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St Mary’s Local Conversation

 

In 2015 West Itchen Community Trust secured funding of £364,496 from People’s Health Trust, HealthShape and The Health Lottery for the Local Conversation in St Mary’s, Albion Towers, Golden Grove and Kingsland to run over the next three years.

 

Since then local residents have identified a number of priorities including bringing the community together, a community small grants fund and improving social spaces.

 

Results of the initial engagement survey and priorities:

Community top 5 priorities St Marys and St Marys Resident Survey – list of priorities

Community Listening Report – October 2017

 

Community Organiser and lead liaison for the local conversation Alex Ivancevic said:

 

“Our work with local people is about restoring and rebuilding social connections and relationships and building upon people’s renewed sense of pride in their neighbourhood. It’s about building collective power and capacity to take action and take responsibility for their environment and their lives.”

 

 

Chair Exercise St Marys school

See  Local Conversation News Oct17 and more photos here.

 

Want to know where we are working?

 

The St Marys Local Conversation includes Albion Towers, Golden Grove and Kingsland.

 

See the St Marys Local Conversation Area Map here:  St Marys Local Conversation Area – Map

 

Participating groups include:

  • The Football Academy (photo below)
  • Taekwondo sessions
  • Ladies only swimming sessions
  • Chair exercises at Golden Grove (photo above)
  • St Mary’s Lunch Club

To get involved, contact Alex Ivancevic on 023 8038 8580 or at alex@wict.co.uk

 

Northam Youth Football Club

 

 

Grants

 

People’s Health Trust grants are supporting many new activities in St Mary’s, Albion Towers, Golden Grove & Kingsland and are available NOW to develop new ideas into actual groups or activities.

 

Awarded through the Peoples Health Trust’s Local Conversation programme, which involves supporting residents to take control of the design, development and delivery of the local initiatives by developing a shared vision for their community, this grant fund forms part of a wider plan to improve the area so that the St Marys area becomes a better place to grow, live and work.

 

Grants awarded each year will vary between ÂŁ100 minimum and ÂŁ5000 maximum. Projects must be able to demonstrate a high level of social return, and added value for the local area and community. Grants awarded will vary.

 

Three priority categories were identified during our local conversation and are agreed as priority for this year:

  • Grass root activities that bring communities together.
  • Capacity building. Building on what’s working well 
  • Improved community space to meet and do things

 

Further information is available here- St Marys grant fund poster and here – WICT Criteria & Guidance st marys 2016-17

 

Make your application using WICT ST MARYS Grant Application Form (002) and WICT Financial Sheet Grant Form St Marys.  Both forms should be submitted together.

 

Community Feedback

 

West Itchen Community Trust is committed to providing high quality services. Our members, voluntary organisations, individuals and communities play a valuable role in supporting us to deliver a vibrant community.

 

We are committed to providing our users with a quality service and to continuously improving those services but we realise that there are times when we don’t always succeed.

 

If you are unhappy about the services that we provide to you we want to hear about it – without your feedback we cannot improve.

 

Email us your ideas or suggestions on info@wict.co.uk or download our Complaints Procedure here.

 

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