EEM continues to exceed expectations with increased turnover during the financial year 2016 / 2017. EEM’s objective is to provide a cost efficient procurement service through having a managed catalogue with potentially the lowest commission rates charged by any consortium.
EEM once again has an operating surplus of £144,000.
The operating surplus has been split over the members that have used EEM based upon the income received for that member. The surplus will be passed back to the member strictly for the use of supporting the communities it serves and not to support budgets or work that the member should be doing as a right.
The £144,000 2016/17 donation was allocated and used by members in the following ways:
A1 Housing Bassetlaw Ltd
A1 Housing used their community donation to refurbish a building used by a charity called ‘Centre Place’. They upgrading all the electrics, installed new lighting, new showers and toilets, and upgraded the kitchen appliances. They also replaced and upgraded the flooring in the toilet area.
The Centre Place offers information, support, guidance and counselling to young people and young families aged 11-25 living within Bassetlaw, including specialist support to young people aged 16-25 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning their sexual orientation. Visit www.centreplace.org.uk to find out more about this charity.
Acis has combined this donation with donations from other parties to enable them to recruit a Customer Support Officer who will support their Employment Support Service which will be called ‘Accelerate’.
Ashfield District Council
Aspire Housing Group Ltd
Aspire handed their donation over to the Realise charity which is part of the Aspire group. One of Realise’s key objectives is to support people that are at risk of becoming NEET, into work. Young people from some of the top 25% most deprived wards nationally, are supported with grants up to £100 to help break down their barriers to employment. £2,300 would have supported 23 learners into apprentice placements, by funding one of the following;
In terms of measuring impact, Realise has had their work calculated to provide a social return of £6.42 for every £1 invested. Therefore, the EEM Community Donation has generated a social return of £14,766.
Bolsover District Council
Bolsover created a small grant scheme and here’s how the new entrants plan to use their funding:
Residents of Woburn House put in their application to create an outdoor seating area including a patio area, tables, chairs and a gazebo to encourage residents to meet and rekindle their lost community spirit. In addition, funding was requested for the residents to participate in designing their own planting scheme of flower beds/ tubs/planters etc.
Jubilee Court Gardening Group had created a decking area through fund raising where members of the club could meet for a coffee and a chat. Their application was to enhance this area with comfortable weatherproof seating that can be left out at all times.
Whitwell Community Choir was established three years ago to encourage local people in writing and performing their own compositions. The group perform at local charity events, local galas and coffee mornings. The grant would enable the choir to fund a choir teacher, support events and recruit new members.
Hodthrope and Belph Community Association have been working on a woodland walk project in the local area and have worked with children from the local school in planting wild flowers. The grant was requested for further planting and seating. The woodland walk is seen as an area where families can meet and children could learn about environmental issues.
Whitwell Wood Natural History Group work on a voluntary basis providing bird boxes and twitch covers, so people can twitch without the birds knowing they are being watched. The group also provide talks on wildlife and birds, including supporting the local school. It is seen as being therapeutic for all ages. The grant would be used to purchase equipment and for the group to encourage people to become involved.
Broadland Housing Group
Broadland Housing Group donated their funds to their chosen charity of the year which was EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospice).
Broxtowe Borough Council
Broxtowe intend to use the money to hold a ‘Wild About Toton event on 1st September with the Friends of Toton Fields to celebrate habitat and access improvements at Toton Fields Local Nature Reserve. The event will help promote biodiversity and community involvement and will include activities like pond dipping and moth trapping.
Cambridge City Council
The Chief Executive of Cambridge City Council, Antoinette Jackson, wrote to EEM to say they have decided to use the money to support Cambridge Street Aid. Antoinette said she knows the donation will be very well spent as every penny donated goes directly to helping a homeless person get off and stay off the streets. Click here for more information about this scheme.
Charnwood Borough Council
These funds were passed to the Charnwood Borough Council Community Engagement Team’s budget to be delivered through the CHRF committee to applicants.
Chesterfield Borough Council
Chesterfield Borough Council used their donation to contribute to new soft furnishing’s (tables, chairs etc) at their newly refurbished Community Room at Newland Dale, Chesterfield. The estate has been built for 50 years this year and they totally refurbished it (including some internal alterations, new kitchen, toilets etc) and provided new outdoor space this year.
Derby City Council
The Chief Executive of Derby City Council gifted this donation to the Mayor – Cllr John Whitby’s Charity Fund which will greatly benefit many involved in the following charities and organisations that the Mayor is supporting this year. Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre in Skegness, The British Red Cross, Safe and Sound, Children First Derby and Derby Museums Trust.
