We’ve had an overwhelming response to our recent request for community project nominations. Thank you to everyone who got in touch with Woodhart to put forward local groups that need help with repairs, building works and maintenance issues.
We now have the difficult task of deciding who to help. We’ve had some great suggestions of really worthwhile projects that provide essential support to the community and facilities that people have come to rely on. Among the many suggestions include:
- Patcham Infant School pool which has been threatened with closure due to maintenance issues, particularly its leaking roof. The pool has become a popular facility providing the opportunity for children to learn to swim, a potentially life-saving skill.
- CATS children’s before and after school club have been made homeless. They have been fundraising hard and now have some shipping containers they can use to operate from. The organisation is looking for someone to help transform them into useable spaces.
- 15th Brighton Scout Group have been working towards refurbishing their kitchen and toilet area but need to repair their leaking roof before internal repair works can be done.
- The Crew Club in Whitehawk provides young people with educational, personal and social development opportunities. They need help with outdoor lighting and haven’t been able to use their outdoor space all winter.
- Nautical Training Corps in Hollingbury provides hiking, boating, swimming and deck nights for young people. Their building has a leaking roof which needs repairing.
- Westdene Barn is looking for Barn Buddies to keep this much-needed community space up and running. The space provides a focal point for a variety of actives, social events and engaging activities for local people of all ages.
- Lost Cats Brighton provides a rescue and rehoming service for cats in the local area. They have become homeless themselves now and need to move premises. They are looking for someone to dismantle, reinstate and repair some of the cats’ shelters during the move.
- Men in Sheds is a project for local people to share skills, tools and resources. It enables members to pursue individual and community projects which could include anything from metalworking and bike repairs to tool renovation or model engineering. The project’s premises needs repairing.
- Hertford Junior School has an unused wooden playground shelter that needs converting into an outside classroom. The space will be used for craft and eco activities for the children.
- Friends of Farm Green is a group of mums working hard to clean up a derelict park in Bevendean. They need to repair and restore park equipment, clean up the site and are planning a planting session to enhance the appearance of the area.
- St John the Baptist RC Primary School are looking to build a running track. The children are already running on a daily basis with the aim of building up to running one mile a day. The school has found that running doesn’t just boost fitness in the children but also improves concentration, mental wellbeing and self-esteem.
With so many worthwhile projects it will be very difficult to decide who to choose. We’ll be announcing soon which project we will be supporting so watch this space!