£36,000 'kick off' for
community sports and arts project
Restormel Regeneration Partnership's Objective One funded
Integrated Area Plan (IAP) team has gained £36,400 funding
from Sports Action Zone's Magnet Fund for the Restormel
Arts and Active Recreation for Health Project.
The two year pilot project aims to encourage local people
to get involved in sport and the arts in their community as
a way of addressing social problems within the Restormel area.
Sally Heard, the IAP's Development Officer for Newquay
and its Rural Hinterland, has been the lead officer for this
project. "The project will operate in the most deprived
wards in Restormel, and aims to use pioneering ways to reach
communities, kick starting the process of life long learning
through collective community activity." She explained,
"We also intend to bring into play local artists and
sports practitioners, and help them develop their skills to
effectively work with and regenerate communities."
Restormel Arts and Active Recreation for Health Project has
taken two years to get to this stage, demonstrating the length
of time it can take to pull together a project from the initial
idea to funders getting involved, especially, as in this case,
the project is quite complex in itself. Christine Bainbridge,
IAP team Programme Manager added, "It is important that
the foundation of a project is properly thought through
how its going to work, how it will be managed, what expertise
is already available and what will be needed, what are the
benefits to the community these are all selling points
to a potential funder who needs to know how the project will
support their aims, and what they are getting for their money."
The project has already gained support from St Austell College
and Restormel Arts, in addition to the Local Development Groups
who represent all walks of life from the community.
Sally is delighted, "It's great to have secured
this major first piece of funding and we are hoping
that the remaining funding will be confirmed in the next six
Restormel Regeneration Partnership was established
in 2000, with the object of making Restormel '... a
more prosperous and lively area ...' by making maximum
use of the opportunities for regeneration.
Integrated Area Plans (IAPs) are the way in which Objective
One can help communities. These are the plans that integrate
the economic, social and environmental aspects of the Objective
One programme into a framework for use in a specific area.
There are eleven plans throughout Cornwall, three of which
(St Austell Bay, China Clay Area, and Newquay and its Rural
Hinterland) are covered by Restormel.
The Objective One funded Integrated Area Plan team
was established in February 2001 to deliver the three IAPs
for Restormel. It can help with developing and supporting
community based projects who wish to apply for Objective One
The RRP team is funded by Objective One, the South
West of England Regional Development Agency, Imerys, Restormel
Borough Council, and Health Action Zone.
For further information contact:
Administration Officer, RRP IAP team
Tel: 01726 623735
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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