Boost for Tisbury Memory Group

14th October 2021, 10:13pm | By Karen |

Tisbury Memory Group gets a boost to help create a more connected and resilient community thanks to National Lottery and IKEA funding

Tisbury Memory Group, based in Tisbury, is celebrating today after being awarded £5000 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and IKEA UK, as part of the £1.5million pilot programme, Places Called Home.

The pilot programme from the largest funder of community activity and world’s largest home furnishing retailer, is supporting more than 330 local communities across the UK with grants of up to £5,000 to build back better and differently as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Places Called Home programme builds on the energy and creativity of communities coming together during the crisis to support each other and aims to inspire them to take-action around healthy and sustainable living, while learning from each other and building meaningful connections.

Tisbury Memory Group will use their funding to further enhance the community garden as an  asset and area of focus. Plans include

  • adding a riverside decked area which will enable visitors a closer and safe view overlooking the river
  • increase the available seating by adding a new bench and upgrading the old benches.
  • Diversify the planting to include a range of weather resistant plants – a test bed for climate change in Tisbury
  • All weather community reading bureau

We also want to develop an online platform and presence which will enable increased community awareness and better coordination of volunteer support.

Ann-Marie Dean, project lead, said: Thanks to National Lottery players and IKEA we are delighted to be able to continue with the next phase of development of the Tisbury Community Garden. The benefits of which have really come to the fore during the pandemic and lock down as a vibrant and engaging outdoor space… ]”

The idea of Tisbury Community Garden was formulated in 2017 as a sensory garden developed in conjunction with Tisbury Memory Group.   Since then the garden has developed into a highly valued community asset which is looked after by an increasing team of volunteers and has seen regular visitors on a daily basis during the pandemic with more finding this treasure every day. It is intended to attract both locals and visitors in the hope that it will be a place of comfort for the elderly community and a showcase for children to understand the educational importance of such places. The Memory group will use the garden for an number of their activities during the year including musical events and hands on gardening. The basic layout has been designed and in part accomplished but now is the time to enhance the visit experience and facilities

Alongside the funding, with £1million made possible thanks to National Lottery players, all community groups that applied have now been invited to a virtual learning and support programme, created by Participatory City Foundation.

Emma Ackerman, Funding Strategy Director at The National Lottery Community Fund said: “As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that we can build on the energy and creativity we’ve seen to make stronger communities and a better everyday life. We’re delighted that together with IKEA and National Lottery players we have been able to support this across the UK with our pilot partnership and funding announced today.”

Hege Saebjornsen, Partnership Advisor at Ingka Group said: “The COVID-19 outbreak has demonstrated how fragile the world is, reinforcing the need for collective resilience – for our neighbourhoods, our communities and our planet. Through this programme, we have an opportunity to make sustainable and healthy living accessible and affordable for everyone while also unleashing the skills, energy and enthusiasm of communities to take part in making a difference every day.”

Places Called Home is a small-scale pilot to test how a partnership between the largest funder of community activity in the UK works with the world’s largest home furnishing retailer.

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