1st SLAM Beeston Scout Group is located in south Leeds and runs Beavers, Cubs and Scouts at St. Andrew’s Church Hall.
1st SLAM Beeston is a popular scout group running a range of activities such as camping, crafts and games for local youngsters aged 6+. All the activities are focused on fun and go towards earning badges.
In 2018 the Scout group were given access to the outside space at the church hall, but it was very overgrown with lots of nettles and so wasn’t a safe space for children. The Scout leaders and volunteers soon realised that they wouldn’t be able to transform the garden and make it usable for the long term without some external funding.
The Sir George Martin Trust gave a grant of £1,000 towards their £3,000 total which enabled the Scouts to create a flat grassed area, a wildlife space and also have garden tools and furniture to make it a comfortable, usable space. Now in the summer all the activities can be held outdoors and the children, many of whom don’t have outside space to play in at home, can enjoy the fresh air and learn more about the environment.
The Brighouse Arts Festival takes place every October in venues across the West Yorkshire town, attracting thousands of people from all over the UK.
The Festival is run by the charity, Arts for Brighouse, and it first took place in 2012. Completely volunteer run, the charity focuses on providing high quality, accessible arts entertainment which promotes the town on a national level and uses the arts as a catalyst for social cohesion and to bring people together from various communities.
The Festival attracts a number of high calibre performers, including actor Brian Blessed in 2018 and singers Lesley Garrett and Kiki Dee in 2019. Arts for Brighouse works hard to ensure that they provide free activities and performances so that the Festival engages with community members who might not generally get involved in the arts.
The Sir George Martin Trust gave grants of £1,500 in 2018 and 2019 towards the general running of the festival, including venue hire and volunteer expenses.
Since 1975 BTL has been supporting Bradford children with disabilities and their families by providing specialist toys, guidance, support and activities.
The Sir George Martin Trust had supported BTL for a few years with small grants for trips and activities. The charity had always been successful at bringing in funding but in 2018 BTL found it particularly challenging and reserves were very low by the end of the year. In January 2019 BTL contacted some of its regular supporters asking for help and as the Trust knew what excellent work BTL does, the Trust took immediate action and organised a meeting with the team.
BTL said: “You came and helped us in our darkest hour and you re-ignited our passion for our charity that we had lost due to our ongoing funding crisis. The Sir George Martin Trust helped us to see that our funding strategy needed changing and our name was not a true reflection of what we do. We can’t thank you enough for your kind words, enthusiasm and the £2,000 grant. The support we received in January has enabled our charity to flourish again and the future looks exciting and bright.”
Buckden is a small, remote village located 18 miles north of Skipton in North Yorkshire and many of its local services now cease to exist.
The Buckden Village Institute is crucial for the people in the village and other nearby villages as numerous schools, pubs and post offices have closed down in recent years. The bus service is now run by volunteers and the trustees of the hall are responsible for its upkeep, organising social and cultural events and fundraising. The Buckden Singers and Buckden Art Group meet at the hall every week and there are other social events held throughout the year.
However, as the hall is 100 years old, the trustees were increasingly finding that the building’s facilities were proving difficult to access for many older visitors and they were losing out on room booking from external groups as the hall was very outdated. The Sir George Martin Trust gave £1,500 towards the £86,000 renovation project which included a storage extension, upgrading the electrical supply, new emergency exit, ramped access to new entrance, new kitchen and decoration throughout.
Eggborough Methodist Church is located in the village of Eggborough which is between Selby and Pontefract. Built in 1880, this small church has always been a busy, thriving hub for the community. Minor renovations were made to the church over the years and then in 2012 it become clear that major works were needed in order to create a more modern and flexible space. Luckily the church had some fantastic stewards and parish members who were skilled in surveying, project management and fundraising. By 2015, the church had been completely renovated with a new front entrance, insulated ceilings and walls, a stunning new kitchen and new flooring and decorating throughout. It truly became a building for all local residents not just those that wish to worship. Eggborough Methodist Church now has film nights, play performances, coffee mornings, a Wednesday café session for people with low mental health and disabilities and a monthly baby clinic . With an increasing number of elderly and disabled people visiting, the church council felt it was important to improve the access and so in 2019 the Sir George Martin Trust gave a grant of £1,500 towards widening the path to the side door, constructing a ramp and installing lighting.
Holbeck Elderly Aid in Leeds works to keep local older people socially and physically active, empowering them to make more informed choices and live longer.
Holbeck is one of the 0.2% poorest areas in England and suffers from high crime rates. Seven days a week, Holbeck Elderly Aid provides support, transport and a wide range of social and leisure activities.
In 2017 the Sir George Martin Trust gave a £1,500 grant for the charity to buy new tables and chairs for daily use in a range of activities and mealtimes. In 2018 Holbeck Elderly Aid approached the Trust about an issue and asked if the Trust might be able to help. Staff were working unpaid every Sunday and some evenings (in addition to their full time weekday hours) on food preparation and cooking for the charity’s popular Sunday lunch and supper clubs as the charity only had enough funding to pay the chef 9.5 hours a week. Following a visit by the Trust a grant of £5,000 was awarded so the chef could be contracted for a minimum of 18 hours a week which had a very positive impact on the staff team and the charity overall.