Last Friday, 28th June saw an unusual addition to Skipton Town Centre as a pop up living room took pride of place on Skipton High Street and the sofa even proved an attraction for Skipton’s Mayor, John Kerwin-Davey as he stopped by to chat about Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving Appeal and met some of the local community groups who had already applied.
We launched our Grassroots Giving programme as part of our 160th anniversary celebrations, providing 160 pots of £500 to groups nationwide who go the extra mile for others in their communities. With only a month to go until closing date for entries, we were keen to ensure local groups were aware of the initiative and are getting their applications in.
Skipton Radio also came down to support the event, interviewing some of the current shortlisted groups to find out about their stories and help inspire others to apply.
Representatives who came along on the day included Skipton based Embasy with Eastby Community Library who particularly work to support the elderly and want to expand their services to help teach visitors how to use computers and the internet: Shipley based Hirst Wood Regeneration Group who are looking for funding to transform a litter-strewn patch of bogland into a nature reserve; Friends of Middleton & Ickornshaw, a community group solely run by volunteers to enhance the local area and promote healthy activities for all age groups within the community; and Manningham Mills Sports and Community Association who work hard to bring together people from different cultures and religions and to promote equal opportunities within sport locally.
The Mayor spoke of how impressed he was with the campaign and encouraged more local groups to apply.
He said: “I think this is a fantastic initiative and am really impressed with how creative the team has been in attracting interest – this grass living room is great! There are many local groups who work hard to make their local communities more enjoyable for others and they rarely ask for help. Help is now on offer and I’d encourage as many groups as possible to apply as there’s 160 pots of £500 to go at”.
Jenny Murphy from the Grassroots Giving team said: “The pop up living room was a bit of fun to illustrate that charity really does start at home and to give people the chance to rest their weary feet and find out about the appeal. There’s been some strong entries already from across Yorkshire but there’s still room for more. With only 4 weeks left till the closing date we want to make sure as many people as possible take up this opportunity!”
As part of this activity we are also launching a free set of resources to help support community groups and voluntary organisations in a range of areas from gaining funding to recruiting volunteers. More information about these can be found at /free-resources/