Space to Connect

We are pleased to share the following Press Release from our Member Juice


November 2019

Local organisation receives ‘Space to Connect’ grant to boost community space
A local community organisation from Cadbury Heath has been awarded a £5650 grant from a partnership between Co-op’s charity, the Co-op Foundation, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Juice will use ‘Space to Connect’ funding to work with local people to look in more depth into two issues raise by them in the recent Community Plan. How to make the open spaces more attractive florally whilst also encouraging greater use by residents and the best method to provide a central place to get information that can also assist with the provision of activities and facilities wanted and enjoyed by local people.
It is one of 57 organisations across England to receive a grant from the £1.6 million partnership, designed to help communities tackle loneliness by improving and protecting local spaces that bring people together.
Space to Connect follows commitments made in the Government’s Civil Society and Loneliness Strategies, published in 2018, to help create sustainable community hubs and spaces where they are most needed.
Funding also builds on the Co-op Foundation’s work to strengthen community spaces where people can connect and co-operate.
The recent Community Plan highlighted certain things that local residents felt would enhance where they lived. They felt better floral displays would encourage people to take greater pride in the area and use the open spaces more, bring back that community spirit, and as one resident so brilliantly summed it up ” …..a single place go to place that you could trust to round up everything would make a massive impact”, now we will be working with them to find the best ways to achieve this. . Janice Suffolk Director Juice Community Project CIC
Minister for Civil Society, Baroness Barran, said:
“Strong communities play a crucial role in tackling loneliness and social isolation. This £1.6 million worth of funding will create and enhance local spaces that bring people together, encouraging them to make new and lasting friendships.
“It is part of our ongoing commitment to work hand in hand with local communities to build a shared, integrated and socially responsible society.”
Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, said:
“Our Space to Connect partnership with Government builds on our commitment to
strengthen communities and tackle loneliness through co-operation.
“Grants awarded today will empower people to work together to make better use of spaces
to address local challenges, improving the well-being and skills of their whole community.”
Space to Connect was launched in June 2019, at the same time as Co-op’s Endangered
Spaces campaign to protect, support and improve 2,000 community spaces by 2022.
Juice Community Project will be holding a launch event on Tuesday 19th November 2019
between 4pm and 7pm where residents can find out more about the project and how they
can be involved.
Notes to Editors
About Juice
● Juice Community Project is run by local people to provide help and support to
residents of all ages in the Cadbury Heath area since 2007
● It aims to provide somewhere people can go for whatever assistance they need
● It provides a base for a wide range of activities for all ages from Streetgames for the
younger people to exercise sessions for the older residents.
● Juice also works in partnership and provides a base for other agencies to provide
support locally such as a Foodbank, a weekly Citizens Advice Bureau.
About Co-op Foundation
● Co-op Foundation is the Co-op’s charity, helping communities UK-wide work together
to make things better.
● Co-op Foundation is the leading charity tackling youth loneliness in the UK. By 2021,
its Belong programme will:
o Connect and empower at least 7,500 young people to take action to tackle
o Strengthen local youth services that provide vital support and opportunities
o Engage at least 25,000 young people in a national conversation that breaks
down the stigma of youth loneliness.
● Co-op Foundation provides interest-free loans and grants to help eligible
organisations improve local spaces that strengthen communities, and grow their
incomes so they can sustain these spaces longer-term.
● Co-op’s Endangered Spaces campaign is part of Co-operate 2022 – Co-op’s wider
community vision for the next three years that will see it work on key areas that make
communities stronger – community spaces, wellbeing, and education and skills.
About Space to Connect
● Space to Connect is a joint partnership between DCMS and the Co-op Foundation,
with both parties investing £800,000.
● Support is split into two strands: organisations receiving ‘Enhance’ grants of up to
£50,000 will use the investment to expand activities in spaces to make them more
sustainable. ‘Explore’ partners will use up to £10,000 to identify ways to make better
use of spaces so they can address challenges, like loneliness and access to
community activities.
● Applications to this fund are now closed. ‘Explore’ projects will have the opportunity
to apply for further Space to Connect funding in March 2020 to continue their work.