Local Success Stories

Community Action supports voluntary and community organisations to apply for funding - read our latest success stories below 


Inspirative Arts CIC awarded £10,000 from Children in Need

Inspirative Arts CIC, an organisation that provides therapeutic arts and arts therapies to vulnerable people was recently awarded funding of £10,000 from Children in Need to provide extra support to children facing challenging situations and personal tragedies.

Philippa Buchanan, Director and Creative Expressive Specialist, got in touch to let us know how the organisation's funding came about. Philippa said "I thought I'd just drop you a line to say thank you! We met Children in Need through one of your events and came to an advice surgery you ran with them. As a result we put in a bid, and we heard in April that we've been awarded £10,000 to pilot a therapy group for children facing multiple issues. This has enabled us to recruit a new therapist for one day a week, and create a development opportunity for another staff member; and most importantly it will enable us to provide extra support to children facing really, really challenging situations and personal tragedies during the next year.

Thank you for what you do - it really does make a difference!"

For more information about Inspirative Arts visit the website or call Philippa on 01332 208706.

If your organisation has been awarded funding as a direct - or non-direct - result of Community Action then we'd love to know - email Jayne Williams. For more information on funding advice for your organisation email Liz Gumbley or call 01332 227738.


Creative Carers receives donation through event connection

At our recent Funding Fair at Derby Silk Mill one organisation made a connection with a very generous person. Creative Carers, an organisation run by and for carers, has received a donation from someone they met at the Fair. The generous donor pledged £500 for a comfortable seating area at the organisation's retreat for carers at Haven House in Charnwood Street and on visiting the retreat also offered to pay for hand rails.

Vita Snowden of Creative Carers said "I've heard about these sort of things happening but never thought they would happen to us - and it's all thanks to Community Action's event at the Sik Mill"

For more information about funding for your organisation email Liz Gumbley and for the latest Funding News subscribe to our Funding News bulletin - email Jayne Williams. 

Creative Carers secures £70,000 funding from The Triangle Trust

With support from Community Action via the monthly Funding News bulletin Creative Carers CIC has received three years of funding from The Triangle Trust. This funding will help the sustainability of the CIC by allowing it to:

• Develop a website.

• Improve outcomes and outcome measures by being able to accurately identify the difference that arts and other creative and social activities have on the wellbeing of carers.

• Work towards, and achieve PQASSO.

Vita Snowden (CEO) said: "Community Action has supported us since we were an emerging organisation. We're now an established peer support group with our own city retreat at 31 Charnwood Street, Derby DE1 2GT and a team of carers, paid and unpaid who support each other. We would not have grown so strongly and quickly without the support of Community Action and would have missed the Triangle Trust application process were it not for the Development Team at Community Action who provided suggestions about places we can apply to as a CIC (Community Interest Company). Community Action has developed specialist knowledge about where to go and tailors their advice to suit individual groups.

Out of 103 groups we were shortlisted to 8 and were one of 5 to receive funding"

The Triangle Trust specialises in carers and young offenders. They don't fund project activities they fund sustainability. For more information visit the Triangle Trust website.

East Midlands Wood Recycling CIC wins an award from the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce

East Midlands Wood Recycling CIC holds the title "Business in the Community winner" for Derbyshire 2015. This CIC was chosen due to their contribution and impact on the local community. The impact of the work that they do has created four part time paid positions and supported 30 volunteers to develop new skills to enable them to become more work-ready.

Community Action supported Kevin Ellis, Director, to set up the CIC in 2012 supporting them to develop their organisational structures and processes.

East Midlands Wood Recycling CIC is a Social Enterprise that has been set up to reclaim, reuse and recycle wood, providing good quality wood for sale to the public of Derby and beyond at a great price. Wood that without our intervention may have been either chipped or sent to landfill before its useful life is over. We do this whilst providing opportunities for volunteering and training in the local community.

For further information visit the East Midlands Wood Recycling website.

Hubbub Theatre Company has secured £34,812 from the Arts Council

Hubbub Theatre Company has recently been awarded a third Arts Council grant match-funded by Derby City Council and a forthcoming crowdfunding campaign. The funding will enable the company to:

  • Tour Kessoku - Tales of Togetherness to five high profile venues in the East Midlands
  • Offer 10 workshops at low cost to schools or inclusive organisations
  • Pilot 'The Hubbub Club' at their launch party on 7 November
  • Set up 'The Hub' - a drama group for adults with moderate learning disabilities and/or physical disabilities who would like to build confidence, meet new people and develop social and communication skills

Hubbub Youth Theatre and Hubbub Juniors is for young people 11-16 and 8-11 with moderate learning disabilities and/or physical disabilities to develop their creative skills, build confidence and communication skills and make new friends

For more information visit the Hubbub Theatre Company website or for funding information visit the Arts Council website.