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.
Bradford PHAB supports mainly young people with physical disabilities and their families, but the social ‘club’ welcomes everyone in order to achieve complete cohesion within the wider community. The Sir George Martin Trust has supported Bradford PHAB three times over the last few years, providing grants for running costs and capital equipment. The charity is completely volunteer run, with the dedicated Chairman, Akbar Khan at the helm. Pre-Covid 19 Akbar was arranging inclusive activities for club members, such as flying lessons, abseiling, rock climbing, archery and theme park trips, all with the emphasis on building self-esteem, confidence and independence, learning new practical and personal skills, and supporting each other through friendship. And then during ‘lockdown’, he continued to be there for the Bradford PHAB members by setting up daily Zoom meetings and arranged virtual events such as talent nights, bingo, quizzes and competitions to keep all of the members in touch. He also organised and delivered twice-weekly food parcels to those in need throughout the worst months of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Spring/Summer. The Sir George Martin Trust gave £500 towards the cost of the food and running costs during this very difficult time.
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.”
Bradford-based Emerge has delivered transformational youth work for 25 years in some of the most difficult and broken wards of the city. The charity’s goal is to reach the most marginalised and enable them to become a part of a community within which they can thrive, develop and reach their potential. However, in April during ‘lockdown’ the organisation knew it needed to try and help local communities in an even bigger way and so partnered with seven other BD4 voluntary and community groups to raise a total of £11,000 as part of a co-ordinated emergency response. The Sir George Martin Trust gave a grant of £1,000 to help kick-start the project which went towards food, delivery costs, activity packs and PPE and meal cartons. Thanks to Emerge and the other six organisations, an average of 1,341 people per week were supported by food parcel deliveries, over 6,000 meals were cooked and delivered in the three months of May to July and 1,900 activity packs were created and delivered to disadvantaged families over the same time period. The project helped to reduced hunger and family isolation, improved food education, reduced boredom and supported some families who were struggling with home schooling.
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.