BRISTOL GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY GROUP SEES GROWTH BOOST AFTER BEING UNEARTHED AMONGST THOUSANDS IN BIG 160 CAMPAIGN
By Chocpr | Thursday, December 05, 2013, 11:26
Bristol based community group, Bedminster Judokwai, is
celebrating this week after discovering they are one of Skipton Building
Society's 'Big 160, securing a slot as a winner in its Grassroots Giving initiative
after winning the hearts and minds of the public and triumphing over nearly 1,000
other applicants across the country.
After being shortlisted in the campaign by the
UK's fourth largest building society, the group's application was then in the
hands of the public vote, to determine if they were to win £500 in funding.
Shortlisted on www.skiptonbig160.co.uk
Bedminster Judokwai's story was shared nationally, as well as via Skipton's
social media activity - as a result the local group secured a big enough
proportion of the 20,000 votes received to be crowned a winner.
Cutter, Skipton's Group Chief Executive said: "Everyone at Skipton Building
Society has thoroughly enjoyed running this programme which has brought out of
the woodwork so many hard working local community groups, which we would never
otherwise have known of. It is these kind of groups that make communities and
neighbourhoods stronger, especially in difficult economic times, and we're
delighted to have been able to showcase some of the unsung heroes across the UK
who are really going the extra mile to make life better for everyone."
"Skipton's Grassroots Giving programme was set
up to support groups who show commitment to their community, who could
illustrate how they plan to evolve in the future and how the funding would be
used to help secure the longevity of their great work. Typically these
grassroots groups often struggle to secure vital funding due to their size. And
this is what we wanted to change in launching this pioneering initiative. We now look forward to hearing the stories of
the impact our funding, and the raised profile of these groups has on our Big
160 winners. Hopefully they will continue to flourish and remain the jewels
in the crown of their local communities."
Bedminster Judokwai is a
community group run by 10 volunteers, who run the judo club for it's 50 young
members from the area. The group enters competitions nationally, with the
children training extremely hard to win their medals. Bedminster Judokwai's
coaches are all volunteers teaching the sport to the enthusiastic youngsters,
and have done so since 1996. The funding received from Skipton's Grassroots
Giving Campaign will be hugely beneficial to the group, as it will mean young
people in the area can stay fit and active, whilst taking part in a sport they
enjoy. It has also become a strong asset to the community, bringing members
together. The Grassroots Giving initiative has had a dramatic impact on the
growth of the group. Bedminster Judokwai are optimistic that with their raised
profile, they will be able to reach much higher goals than they originally
Paul Taylor, Head Coach at the club said:
"We're delighted with this
donation, it will really benefit the community as we can now offer an activity
for more children to participate, giving them an incentive to keep fit and
active, and keep them off the streets."
As part of its Grassroots Giving initiative,
Skipton Building Society has also launched a series of free resources covering
a range of key areas for community groups. From help and advice on how groups
can gain funding through to recruiting volunteers and governance essentials –
the guides can all be downloaded for free form the Society's bespoke Grassroots
Giving website, skiptonbig160.co.uk/free-resources.