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Chelford grassroots community group receives funding to reduce loneliness after being unearthed amongst thousands in Big 160 Campaign

Chelford-based community group, Chelford Tenants & Residents Association, 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 Chelford Tenants & Resident'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.

David 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."

Chelford Tenants & Residents Association is a community group run by 10 volunteers, who work to reduce isolation amongst the elderly community. The group have won awards for their contribution to reducing isolation and loneliness, through organising activities. The group's most recent project is to set up a community gardening project, alongside a greenhouse. This would give the elderly community a project to put their energy into, and contribute to. It would also create a place of relaxation, and be seen as a further way of reducing isolation. The funding received from Skipton's Grassroots Giving Campaign will be hugely beneficial to the group, as it will mean they can continue to offer activities for the elderly, in which friendships can be built, and they can take part in an enjoyable project. The group also feel that since their interaction with Skipton Building Society throughout the Grassroots Giving scheme, they now have the ability to grow as a group, and as a result are confident their work will be able to continue in the future.

David Kent, a volunteer said:
"Chelford Tenants' & Residents' Association is a very pro-active organisation which has already helped to improve the lives of people in Chelford. Grassroots Giving has enabled us to further develop our community garden project which will enhance the lives of so many people."
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.
Skipton Building Society launched its Grassroots Giving programme as part of its 160th anniversary celebrations earlier this year. For more updates on Skipton Building Society's support of community organisations you can also follow updates via twitter.com/ SkiptonBS_GrG

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