Local organisation receives ‘Space to Connect’ grant to boost community space
Inspired Steps Community Interest Company has recently been awarded a grant from a partnership between Co-op’s charity, the Co-op Foundation, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Space to Connect follows commitments made in the Government’s Civil Society and Loneliness Strategies, published in 2018, to help create sustainable community hubs and spaces where they are most needed.
Funding also builds on the Co-op Foundation’s work to strengthen community spaces where people can connect and co-operate.
We will use ‘Space to Connect’ funding to reach out to the communities of Tyseley & Hay Mills in Birmingham to identify their aspirations for new Spaces to Connect and to identify potential opportunities for new and redeveloped spaces in the area.
We are one of 57 organisations across England to receive a grant from the £1.6 million partnership, designed to help communities tackle loneliness by improving and protecting local spaces that bring people together.
Gary Clarke, Director of Inspired Steps CIC said: This project is a great opportunity to work with the community and so many committed partners. Together we will hopefully bring real change and creative solutions to help residents to come and spend time together and share the rich diversity of cultures and interests that exist here.
Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran, said:
“Strong communities play a crucial role in tackling loneliness and social isolation. This £1.6 million worth of funding will create and enhance local spaces that bring people together, encouraging them to make new and lasting friendships.
“It is part of our ongoing commitment to work hand in hand with local communities to build a shared, integrated and socially responsible society.”
Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, said:
“Our Space to Connect partnership with Government builds on our commitment to strengthen communities and tackle loneliness through co-operation.
“Grants awarded today will empower people to work together to make better use of spaces to address local challenges, improving the well-being and skills of their whole community.”
Space to Connect was launched in June 2019, at the same time as Co-op’s Endangered Spaces campaign to protect, support and improve 2,000 community spaces by 2022.