Change the Grange winners announced.
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Care and Support
The Cheshire Police & Crime Commissioner John Dwyer, in partnership with Halton Housing Trust, announced the winners of the ‘Change the Grange’ funding on Thursday 3rd July.
The project, which was announced in January, is a one-off pilot project allowing local residents to decide which local community groups received part of the £30,000 funding. The 16 original applicants submitted bids in which they identified local problems and proposed local community solutions. It is the PCC’s hope that prioritising projects based on resident’s votes will result in a better targeted and more cost effective use of policing resources.
Those living in the Grange estate, most of which is owned and managed by the Trust, received applications in April and were invited to apply. These applications were then voted for by local residents who cast their votes in the hundreds in local shops and at the community centre.
Over 700 votes were cast which resulted in 10 winners. The 10 winning projects covered a wide range of issues and included activities for all ages, helping to ensure that there is a project within the local community to suit everyone. The three projects with the highest votes were Heath Rangers Junior Football Team Soccer School, Funny Onion Lunch club and Grow ‘ur’ Own.
The Trust, along with the PCC, is looking forward to seeing the long term impacts and benefits of the projects. Mark Harvey, Housing Services Manager for the Trust said; ‘It’s been brilliant to see the Grange estate embrace what John Dwyer and the Trust are trying to achieve in the local community. We were surprised by the number of applications and were overwhelmed with the number of people who voted. It’s our hope that by facilitating this funding for local community groups, we’ll see a very positive and long term impact from the projects. The top ten featured a range of groups which cater for a wide variety of ages and provided services for a wide range of interests, there should be something for everyone. We’re very grateful to both the PCC and the local community for ensuring this pilot project was such a success.’
A second round of funding for ‘Change the Grange’ will be available in September.