Between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016:

Some projects we chose to support through our community fund with a share of the annual £100,000 budget were:

  • Wycombe Sound - £10,000 to purchase a playout system and licences for a year
  • FOCUS (Families of Children United Support) - £8,000 to fund salaries to enable staff to support vulnerable families with training and practical help
  • Toddlers play equipment at Piddington recreation ground - £3,000
  • Micklefield Community cafe - £10,000 to fit out the new cafe
  • Buckinghamshire Mind adult counselling - £5,000 for 1-1 counselling sessions
  • Active in Go Tri - £5,000 to encourage young people into triathlon events across the district
  • Business Start Up Course giving 25 local residents the opportunity to attend a 12 week workshop to learn how to set up their own business
We launched a new Neighbourhood Award rewarding our customers and local schools for having great gardens, members of the community for being great neighbours and our volunteers at Red Kite for being amazing. Last year we had 80 entries in the best garden section, six entries in the good neighbour section, one community hero nominee and two amazing volunteer nominations. Our customers were on the judging panel to choose the winners and prizes were presented at our Annual Get Together Meeting in September.

Over 100 staff and volunteers got out into the community to give something back on our annual community day. We supported organisations such as South Bucks Hospice, Lady Ryder Memorial garden, the Princes Centre, Castlefield Children’s Centre and Booker Hill School with a whole range of activities such as gardening, painting, and working with children and vulnerable people

We ran a Chef’s Club to teach 11 members of the local community how to cook for Christmas on a budget and enable them to gain qualifications in food hygiene

We ran a Christmas food parcel programme that saw 68 families provided with free food from a charity food distributor during the festive season to help people who were struggling financially to put food on the table and to teach those people about shopping online to save money

35 customers benefited from a range of training to increase their skills in aspects such as sitting on interview panels, procurement, face painting, making presentations, and using Excel

We will be:
  • Encouraging more people to take part in our Neighbourhood Awards. This year applications for our new Neighbourhood Award were all online for the first time. We will be working to increase awareness of this and encouraging even more people to apply next year
  • Creating more opportunities to get staff out and about in the community to support local projects
  • Recruiting more Red Kite volunteers and raising our profile in the community
  • Looking at ways we can support and encourage people to get work ready
  • Handing over more decisions to our members to help us decide things such as where we should be spending money for the benefit of our communities
Our tenants make the decisions about what we spend our neighbourhood and environmental improvement budget on, so that the money is spent in the right places and really does improve the quality of life for local people

Approximately 340 people have benefitted from improvements, which include things like:
  • Improved parking at Coppice Farm Road and Larch Close
  • A new communal back door at Oak Crescent
  • A shed and new external tap at Kennet Close
  • Better lighting at George Lee Court and New Road in Booker
  • A new play area at the Gayhurst Road flats

Janet Roake (Tenant Volunteer)

“Red Kite genuinely wants to support people in the local community. That’s why they hold an annual community morning every April and all of their staff and volunteers get out and about supporting local organisations.

As a tenant volunteer with Red Kite, I was part of the team visiting the Princes Centre in Princes Risborough that supports vulnerable people on April 27th this year. All of us participated in the activities taking place, including games and arts and crafts and were greeted with enthusiasm by the clients taking part.

It was one of the most heart warming mornings I have experienced in a long time. This was a place full of love, acceptance and empathy which was given in abundance”.

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