On 17 January, GreenSquare secured £458,100 from the Big Lottery Fund to continue, and develop, its Rose Hill Regeneration project, and support activities for residents in Rose Hill, Oxford.
With over 48% of children in Rose Hill living in poverty, this four-year grant will help to provide extensive support for those children and young people. It will also enable a partnership with Aspire Oxford to help adults into training and employment, and will mean that Rose Hill residents will continue to be supported by Fran Gardner, Rose Hill's community worker, and by a part-time project administrator and project assistant.
Fran Gardner, Rose Hill Community Worker, said: "This is simply fantastic news. It's such an incredible amount of money and really will make all the difference to the lives of many on Rose Hill. Not only will this grant help children and young people but it will increase opportunities for adults facing barriers into training, employment, volunteering and community involvement."
In addition to the grant from the Big Lottery Fund, GreenSquare will be providing £47,397 and Oxford City Council will be providing £61,000 towards the general running costs and expenses of the project. This brings the grant total up to £566,497.
Oxford City Councillor for Rose Hill, Ed Turner, said: “I am over the moon at this bid. The lottery project has made a huge and positive impact on Rose Hill to date – with a particular highlight being the thriving junior youth club. This new funding gives us a great chance to improve Rose Hill still further for local people. This success would not have been possible without a great deal of commitment from local people and our excellent community development worker Fran Gardner.”
Every year the Big Lottery Fund invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
James Harcourt, Big Lottery Fund Deputy Director of Responsive Programmes, said: “It’s great to see so many projects up and down the country bringing a positive change to their communities. Thanks to National Lottery players, the funding will support people to improve their lives for the future.”