We have a passion to transform the lives of young people by giving them an opportunity to make memories and challenging them to see their full potential. As part of our project, we run residential trips, one each school term. Including an extra trip in the summer holidays. However, the disadvantage of these trips is that they can become a financial burden for some families, due to the cost of living crisis this has become more apparent for even more families, so we would like to gather funding to help relieve the financial burdens, allowing all young people to attend.
We created a free resource assisting families in identifying possible extra funding (grants for Equipment, Essential items, Educational aids, Day trips or short breaks) to help with the extra costs associated with having a disabled child. We are now receiving 2 or 3 requests every day from families asking for help with making applications either for specific grants or with help with DLA and PIP’s. We want to set aside 1 day a week of time for our workers to sit alongside each family to help them secure the extra money needed. Our success to date with applications is 95%
Our evidence reveals that levels of financial capability in the UK are low. Therefore, by providing enhanced financial capability skills, awareness of energy efficiency, housing rights/responsibilities and tips on tackling the cost-of-living issues, we aim to prevent people from getting into debt and improve their mental health.
Funding will help develop free easy-read resources, available in printed and online versions, that everyone can use. We also aim to deliver free workshops for 6 organisations working with disadvantaged groups. Easy-to-digest sessions within these workshops will especially target young people and individuals with learning disabilities or English as an additional language.
6 core activities – open to everyone, participants can join weekly workshops to address any of the challenges they face during the cost of living crisis.
Parental Support (Messy Munchkins sessions)
Employment & Careers Advice
Driven by participant input, we will have an adaptable delivery. We have our own premises but also use community facilities to ensure accessibility across Plymouth.
Delivering for over 10 years, with a proven track record. We have a strong membership and following. Workshops have recently finished through cessation of funding. We have a list of EOI’s which shows the ongoing need.
The best way to watch a film is to make it an event and see it on the big screen, with an audience. We don’t want people to break the habit of coming to the cinema because they can no longer afford it. We introduced a £4 Budget price (full price £9) in a trial from 1/10/22 to 31/1/23. We sold 241 Budget tickets and welcomed 58 first-time visitors to the cinema. Plymouth Live named PAC as one of Plymouth’s kindest businesses for this initiative. We’d love the chance to make it a permanent offer and develop it further.
Funds acquired will be used to implement our new innovative program which is underpinned by nourishing and educating children and families about the importance of ‘not just’ consuming the five recommended fruit and vegetables a day, and will be delivered through primarily non- referral foodbanks to target the cost of living crisis & holiday hunger including the stigma.
Moreover, the program consists of the promotion of the other five core messages and ‘promoting immunity in the community’ (see below)
1. Hand washing
2. Mental health
5. Climate change (the 5 Rs)
We would like to deliver a range of practical activities on a weekly basis that not only support people to save money but also support the reduction of social isolation and loneliness.
Activities will include:- how to sew a draught excluder, Slow Cooker sessions, How to reduce food waste, A clothes swap and others .
We have engaged with the local community at our Wellbeing and warm hub and these are some of the activities they feel would be benefit them.
We will run activities on a rotational basis and change/amend activities in line with community wants and needs.
Livewell Southwest’s Wellbeing Team and Food is Fun CIC to coordinate and facilitate a series of community engagement events to support local communities with healthy lifestyle behaviours under the constraints of the cost of living crisis. This will be a roadshow event style and will take place in different communities across the city. The most deprived communities will be targeted based on local knowledge and according to the indices of multiple deprivation (IMD).
Food is Fun CIC will provide slow cookery workshops. The Wellbeing Team will use this opportunity to offer brief behaviour change interventions for those in attendance.
TPT seeks funding for this year’s Feast of Fun programme. Benefitting children are known to churches and identified at risk of hunger without this provision. TPT has a 5-year proven record of church collaboration to provide this programme, which typically offers free, safe and local activities incl. meals for all children attending.
Churches provide venues, volunteers, activities and support so the meals are the only cost. TPT have secured part funding to provide approx. 8000 meals for children in 2023 and have a shortfall of £1.25 per child to provide hot nutritious meals via Plymouth’s Feast of Fun provision.
Our need is working with people not for them and to ensure support is proportionate.
We have found the following useful:
Having an Emergency Fund where visitors can access provisions at a local shop
Providing Advice and Support
Sharing information at awareness events – a one stop shop
Paid advertising to reach as many people as possible.
Work with existing partnerships e.g. JarSquad learning to turn surplus food into meals
Upskilling the community by providing training on food hygiene so visitors can make nutritious meals for the community using items from our food larder.
What’s next Stoke?