Community Connect – Previous Winners

OGM 2023

Eden Valley Players produce and perform plays and community events including the Annual Christmas Pantomime in and around the Eden Valley.

Our group brings together people from all backgrounds, ages, and abilities within the community. We encourage acceptance and comradeship. We are a subscription free group where members join to perform, work backstage, play live music, paint, and build scenery or work as part of the technical team in a safe, community-based environment.

All funds received will go towards future productions/events and developing the EVP Juniors, a new section of the group focused on the youth within the community.

Weardale Together aim to create, collaborate, animate and utilise the spaces and facilities within our community, to improve wellbeing and quality of life for residents of Weardale.

The funding will pay for a series of workshops, activities and talks in November and December 2023 leading up to an event in January 2024 to celebrate Wassailing.

The final event will be hosted in St Thomas’ Church Hall and garden where the Lakes & Dales funded orchard is planted. It will include music, singing, dancing and the sharing of drink from the communal hand made wassail bowl. A map and information of all the orchards of Weardale will be created and be on display, made from all the information gathered and shared throughout the workshops.

The Seaton Delaval Welcome Café offers nutritious food twice a week in a warm and friendly environment to the people of Seaton Valley, which is not based on their ability to pay, and which is sustainable in the long term. They work in a non-judgmental way, where everyone is welcomed and respected

The award would enable them to offer a Healthy Cooking and Eating course to our customers, as well as expand the range of food we are able to offer, including special events at Christmas, Easter, Hallowe’en and Valentines Day

Ordinary General Meeting – October 2022

123 Help 4 Familys were awarded £5,000 while Lake District Mobility and Seaton Delaval Food Hub both received £2,000.

123 Help 4 Familys

123 Help 4 Familys aim to support those families in time of major crisis and need. They are relatively new group, but it has already helped 100s of vulnerable people, mainly young families and ex-service personnel as well as work with the local children’s safeguarding team. They collect donations and free or unwanted goods which can help in the most desperate of times. Also, they run an annual Christmas appeal so that children, adults and the elderly who have fallen on hard times can get a Christmas lunch and gifts. Funding will be put toward the purchase of a dedicated vehicle which will allow the group to response quicker to families and collect more donations.

Lake District Mobility

Lake District Mobility exists to break down the barriers that prevent people with limited mobility enjoying the great outdoors either independently or with their friends and family. One of the main ways they do this by providing all-terrain “Tramper” scooters in venues around the Lake District and beyond, giving people with restricted mobility the chance to experience the beautiful lakes, fells, and forests. They also assess locations for accessibility and offer advice to make the outdoors accessible to all. Funding will go towards the purchase of a new “Tramper” at a new venue in the Lake District.

Seaton Delaval Food Hub

Seaton Delaval Food Hub was set up in November 2020 to alleviate food poverty locally as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. The Hub operates a weekly drop-in session, run by a team of volunteers, for anyone in the local area that needs to access food. The produce on offer is open to everyone free of charge with referrals not required. They have seen a huge increase in people accessing the Hub over the last 12 months. It provides a vital service to those people who live locally who are finding it hard to make ends meet as the cost-of-living crisis continues to squeeze household budgets. Funding will be spent on purchasing more fresh produce and has the potential to help start a free coffee morning as part of the Hub.