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With the first round of YCYC now closed, we’ve been carrying out a survey to find out whether YCYC is a good way to deliver community funding, having partnered with Cardiff University to help us find out more. With the survey closing on 30th April, it's your last chance to get involved. We’d really appreciate a few minutes of your time to fill it in, here’s the link: https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/your-community-your-choice-feedback-survey.

Cardiff will also be doing further interviews to explore how YCYC was implemented and if it can be improved. If you are happy for them to get in touch please let us know at community.development@sovereign.org.uk and we can pass your contact details to the researcher who can provide you with further information.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to get involved!

Categories: Announcement, posted on 8 Apr 2021

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Twenty-one groups, charities and individuals put in a bid to try and win up to £10,000 funding from housing association Sovereign during the winter lockdown.

With ideas coming from across the town, each of the projects was put to the public to decide which should win their share of the £40,000 cash.

More than 200 people gave the ultimate thumbs up to six different projects in an X-Factor-style vote, run via digital platform VocalEyes.

Once the votes had all been counted, an independent panel then shared out the funding with the four projects that got the most votes being allocated the money.

The most popular project, with 101 votes, was for **Thameside Primary School** to invest in creating a new garden to boost the physical, emotional and mental health of the school community. With £10,000 of funding, we know that this school serves many of our younger residents, and that this transformed outside space will get plenty of use.

A further £10,000 will go to another outdoor gem – the **Larkmead allotment project**, which had 56 votes, will enable many young people in Abingdon to take part in planting, growing, and using fresh produce in their cooking.

At **Fountain Court **- one of our schemes for older people – a grant of £10,000 gained 29 votes and will have a great impact on this community. Covid-19 has highlighted how important garden spaces are to those who are isolated, and we hope revamping this space for older people will bring benefits to those that live here.

Finally, we’re also funding a **green roof cycle shed**, an idea that attracted 26 votes. We’ll provide £10,000 towards a large cycle shed for our residents in North Abingdon, to provide safe and accessible storage, and help the planet at the same time.

Jenny Bowley, Community Development Officer for Oxfordshire, said: “Your Community Your Choice has sparked some amazing ideas and conversations about our outside spaces. It has been inspiring to see how passionate Abingdon has been about their community.

“The way participatory budgeting works is great, it enables communities to take action on the things that really matter to them. I hope we will see lots more projects run by our residents to improve the outdoor spaces they use.”

We’re expanding our Your Community Your Choice programme to the other areas across our geography later in the year.

For more information about Your Community Your Choice, or accessing Sovereign funding, get in touch with our communities team community.development@sovereign.org.uk

Categories: Announcement, posted on 8 Apr 2021

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Fifteen groups, charities and individuals put in a bid to try and win up to £20,000 funding from housing association Sovereign during the winter lockdown.

With ideas coming from across Bristol, each of the projects was put to the public to decide which should win their share of the cash.

The X-Factor-style vote, run via digital platform VocalEyes, saw more than 900 people giving the thumbs up to six different projects.

An independent panel then shared out the funding once the votes had all been counted, with the six projects that got the most votes being allocated the money.

Daisy Mummery, Community Development Officer for Sovereign, said: “Putting the Your Community, Your Choice project online meant that our customers and the community around them could have a real say about the places that they live and the things that matter to them, despite lockdown restrictions. It offered hope of better things to come.

“It’s also great to see that so many of the projects focus on wellbeing and living a greener lifestyle.”

Sovereign is also pulling its supply chain partners into the process, ensuring that maximum social value is squeezed into new ventures.

The six projects receiving funding are:

**Fat Dad’s Community Kitchen**, with 352 votes was awarded £10,000 to convert an American school bus into a community kitchen. The bus will provide a safe space for meaningful conversation, sharing, skills development and training all while enjoying food cooked and served from the bus.

**The Oat Float**, a new zero waste shop on wheels received 277 votes and £5,000. Sam Holland and Renwar Karim, both 18, and 47-year-old Anna Raphael are kitting out a 1974 milk float with gravity dispensers filled with cupboard essentials including rice, pasta, lentils, dried fruits and nuts.

**Share Bristol** took home £5,000 for a ‘Library of Things’ after pulling in 183 votes. The shop will be a place where people can donate, volunteer and repair, whether i­­t’s a drill for a DIY project, a tent for a low cost family holiday or a chocolate fountain for a party.

**Halston Drive Community Garden** will be created by community group Wild in St Pauls, following a fantastic £5,000 funding and 138 votes. Currently the space is unused, so the aim of the project is to convert it into productive and attractive space where different generations can meet to connect with nature, learn to grow food and promote wildlife. This will help the community, particularly helping people without gardens have the freedom to do their daily exercise and be outside safely.

**Square Food Foundation** an organisation currently delivering to 180 families per week were awarded £5,000 to extend their virtual cooking club into Sovereign communities, after receiving 83 votes. The project will provide weekly DIY meal kits to Sovereign residents which includes a pack of pre-weighed and measured ingredients, a recipe and cook-a-long video tutorial presented by one of Square Food’s cookery teachers.

Finally, Sovereign residents living in **Ashley Court **will enjoy raised beds, a patio and benches for the whole community to enjoy, thanks to 53 votes and £10,000 – with work to be carried out in partnership with Jeff Way Construction.



For more information about Your Community Your Choice, or accessing Sovereign funding, get in touch with our communities team community.development@sovereign.org.uk

Categories: Announcement, posted on 8 Apr 2021

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With the first round of YCYC now closed, we’re carrying out a survey to find out whether YCYC is a good way to deliver community funding, and we’ve partnered with Cardiff University to help us find out more. Cardiff University has created this questionnaire and we’d really appreciate a few minutes of your time to fill it in, here’s the link: https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/your-community-your-choice-feedback-survey.

Cardiff will also be doing further interviews to explore how YCYC was implemented and if it can be improved. If you are happy for them to get in touch please let us know at community.development@sovereign.org.uk and we can pass your contact details to the researcher who can provide you with further information.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to get involved!

Categories: Announcement, posted on 18 Mar 2021

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With the first round of YCYC now closed, we’re carrying out a survey to find out whether YCYC is a good way to deliver community funding, and we’ve partnered with Cardiff University to help us find out more. Cardiff University has created this questionnaire and we’d really appreciate a few minutes of your time to fill it in, here’s the link: https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/your-community-your-choice-feedback-survey.

Cardiff will also be doing further interviews to explore how YCYC was implemented and if it can be improved. If you are happy for them to get in touch please let us know at community.development@sovereign.org.uk and we can pass your contact details to the researcher who can provide you with further information.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to get involved!

Categories: Announcement, posted on 18 Mar 2021

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