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YouCan helping to bring communities together

The YouCan Foundation is a fund to help people with hidden talents & exciting ideas bring their communities to life. They have been approving more and more grants to people with fantastic ideas - here's a quick summary of a few of the most projects that have been helped...

Safemates goes from strength to strength

In April 2015, Laura Hill from Leamington Spa approached YouCan for a £300 grant to help get her friendship and relationship service for people with learning disabilities and autism off the ground.

They recently had their first breakfast club with members looking forward to an upcoming curry night. With events planned well into December, it’s fair to say that the grant from YouCan is certainly helping to bring together a whole community of people.

Find out what events they have planned and read more here…


Guldhall show

Dave Gallagher, who is 71 and lives in Lichfield, approached YouCan for a grant of £130 so he could hire the Guildhall room for a photo exhibition to help bring the community together.

With a passion for the city, Dave wanted to show the how Lichfield had changed over the years with a photograph and memorabilia exhibition.

Dave is really pleased to say that the day was a big success: “We had a steady flow of people through the doors all day and it was great seeing peoples’ reaction at seeing the old photos and how the city has changed – it was wonderful.”

Read the full story here…


Gatis Street Gardeners’

Amy Charles from Wolverhampton has used a £300 grant to set up a craft workshop helping children and adults to learn new skills whilst helping to promote ethical consumerism to get people thinking about buying less, choosing well and doing it yourself.

The workshop, based at the Gatis Gardeners community centre is helping to bring the community together with Amy saying: “The kids are learning fast and the adults are picking up new knowledge and sharing their own skills.”

Find out a bit more by reading the full story on the YouCan website…


If you feel inspired to start your own community project, why not go over the the YouCan website and complete an application for a grant of your own?

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