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Christmas cheer for Noel Park residents


Published by Anonymous for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Communities

Residents and their children enjoying the Christmas lucky dip Residents and their children enjoying the Christmas lucky dip

Page High residents in Noel Park enjoyed seasonal food and festive fun with their neighbours, thanks to an early Christmas present from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas fund.

The community fun day, organised and funded in partnership with Sanctuary Housing and the Noel Park Big Local project, gave residents the opportunity to get together and have their say on neighbourhood improvements. As a thank you, those who filled out a survey were treated to a free, festive lunch.

At the event, children had fun with a lucky dip and games and residents had the opportunity to learn more about their local area from staff at Sanctuary Housing, Noel Park Children’s Centre, ecoACTIVE, the Noel Park Big Local project, Filling the Gap community café and a Haringey Health Trainer.

Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood challenge project officer, said: “Resident feedback told us that the Page High community wanted a local fun day. This was a perfect opportunity to fulfil that wish, as well as receiving residents’ views on what improvements could be made to the neighbourhood.

“A great time was had by all and Christmas was a lovely time to get the community together.”

The Noel Park Big Local project is one of many community groups across England to benefit from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund.  Now in its third year, the fund offers up to £1,000 to groups that need financial support to help deliver activities within their local community for the benefit of local residents.

Rob Pearce from the Noel Park Big Local project, added: “We are very grateful to Sanctuary for helping us to raise awareness of lottery funding that was awarded to local residents.

“We need the community to help shape the improvements that will be made to the area over the next 10 years. The event was a great way of talking to residents and informing them of plans made so far.”

The Grand Ideas Fund is open for applications from charities, resident groups and voluntary organisations.

The fund is designed to support as wide a variety of projects as possible – from youth activities to the improvement of community facilities.

For details on how to apply, contact the Sanctuary’s  Community Investment team on 01905 334271, or visit



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