This is a fantastic project which benefits so many youth and support groups in the local community. They have secured planning permission to develop the barn due to the high demand in their services. £15,000 in funding from the Foundation will enable the work to start and renovate the area for the community.
Teesdale is a large remote sparsely populated area situated in the South West of County Durham, covering 324 square miles. It has a population of 24,800 and suffers from rural disadvantage, problems with isolation, disengagement and low self esteem. The children and young adults can suffer significantly from rural isolation.
There are no opportunities for social interaction outside school as most young people (85%) live on remote isolated hill farms. The nearest youth facilities are at Middleton in Tees 11 miles away and there are no buses into or out of the village after 6.30pm. The Foundation has funded £33,000 towards the much-needed mini bus which will also be used in the school holidays.
Update: It is now two years since the Asda Foundation funded the UTASS minibus. The bus has been a life saver to the group and means they can get the elderly and young children out into the countryside – and as you can see they were able to meet a very special guest HRH Prince Charles. A truly great project that the Asda Foundation was delighted to support.
A community space has been re-vamped by the Lifestyle group along side their community centre. This will have a big impact on the community and will not only be used by the local groups, nurseries, art clubs and youth clubs but will also be an area for the elderly residents who do not have gardens of their own. £5,000 from the Foundation is funding the seating, planters etc for the garden.
Keighley – £25,000
Silsden Football Stadium has not been used in many years, but the community have pulled together to raise over £100,000, to make this happen. The Asda Foundation has donated the final £25,000 they require to make this dream into a reality. This facility will be not only used by the many children and adult football teams but the whole community.
This is used as a Life skills base for the most vulnerable young people in Barnsley and other parts of South Yorkshire. During these Life skills lessons pupils are taught how to prepare a meal, clean a home, pay bills and live on a budget.
This will help some of the pupils to live a reasonably independent life after they leave Greenacres School at the age of 19.
The donation of £30,000 from the Foundation will allow them to set up disabled access throughout and refurbish some of the rooms.