For the seventh year running we have joined forces with The Melton Times to give local good causes the chance to apply for part of £10,000 we have allocated to try and help the local community.
From a total of 40 applications, Ragdale’s staff chose 21 local groups to be recipients of a share of the community chest. Over the last seven years, we have given a total of over £72,000 to a wide variety of local groups, giving them the chance to ‘Make it Happen’. Kylie Pentelow, BBC East Midlands news presenter and Ragdale regular presented the cheques.
This year the money went to:
- Melton Mowbray Child Contact Centre provides a warm, safe and happy environment for mums or dads to meet their children when relationships break down. It has been running for almost 12 years and is a Churches Together in Melton Mowbray project. The project is totally reliant on donations from local churches and generous people and groups.
- St John Ambulance has just started up a Duke of Edinburgh Awards group, charging young people just £25 so all can participate. It applied to Make it Happen as it needs cooking equipment for its expeditions.
- Melton Baptist Church provides a warm welcome and a free Christmas Day lunch to anyone who would otherwise be alone. The project is entirely funded by donations and run by volunteers who will even offer transport on the day.
- Shopmobility Melton needs a new larger scooter to cater for those with health issues which affect weight. It will enable users to get around the town centre, promoting confidence and light physical exercise.
- Friends at Melton is a social support group for people with mental health issues. It meets every Monday and Wednesday and many members attend courses at Melton Library Learning Zone. It has to raise all its own funds for activities and wants to run a six week art project. Now, thanks to Ragdale and Make It Happen, it will have the money it needs to cover the cost of an art tutor and art supplies.
- Melton Learning Hub at the Country Park Cafe is developing the country park cafe and visitors’ centre into a thriving educational facility through catering, IT, bike hire, angling and so on.
- Voluntary Action Melton’s gardening scheme helps disabled and elderly people no longer able to maintain their own gardens doing everything from trimming hedges to complete garden clearances.
- Dove Cottage Day Hospice needs a bathing support system to help it bath guests more easily and safely. The support moulds itself to the user and prevents them from slipping, leaving the carer free to assist with the actual bathing.
- Melton Breast Cancer Support Group asked for help so it can replenish leaflets and posters at local hospitals, GP surgeries and other public places such as libraries. It holds monthly meetings and also offers phone and email support.
- Home-Start Melton & Rutland wants to provide a small hamper of basic tin and packet foods (to the value of £10) at Christmas to families with at least one child under five who are under stress.
- Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People asked for help for its sibling support service. It’s there for the brothers and sisters aged over five years of the children and young people who use Rainbows. Sibling support workers provide one-to-one support at home or school and also group work where activities are offered to allow siblings to share experiences and not feel so alone.
- The Alzheimer’s Society in Melton borough asked for help to support a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee event for all those in the local area living with or caring for someone with dementia. It would help them share in the nation’s celebrations and help them tap into some key memories they may have of previous jubilee celebrations. The grant would also be used to pay for transport for three trips spread across the year to places such as Chatsworth House, Twycross Zoo or Nottingham Lace Market.
- Clockwise Credit Union wants to set up a young savers club on a Saturday morning, to be run by its volunteers, at its offices in Leicester Street to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds learn the importance of money and the joys of saving. It aims to support them by giving them 50p a week to save for something special such as a birthday, Christmas, sporting equipment or game. Each young saver will be given a goodie bag with things in to help them save such as a calculator and money box and they will also be able to take part at school as Clockwise rolls out its in-school savings clubs across Melton.
- Vale of Belvoir Out of School Club, based at the SureStart centre in Bottesford, is a self-funded not-for-profit club. It wants to help the children develop its outdoor space to encourage physical activity and start a grow-your-own food scheme. The money from Make It Happen will help towards the cost of play tractors, football goals, gardening tools, basketball hoops, tunnels and a Wendy house.
- The Warning Zone invited children from The Grove Primary School in Melton to visit this exciting, interactive centre which educates youngsters on the potential dangers and pitfalls that can arise during their transition to adolescence. Children are placed in eight scenarios requiring discussion and decisions and resulting in an understanding of risk, consequences, responsibility and safety.
- Asfordby Amateurs Inclusive runs taster sessions to promote football opportunities within the local area for people who find it difficult to access mainstream football.
- Melton Mencap and Gateway offers outdoor pursuit activities such as canoeing, team building, climbing and forest exploration with specialist support to provide a challenge, adventure and achievement not forgetting a huge amount of fun, laughter and friendship.
- Melton Mowbray Photographic Society asked for funds to purchase a replacement digital projector to enable it to continue its popular local history lectures. Over the last 14 years the society has given about 190 illustrated talks which are well received and seen as a major source of archive material on old Melton. Many of the events are themselves charity fundraisers raising many thousands of pounds for local good causes.
- Oasis Family Centre asked for support for its drop-in lunch group which is accessed by families with children under the age of five. Parents take it in turns to prepare a healthy lunch to share and an early years professional leads various play activities.
- The Ear Foundation asked for funding for its Ready, Steady Go programme, run by specialist speech and language therapists, for families of two to four-year-old deaf children. By this age many children will have the hearing technology they need to give them the best chance to learn to communicate and hopefully develop spoken language. The course arms parents with the knowledge and confidence they need to help their child achieve this.
- Asfordby Amatuers Junior and Youth Football Club asked for help to set up an under 21s football team to play in the Midland Football Combination League from the 2012-13 season. There are currently no under 21 sides in the local area and the transition from under 18s football to senior football sees the biggest drop out of players compared to any other age group. This award will help cover the league entry fee, annual subscription and league bond for the season and benefit a squad of keen young players.
And here is all the representatives from each charity displaying the certificate which was given to them, along with the cheque, on Thursday 1st December at a presentation evening at Ragdale Hall. Accompanying them in the picture are David Hamdorff and Michael Isaacs (Ragdale Hall), Michael Cooke of the Melton Times and Kylie Pentelow (BBC East Midlands News).
Here is some footage of the presentation night and a picture of each of the charity representatives….