Innovation Fund Awards 2013

For Disability Mobility (FDM) are providing a new service with set programme of destinations during each month where individual members can ring the office and book a seat. The difference here is that they do not have to organise enough people to fill the mini bus nor do they have to do all the arranging. Individuals just have to turn up and ride. There are 64 groups registered with FDM whose membership range from 15 to 400.

Friends of Valley Gardens have won this award for Phase 2 of their work within the Valley Gardens which involves the restoring of an area around the Pump Room and the installation of a sensory garden providing pleasure for all and especially those with sight impairment. Last year approximately 2,738,122 visited the Valley Gardens making it the most visited park in the UK.

Humberside Pre-School Learning Alliance now has the opportunity to take over and run the visits cafe in partnership with HMP Wolds. The cafe provides valuable work experience and life skills for offenders employing six individuals at any one time preparing and serving food to visitors. The idea behind the cafe project is that any surplus money from the cafe will be reinvested into providing family support services delivered by the Alliance team at HMP Wolds.

ORB Community Enterprise is based in Knaresborough and one of their less well known projects is the ORB garden, originally set up with the aid of a grant from Ecominds. The garden is slowing transforming from a patch of waste land into a beautiful and productive space. ORB have been granted their award from the initiative in order to further advance this area by employing a gardener during the summer months to develop the project and promote wider use and access.

The Ground Floor Project is a new innovative resource, which is now developing its activities to provide a Community Drop-in Centre and cafe. This will include a one stop centre for support, advice and access to work experience for the disadvantaged, the job-seeking unemployed and people on low or fixed incomes. The new internet cafe will run on a semi-commercial basis for use as a drop-in centre, where meals will be sold to the general public. This will also provide work experience and employment, preferably for those with learning difficulties. The project will develop the use of the Ground Floor Project for hundreds of people within Calderdale.