Sunrise Community Solutions CIC
Sunrise Community Solutions CIC were delighted to receive a grant of £186 from Coventry 4 Good. The grant has and is continuing to enable them to provide Event Furniture free of charge to community groups across the city. With the suspension of Coventry City Council's Event Equipment earlier in the year and consultation ongoing on the future of the service they were keen to be able to support grassroots community events organisers to continue to be able to keep the costs of running their events low.
Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group
The Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group meets weekly for asylum seekers, refugees and people who want to support them in Coventry. People talk, share their experiences and offer each other support and understanding as well as the chance to learn more about their rights in the asylum system, and opportunities and events to get involved in.
Coventry 4 Good funding has enabled them to provide a meal each week for three months. It is important for them to be able to provide food at meetings for two main reasons:
The first is that many of the members are living with very minimal or no financial support and no right to work therefore they struggle to get enough nutritious and filling meals.
The second is that sharing food cooked by our members is an important way of building community, we have many members from different cultures and languages and sharing food is a way to bring people together and share something together.
Upwards of 30 people have attended each meeting, some people for a week or two, other members have attended each meeting over the 3 months. CARAG members come from a range of nationalities: at the moment they have most people from Syria, Sudan, Iran and Eritrea, with most other members from sub-saharan Africa, south Asia and the Middle East.
Redeemed Christian Church of God
The funding was effectively invested in the purchase of educational toys and learning materials for toddlers and children. Teachers were also equipped with these tools to facilitate their teaching techniques. The resources have improved the bonding and communication between toddlers/children, facilitated the teaching process, by engaging children in a more pragmatic learning atmosphere, inspired joy by the new variety of toys purchased has increased the interest of the toddlers in learning and playing together.
It has attracted a lot of families and children in the community to join in the conducive sharing and learning environment, inspiring love and understanding between the organization and the neighbouring community.
"We are very glad and fortunate to have benefited from the Coventry 4 Good grant. This grant has made a lot of positive impacts in our organization."
26th City of Coventry South Brownies
26th City of Coventry South Brownies were a recipient of the Coventry 4 Good grant scheme. Jean Rawlings, Brownie Leader, wrote to Coventry 4 Good to thank them for making their 'Evening in the Woods' event possible. Jean wrote "Please pass on my sincere thanks to the people who made this possible for my Brownies. For some it was their first time at Ryton and for many it was their first taste of the fun of camping and outdoor activities".
Oromo Muslim Community UK
Our grant from Coventry 4 Good enabled us to purchase a printer scanner copier which we have since August 2015 been using seven days a week in our offices in 129 Broad Street Foleshill Coventry. The printer has been essential in enabling us to provide the opportunity for members of the Oromo, Sudanese, Somali and other Muslim communities in Coventry to produce a range of documents during employment, health and welfare advice drop in support sessions.
The printer has been available for use seven days a week and we estimate has been used directly by between 50-70 clients to whom we have provided support. The majority of the clients have lived in Foleshill and St Micheals wards the two most deprived wards in the city but we have also supported clients from Holbrooks, Longford, Radford, Bell Green, Upper and Lower Stoke, Wood End, Manor Farm, Henley Green neighbourhoods. The majority have been aged between 16-50 but also we have found children from low income families have been increasingly using the printer to print out their homework as they lack the ability to do so at home.