Derby Homes have used their donation to support the ongoing work they carry out at the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre in Skegness.
Over the past year, the donation has contributed towards the installation of the fire safety sprinkler system (Derby Homes carried out a lot of the preparatory building work for the sprinkler system) and helped with their project to increase the parking capacity for the 2nd minibus.
Read more about this project by clicking here.
Derwent Living have used their donation to set up a small grant scheme called the Dolly Smith Fund, named after a resident who was very active in her community and recently passed away at the age of 107. Retirement Living customers can apply to the Dolly Smith Fund for grants of between £50 and £500 to organise socially inclusive events or activities. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to community activities or initiatives aimed at tackling isolation, and promoting community interaction at Derwent Living’s retirement schemes.
Gloucester City Homes
Golden Lane Housing Ltd
The Chief Executive of GLH, Janine Tregelles, wrote and told EEM that they were delighted to receive the donation and as a charity working for people with a learning disability every donation they receive is greatly appreciated and she assured us the money will go towards further enhancing the lives of individuals they provide homes for with Golden Lane Housing. Janine also added that since joining the EEM framework they have seen greater efficiencies across their repairs service and have developed some excellent working partnerships with EEM suppliers and contractors.
Great Places Housing Group
The Chief Executive of Great Places Housing Group, Matthew Harrison, wrote to EEM and to say thank you and advised that the funds would be paid into their tenant welfare fund which will be used locally in their communities.
Helena Partnership Ltd
London Borough of Hillingdon
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
£2,000 of this donation funded two projects:
To improve the attractiveness and effectiveness of the pedestrian access at:
(1)Jon Baker Court and to improve the attractiveness of the area around it.
(2)Bridge Road in Burbage, where the garage site and the entrance to the park is, by installing beds or planters.
These projects are being led by the Council’s tenant team “Garden Buddies” which is a group brought together by the Resident Involvement Officer. It is not yet started as they are setting up teams to complete this.
The other £1,000 was used to renovate an archway/walkway area which was being used to fly tip items such as trolleys etc and there were overgrown brambles making the area an eyesore.
Following a patch walk held with Repairs, Housing Management and other agencies, Hinckley & Bosworth decided to help clear this area up for their residents. They have now created a beautiful raised bed with an oasis of stunning green plants. Click here to see the photos.
Kettering Borough Council
Leicester City Council
City of Lincoln Council
Mansfield District Council
Metropolitan Housing Trust
Metropolitan decided to award their donation the The Padley Group which is based in Derbyshire. The Padley Group is one of their charity partners for 2017/18 and was nominated by Metropolitan staff due to the exceptional service they provide. The Padley Group works with the most socially excluded people in Derby including the homeless, people with mental health issues, learning difficulties, drug and alcohol problems and the long term unemployed. Their centre is open 365 days a year, providing an 11 bed hostel for people with nowhere to sleep, and food, clothing and showers to anyone in need. The Group also provides accredited training at the local resource centre with support to plan for a better future. They carry out all of this with little or no government funding depending on volunteers, fundraisers and donors. This donation will have a huge impact on the services the group provides and could not have come at a better time (Oct 2018). The additional funds will enable the centre to support more customers than ever over the Christmas period and beyond.
This donation will help to fund the Holmfield Dementia Village project:
Between 18 and 25 service users access Holmfield Dementia Day Centre on a daily basis. The Centre has a large and interestingly shaped garden which is not used to it’s full potential and at the weekends (and during the week if spaces are available) it could be utilised by residents from George Hythe House next door (43 people).
The proposal is to create a Dementia village in the garden – a village styled in the 1940s to take people back in time to one they can remember and reminisce about. It will have shop windows of Holmfield Bakers, Holmfield Butchers, Holmfield Post Office with postbox plus a sweet shop, a pub with pub games, and a café with outside patio area. There will also be a bus stop and shelter and perhaps a small putting green. Service users will be able to walk along the village path passing each of these village resources finishing up with a cup of tea at the end in the café. It will be like a day out in a low risk environment and significantly enhance the wellbeing of the service users.
This is a unique project – while elements of reminiscence are a commonly used mechanism to support people with dementia eg shop fronts we can not find any other initiative quite like this one.
The project has been initiated with service user input and service users are being involved in deciding the colours and signage.
