Vote to help Gallows Close Centre, Scarborough with a chance of winning share of £1Million fund

Posted: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 13:55

Vote to help Gallows Close Centre, Scarborough with a chance of winning share of £1Million fund


Gallows Close Centre is a community provision in Scarborough, that North Yorkshire Sport have worked closely with to ensure they could open this summer for local families.

Gallows Close Centre is on the shortlist to win a share of Persimmon Homes' Building Futures £1million pot
supporting under-18s nationwide but first they need online votes to win.

Persimmon Homes North Yorkshire is backing Gallows Close Centre to be a prize winner at a gala dinner in October,
where cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 will be made to those winning the most online

Kimmie Avison representing Gallows Close Centre said: "It is a huge achievement to have been selected as a
regional finalist, but now we really need people to get behind us and get voting so that we are in the
strongest possible position to earn one of the top three cash awards on the night."

What is Gallows Close Centre?

Gallows' Close Centre is an active, vibrant, well used and much-valued community centre, working with people of all ages from our community, providing a welcoming, accessible, safe space to meet and access other services. Our aim is to grow our grassroots provision developing the support and activities on offer to address the needs identified through ongoing consultation with residents, volunteers, and participants.

The centre is a space where we come together as a community to solve our issues. Our centre is the local catalyst that underpins strong and positive relationships that are built on trust, shared experience, mutual support and genuine and long-lasting self-reliance and community resilience. Through the centre we currently deliver and enable services and activities in direct response to the needs identified by the local community. Some of these activities and services include a community café, wellbeing and fitness activities, a variety of young people's sports activities specifically for low income families, employability courses, community garden ex-service personnel engagement programme, woodworking, youth clubs, holiday clubs, classes for adults with additional needs, seasonal community events, birthday parties and lots more.

We are committed to supporting our community to easily access services and offer support and create opportunities at the same time to give back to and enhance community life. We have a sound understanding of local needs and the barriers people experience in helping people to overcome them. We want to continue to be an effective presence in our local community, building on relationships and enabling more people to access the services and opportunities needed to build resilience and confidence, opening up new possibilities for all who live here.

Kimmie added: "Voting could not be simpler. Just log on to
futures/ and select Gallows Close Centre and vote for us. We would really appreciate everyone's

How would £100,000 benefit the centre?

Winning £100,000 would give the centre extensive opportunities for growth to enable us to offer more support and activities and we are keen to ensure these can be delivered sustainable and grow our doorstep provision to better meet the needs of our community. Funding to invest in staff to support delivery of activities both directly and alongside building on our successful volunteering team. In addition, enhancing some of our facilities is greatly needed, we can build a larger kitchen to support young people with essential life skills, the heating in the building is very poor, we would look to having this made more economically friendly too. We can build on projects which support vulnerable people offering more sessions, learning new skills, increasing social interaction and helping with wellbeing. The list is endless.

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation. Through the
scheme, a total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded to groups supporting sport, education &
arts and health across Persimmon's 31 regional businesses and its head office.

Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB and the Persimmon Charitable Commission
enlisted the help of athletes Jason Kenny and Laviai Nielsen to help determine the three regional
finalists for each business division.

One initiative from each category will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme
to be decided by a public vote.

As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in
each sector, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Online voting opened on 27 July and will close at midnight on 18 September 2020.

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Vote to help Gallows Close Centre, Scarborough with a chance of winning share of £1Million fund

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