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Kiln Court communal garden improvement project
**Project proposal:**

Kiln Court is a supported accommodation property, containing eight self-contained flats. Our residents are all males who have experienced homelessness in the past, and as a result work with us in their recovery from addiction and mental health.
The main word that I would use to describe Kiln Court is ‘potential’. Central to this is the opportunity to build more of a sense of community in the building. The outdoor space includes a garden that is 50ft by 22ft; this space is the focal point of our proposal.
Following discussions with Kiln Court residents, the proposed improvements are:
* To replace the fencing at the front of Kiln Court
* To remove unused bicycle hoops on the side access path area to create more space
* To install bug hotels within the garden area to attract wildlife
* To remove and replace washing line for two larger and stronger washing lines
* To clear debris and make good the area on the east boundary ready for vegetable planter to be constructed and fitted
* To install three picnic benches in the garden as a spot for residents to congregate
* To create a barbeque preparation area on the southwest boundary of the garden that can be used with a disposable barbeque
* Ensure that contractors cut the grass at least once a fortnight.

Social isolation is a common issue for those in active recovery, as many must cut out old social connections that are detrimental to them. Renovating the garden at Kiln provides an opportunity for residents to interact with each other in a safe and familiar setting. This is especially important as society looks to recover and move on from the coronavirus pandemic.

It has been really encouraging to see how engaged and enthusiastic our residents have been in formulating ideas for this project. Our combined goal is to continue to make Kiln Court a clean, serene environment that is conducive to recovery and positive progress. These proposals would be fundamental to this continued change.

**Cost:**
* Cost of total project works outlined above (quote from Jeff Way) - £8,116.80

**Would you like to see this project go ahead at Kiln Court? If so, please vote by rating the project 5 stars. Funding for this project is subject to the amount of residents that vote in favour for the project. The projects with the most votes are more likely to secure funding.**
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posted on 30 Jul 2021

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College Court communal garden improvement project
**Project proposal:**
* To clear the ‘beach’ area, remove any debris, install gravel boards to the area, install a 3-foot feather edge panel fencing and gateway with concrete posts around the edge of the area and plant low maintenance shrubs and decorative trees. This will make the area more private, safer and more attractive.
* To plant a selection of lavender bushes within the College Court area.
* To install a bug hotel within the College Court area to attract wildlife.
* To install a hard wood bench on one of the green spaces at College Court.
* To install private signage in the area to remind people that the area is private land.

**Cost:**
* Total project cost of all works above - £9,476

**Would you like to see this project go ahead at College Court? If so, please vote by rating the project 5 stars. Funding for this project is subject to the amount of residents that vote in favour for the project. The projects with the most votes are more likely to secure funding.**

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posted on 28 Jun 2021

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Llewellyn Court communal garden improvement project
**Project proposal:**

We as Sovereign housing residents would like to activate a more useful space within the paths and green space and gardens surrounding all the properties, to be a resident ‘community garden’.

The space often used as a walkway for other residents making their way to the parks at Canford, are seen as a walkthrough and not private garden space, so we would like to give residents the option of being able to use this as a communal garden which is accessible for all.

The improvements should provide more support and stability to all residents but will give the slightly older residents, vulnerable adults and other residents who reside there an opportunity to sit in a quite garden space.

The idea is to enclose some of the surrounding garden space with shrubs and fencing, provide boxes for planting and growing vegetables, hanging baskets, and to provide adequate seating where people can just stop and look at the flowers and everything else growing, our aim to engage the local community and improved to use and quality of the external space.

Wildlife will play the key part of the reconstruction with bird houses, bug hotels, flowers to attract butterflies and insects and, creating a more sociably acceptable communal garden space where residents can feel secure and enjoy the outside.

The work will not be too strenuous but may require some work to be completed to carry out, digging out boarder edges to support shrubs being planted, generic clean of discarded plant grow, and boarder clean-up, etc.

In the parking area, we would also like parking lines and clearer signage to prevent flytipping and non-residents parking.

**Cost:**
* Cost of all works above - £9,600

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posted on 23 May 2021

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Example of Bristol Project from YCYC in 2020
**This is an example of a project that secured £10,000 of funding in the first round of Your Community Your Choice after being submitted by a Sovereign resident living at Ashley Court in Bristol. We hope this will give you an idea of what you could do in your community this year.
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The project at Ashley Court in Bristol transformed the current washing line courtyard into a recreational area consisting of green space and an area to play.

We worked with the resident, our housing and property teams, and our contractor Jeff Way to look at ways in which we could best achieve this and get quotes for the works, including as many of the comments from other residents as possible.

Jeff Way were contracted to install a static table tennis table, raised planters, colourful recylced plastic picnic tables and benches as well as to create a small community orchard on an overgrown patch of green space.

**The image is a painting that was created by Ashley Court resident to envision what the space could look like. Watch this space for more photographs to show what the space looks like once the project has been completed!**
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posted on 21 Apr 2021

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Example of Abingdon Project from YCYC in 2020
This is an example of a project that secured £10,000 of funding in the first round of Your Community Your Choice after being submitted by Sovereign residents living at Fountain Court in Abingdon. We hope this will give you an idea of what you could do in your community this year.

The project at Fountain Court in Abingdon involved improving the communal garden space.

We worked with the residents, our housing and property teams, and our contractor Aspire Oxford to look at ways in which we could best achieve this and get quotes for the works, including as many of the comments from other residents as possible.

Aspire Oxford were contracted to carry out a general tidy and clearance of the garden, install and plant wooden sleepers with low maintenance colourful scented flours, install love seats, treat existing benches, install a new shed and install a communal notice board.
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posted on 21 Apr 2021

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