We would like to see ideas for projects that help people to overcome some of the disadvantages they face in life such as poor health, unemployment, low income and access to services. There are 20 areas in the city which have higher levels of inequality compared to elsewhere in the city. These are our target communities.
Examples of projects that could be funded under this priority
Job clubs – sessions that support people to gain experience and develop the skills that would help them to get into work where they feel valued and rewarded fairly for their contribution.
Digital Inclusion projects – where people who don’t have their own equipment or need help to make more use of their IT can get the help and support to access information at the same time as meeting others and having fun!
Projects we have funded in recent years
Respect Festival - Exeter’s annual celebration of diversity at Belmont Park where the organisers use the performing and creative arts to engage the wider community in saying no to racism and all forms of prejudice.
The Club – A group in St Thomas was awarded a grant to buy a laptop and printer where volunteers can support people with their upcoming benefits reviews and ongoing applications. The group runs a community hub helping to reduce social isolation for adults with ongoing and severe mental health difficulties.
Wonford and St Pauls (WASP) Project – A community project that run a free 6 week family summer scheme with of a range of activities to suit all ages including crafts, games and adventures, and treasure hunts. The grant paid for the hire of the Community Centre.
St Thomas Together – Residents received a grant to deliver an event to celebrate the cultural diversity of St Thomas, which has increased community cohesion and brought people together. The event included a diverse range of music, dance and food.