How you can help Diss projects get the funding they need

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 October 2018

Projects in the Diss area have applied for  The Aviva Community Fund. PHOTO: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Projects in the Diss area have applied for The Aviva Community Fund. PHOTO: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Two Diss community organisations have applied for The Aviva Community Fund this autumn, and this is how you can help.

The Fund is open to anyone living in the UK, and works on a voting system.

Up to £25,000 can be won providing the project will make a positive difference in the community, is associated with a community organisation or charity, and will be completed or well underway before December 31, 2019.

Shelfhanger Village Hall have submitted a project to replace the swings in Shelfhanger playing field.

Their submission said: “We have recently been lucky enough to receive some funding to install a wonderful, wooden play structure including slides, climbing ramps and ropes.

“Our four old swings in metal frames now look very tired and although safety checked, the rubber is deteriorating and the metal supports look out of place next to the lovely wooden structure which fits so well in our rural surroundings.

“So many children are now coming to the playground to use the new structure so we need to replace the swings to offer even more fun.

“New safe and environmentally friendly swing structures will offer a legacy into the future for the village and its environs and continue to ensure the commitment of our families to stay connected to the hall.”

Anyone can register on the Community Fund website to vote between October 23 and November 20. You will then receive 10 votes to use at any point during this time, on as many projects.

Fox Wood Forest School in Roydon is also asking for votes for a new outdoor kitchen.

The school said: “With the help of the Aviva Community fund last year Fox Wood was able to make great progress with setting up our own site, which is devoted to forest school, outdoor play and creating a haven for wildlife.

“Feedback from families on the new site has been very positive, with several parents commenting that it’s an idyllic place for their children to play.

“We want to continue to expand this wonderful community project by further developing our site. We have a sturdy shelter that protects us from the rain and shades us in summer, this allows us to run forest school whatever the weather. We would like to develop one end of the shelter into an outdoor kitchen, putting in cupboards and work top to provide storage space and a food preparation area.

“The shelter is open sided so we would like to enclose just the kitchen corner to give greater protection on windy days - it’s tricky cooking when the wind picks up and distributes your things around the site! To complete our dream outdoor kitchen we would love to build a pizza oven, which would become a focal point for fantastic community gatherings.”

For more information visit www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/campaign/getinvolved

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