On the 16th July 2014, the Woodberry Down community voted on what community activities they would like to see locally. Manor House Development Trust had over £20,000 to give away to local groups and organisations which offered activities promoting health wellbeing.

Local groups and organisations were invited to apply for £500 – £3000 of funding to fund their idea to promote health and wellbeing. We received over 40 applications, with a range of ideas from cooking and dancing to baby massage and jam-making. This shows just how far the area has come with residents who have the skills and confidence to run thier own community services.

14 groups were shortlisted. They were invited to present at the Voting Day and share their idea with 50 local residents who could vote for the 4 they liked the best. All the groups did very well to stand up in front of so many people and explain why they thought their group deserved the funding. Every group got 5 minutes to speak and some groups even got residents up to dance. Local residents then cast their votes on secret ballot papers. The 9 projects which received the most votes won the funding.

The winners were:

  • Cordwainers Garden – Restoring the local Cordwainers Garden
  • Made In Hackney – International cooking classes
  • Tado Ceramics – Pottery classes at NVQ Level 3
  • PACT Knit and Natter – An intergenerational knitting group
  • Universal Board Games – Giving young people access to international board games
  • Beyond Feelings – Massage and relaxation therapy for elderly people at Newnton Close
  • The Lunch Club – Healthy homemade food for vulnerable local residents made possible where meals will now be transported to their homes
  • Wheely Tots – Bike riding sessions for very young children with balance bikes
  • Blema Dancers – African drum and dancing to increase fitness levels for all

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