Working to support positive changes in the area

SUPPORTING CHANGE Previous grant winner Sue Stokes, from Southsea Greenhouse.
SUPPORTING CHANGE Previous grant winner Sue Stokes, from Southsea Greenhouse.

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Love Your Street applications are open once again. Here is some background to the scheme

The Southern Co-operative is the main funder for the grants and they work with Portsmouth Together to create volunteer support networks to deliver services which help meet the needs of people in the city.

Groups and individuals are invited to present their idea and explain the drive behind it along with a proposal of how they will action their plan.

Brian Bracher, chief service officer at Portsmouth Together, said: ‘It is a great pleasure to be able to re-open Love Your Street grants.

‘The first round brought some really exciting, innovative projects to the table.

‘We have had projects ranging from community gardens to artwork in parks and strawberry teas to tackle isolation.

‘Love Your Street is a great example of how local businesses can work with people in the community to support creating positive changes in the area.’

Jessica Hughes, communications and community engagement manager, said: ‘The Southern Co-operative has always had a purpose beyond profit. We believe in supporting the community and environment, encouraging people to work together to achieve common goals and in turn help others.

‘Love Your Street is a great initiative that embodies all of this, which is why we welcomed the opportunity to get involved from the start.’

Previous grant winner Sue Stokes, project co-ordinator of Southsea Greenhouse, said: ‘Our Love Your Street grant is going to be used to open a few doors for people who don’t often get outside. To us that is what Love Your Street is about.

‘The people we meet every day at our garden come from all sorts of places and the sea and the sun bring them out.

‘We are hoping to use our strawberry tea afternoons to help people feel involved in the community, to make some friends and try new things.

‘We think that it is a good way to say hello to someone who is lonely, has been ill or just moved to Portsmouth & Southsea. It says welcome, and please stay a while.’

The grant programme will fund 30 projects across the city with the aim of funding two projects in each of the 14 wards of the city.

Love Your Street grants enable groups working with residents to apply for grants of up to £500 to purchase supplies for local projects.

Application forms and other information can be obtained at volunteer.portsmouth.gov.uk or email volunteer@portsmouth.gov.uk.