Community and environmental projects across the North of England and Scotland were invited to apply for grants of up to £5,000 as part of the TPE Transform fund and the lucky recipients have now been confirmed.
Groundwork North East and Cumbria will receive £4,870 to fund Green Links, an outdoor programme for those with Young Onset Dementia in Thornaby. The Green Links programme focuses on the individuals early journey and allows them to maintain their independence while undertaking fun and relaxing activities. The programme is designed to provide support socially and emotionally during what can be a difficult and isolating time.
In Rawcliffe, York, the Northern Orchards Group has been awarded £3,000 to plant 30 mixed fruit trees as part of a community orchard. Natural habitat locations will also be created by providing nest boxes, bee lodges, insect ‘hotels’ as well as ground cover for small mammals and invertebrates. More than 100 metres of wildflowers will also be planted within a protected area providing opportunities for insect pollination.
YUMI Intercultural York will be awarded £4,599 to equip volunteers from minority backgrounds which the tools and skills needed to grow fruit and vegetables in a community garden. Those involved will devise recipe cards, gain catering qualifications and celebrate their stories with others through pop up festivals and events across York.
Loren Bellwood, Lead Project Officer from Groundwork North East and Cumbria commented: “Groundwork North East and Cumbria are looking forward to developing an exciting new programme that reaches out to those living with Young Onset Dementia in Thornaby. Clients and carers will have the opportunity to make positive changes to their environment as well as their health and wellbeing. We are so excited to start delivery of this project and are positive that this project will make a real difference, supporting people through their Dementia Journey.”
Sara Mair from YUMI York said: “A big thank you from YUMI Intercultural York to TransPennine Express and the Forestry Commission Transform Grants for the opportunity to deliver our project – YUMI Yum! The project will use food to bring people of different ages and cultures in York together to address social isolation and develop skills, supporting people to grow delicious produce at our International Community Garden. Culminating in YUMI Pop up Feastivals – preparing and selling food we have grown at public events across the city during summer 2018. This is a great project that will have a wide community reach, with the potential to make a huge social impact on the lives of people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in York including refugees and migrants.
Iain Peacock, Environment Manager for TransPennine Express commented: “I want to thank everyone that took the time to submit an application and it’s fair to say the standard of submissions was extremely high.
“I’m delighted that so many projects across our local communities are going to benefit from the Transform fund and along with the Forestry Commission, we are really looking forward to seeing how each applicant benefits from our support.”
12 projects in total across the North and Scotland will share in £50,000 worth of Transform funding with the competition taking place on an annual basis.
The scheme is open to community groups, clubs, schools, charities and anyone who allows open access to their land.
Applications were judged by colleagues from TPE and the Forestry Commission with success factors including environmental improvements, impact on the local community and action to reduce social exclusion and youth unemployment, as well as overall positive environmental impact and proximity to the routes the train company serves.