tripletts C of E School to improve and develop a nursery garden to provide an all weather learning environment. The nursery garden now has an exciting and safe soft play area that complies with all of the relevant safety features needed for young children.

“With the re-landscaping we have a larger play area and it is now a welcoming environment with a roadway around the climbing frame and two safe paths leading to it.”

Brian Paul, Dr Tripletts’ Headteacher

In May 2012 HCT made a grant of £50,000 over 3 years to Hillingdon Mind for its ‘Diversity in Mind’ project. This project works with people from the Somali, Tamil, Afghani and Nepalese communities to raise understanding of mental health issues. In its first year it has carried out training for groups from each of those communities in mental health awareness to equip those individuals with skills to recognise members of their community who may need help and understanding and to access services. The training also covers personal mental health issues.

A grant of £21,000 over 3 years will enable the introduction of basic cricket coaching to schools in the south of the Borough.

Over 400 children in the Trust area received cricket coaching in the first year of the project.

Hillingdon Community Trust approved a grant of £2,000 to St Matthew’s Church for Talk Time- a drop-in group for people whose first language is not English, to promote speaking, listening and social skills. The aim of the project was to contribute to community cohesion by providing a place where people of different nationalities and backgrounds living in the Yiewsley and West Drayton area can come together to practice their spoken English and to make friends.

Outline Theatre, based at Yiewsley, received a grant of £8,000 from Hillingdon Community Trust to employ a director for Outline Theatre, a community theatre group that has over 50 local members. The grant enabled the group to do 10 performances over a year. The grant has enabled Outline to provide an important creative and social hub in the heart of the community, working to build confidence, skills and teamwork of its members.

Audience comments included, ‘great culture, climate and company,’ ‘... in a word, brilliant. Lovely day, great people. The mainly young cast can put on a great show.’

Hillingdon Community Trust is part funding Hillingdon Play Association to run a new project which encourages local people to sign up to become 'play ambassadors'. The Volunteering in Play scheme, provides a programme of up to six weeks’ training, during which participants learn the benefits of the different types of play and are then encouraged to spread the message in their neighbourhoods.

The Trust funded Stockley Academy to run an outdoor education programme for students.  Students attend team-building activities over one day at school and some are later selected for outward bound trips to Derbyshire and for Snowdon.  Since introducing the programme, Stockley has seen marked improvements in attendance and behaviour in the students participating.

“Overall these trips have been invaluable to our students, many of our students have never left the borough so being able to offer trips that present so many new opportunities and skills is a life changing experience.  We have seen such a change in our students, their confidence and self-esteem has risen and the students who before were very quiet and would often go through the day unnoticed are now a lot more engaged with school life.”

Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator at Stockley, Louise du Plessis

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