Newark and Sherwood DC
Newark and Sherwood Homes Ltd
Northamptonshire Partnership Homes
Nottingham City Homes
Nottingham City Homes have been investing the funding in numerous community involvement activities such as sponsorship at their Annual Tenant Awards, Just Grow initiatives with local community gardens across the City, community delivery at their Fun Day, Garden Competition, Tenant Academy and Fit in the Community initiatives. They have provided a Make a Difference community funding pot for community groups to apply for up to £2,000 per group to deliver projects that make a difference in their community.
They have also used the funding to support their community champions to deliver small events in their areas that benefit tenants and residents to encourage more volunteering from others.
Rockingham Forest HA
RFHA gave their donation to the Sanctuary Night Shelter in Rushden.
Rykneld Homes Ltd
Rykneld Homes used their donation in three different ways. They told us:
Wingfield Court Nest Boxes and Planning
Wingfield Court is a flagship regeneration project delivered by Rykneld Homes to replace non traditional stock with a range of purpose built housing for rent and shared ownership for both Rykneld Homes and North East Derbyshire District Council. The development site has been busy for a number of months so once finished, we invited the local school to come and have a look and contribute to the environmental surroundings.
In partnership with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, the school children have been learning about the local Swift population and their migration route. Together with a selection of the new build properties containing inbuilt swift nest boxes in the eves, the children got busy painting their own boxes – provided by Rykneld Homes and EEM funding – which are now located in and around the school and local area. The project even made it into the BBC Spring Watch Twitter feed and the local paper Derbyshire Times; excellent recognition for a conscientious approach to new developments. The children also helped to fill several planters with beautiful flowers to help welcome the new residents on to the estate. A day enjoyed by all.
An important part of Rykneld Homes’ involvement with our local communities is our Community Improvers Group. Set up in 2010 it sees young people become actively involved with Rykneld Homes and their community by influencing and improving Rykneld services and getting involved in community projects such as clean ups, fun days, art projects, promotion of healthy activities and volunteering at local events and clubs. This year, with help from EEM funding, the Community Improvers helped to organise community clean ups with the provision of skips, the Council’s refuse lorry and their very own muscle power. The Community Improvers helped to promote the days by delivering fliers and encouraging local participation as well as helping out on the day. They have also assisted in the organisation of a local Halloween party in the village of Mickley to promote the use of the community ‘Hut’, a long-standing project of theirs. So far they have succeeded in creating a BMX track on the land next to the Hut, facilitating regular events and setting up a local residents group to manage the Hut as an independent venue with the support of the Parish Council and Rykneld Homes.
Since the outset, the group have regularly taken part in team building activities; this is essential in building and maintaining a strong group, to help them deal with common issues such as low confidence, family problems, anti-social behaviour, bullying and health and wellbeing. These skills have been useful for members growing into their adult life to become independent and confident, understanding the importance of community and the great impact positive behaviour can have.
Rykneld Homes support several groups throughout the North East Derbyshire area to promote healthy activities for elderly or disabled community members. The discovery of Kurling has been a revelation and its popularity has spread quickly. Seeing the fantastic impact the activity brings on socially isolated members of the community, and building on the success of previous years events, Rykneld Homes, with the help of the EEM funding, organised our second Kurling Tournament. The tournament consisted of three competitions in Killamarsh, the Pro-Act Stadium as part of our 10 Year Anniversary celebrations and one in Clay Cross. We had eight teams participate with over 70 people attending each tournament. All of the events were great opportunities to promote the pastime to a wider audience, thus increasing the number of socially isolated people getting involved in healthy, sociable activities on a long term basis. Kurling is a very accessible activity with the tournament including a team from a local care home, which was comprised of a number of individuals with various disabilities. A volunteer kindly built a ramp to aid the launch of the kurling stones to make sure everyone who wanted to, could take part. The Eckington Kurlers have already applied for funding, secured it and ran their own tournament.
Kurling is a fantastic physical activity that keeps people moving and fit whilst enjoying a fun game. Holding tournaments across the district gives groups the chance to mingle and create new friendships.
South Cambridgeshire District Council
The council decided to donate the money to the local foodbank run by the Trussell Trust and administered by Cambridge City Foodbank.
South Holland District Council
Tuntum Housing Association
Tuntum Housing Association will use this donation to support their Carnival in Nottingham. It is the biggest social value activity that Tuntum do and takes up a lot of their resources so any additional funding helps.
Walsall Housing Group
The Wellingborough Homes donation went towards a project which set a target to raise 10,000 tins of food for the Daylight Centre, a local food bank in Wellingborough, in only five months. Read more by clicking here.
West Lancashire Borough Council
Westworks – Aster Group