GreenSquare manages a Lottery-funded community project in Rose Hill, a neighbourhood in Oxford.
The project has attracted two large grants from the Lottery, receiving £458,100 in 2017 to support a further four years of work on the estate.
The aims of the project are to provide activities and support for children and young people; and to encourage involvement of adults in the community with mentoring, training and work placements.
Food also plays an important part in bringing people together. Linking in with FareShare, the project is able to redistribute food that would have otherwise been thrown away. Volunteers, with help from café staff, prepare nutritious meals for the youth groups twice a week – and food preparation is just one of the activities available through the youth clubs as well as sports, arts and crafts. In addition, food parcels are put together weekly for people in need on Rose Hill.
At the centre of all this activity is community worker Fran Gardner, who works closely with Oxford City Council; project activities are based at Rose Hill Community Centre which is managed by the Council. Youth activities are provided by Rose Hill Junior Youth Club, a local charity, and employment skills support and advice is provided by SOFEA.