£1,800 funding secured for SeAscape’s “Pass It On Project”
We were delighted to have secured a whopping £1,800 from our Troon locality funding application to go towards our “Pass It On” project.
The project is still gaining momentum in Ayrshire and seeks to provide donated furniture and items to those most in need in our area. As you can imagine the costs of storage and delivery can be astronomical but at present are being covered through participatory budgeting schemes and the extensive fundraising activities of our small but dedicated team.
Participatory budgeting is recognised internationally as a way for local people and charities to have a direct say in how, and where, public funds can be used to address local needs. It was born out of a desire to reallocate public money locally and democratically to where it is needed most.
‘SeAscape are delighted to have retained the South Ayrshire Council contract to provide homelessness and tenancy sustainment support locally. Our new contractual arrangements will commence on Friday 1 December and will also include the delivery of intensive housing support to certain individuals in East Ayrshire.
We are delighted about this development and look forward to building upon the experience and ability of our staff to ensure that a high quality of level of service is provided addressing the wider needs of our service users’.
Our CEO, Niven Rennie, said ‘The retention of this contract is a fantastic achievement and a testimony to the hard work and commitment of our staff. SeAscape is now a recognised brand in the local community with a reputation for going the extra mile to assist those who find themselves in difficulty and in need of support’.
£2,000 funding secured for SeAscape’s “Pass It On Project”
We were delighted to be invited along to Maybole Town Hall on Saturday 30 September to pitch for funding for our Pass It On project that is gaining momentum in Ayrshire. 27 groups put forward their bid and the local public voted for SeAscape to receive a fantastic £2,000
Participatory budgeting is recognised internationally as a way for local people and charities to have a direct say in how, and where, public funds can be used to address local needs. It was born out of a desire to reallocate public money locally and democratically to where it is needed most
Photograph: Julie Mathieson, Pre Tenancy Support Worker who is the Project Co-Ordinator for Pass It On
The funding will be used to enable us at, SeAscape “Pass it On” to source free goods in used but good condition and pass them on to our clients.
In addition to the goods, we would provide transport and an uplifting of certain items, PAT testing where applicable and ensuring they go to our clients who are socially disadvantaged.
This project will help eliminate the “revolving door” experience of many homeless people and would also help reduce landfills.
At present this pilot funding is confined to the Prestwick and villages locality but we are hoping to make further bids to other localities in South Ayrshire in an effort to roll this project out across them all and to fund this project in full.
SeAscape have now launched an innovative fundraising campaign which is giving restaurants, hotels, café and bar customers the option to donate a minimum of 20p to help the homeless community in Ayrshire. This donation is carried out at point of sale when a customer receives their bill. There is NO COST to companies who participate in this campaign and it is a proven and effective way of supporting children, young people, individuals and families who are socially disadvantaged.
We launched Dine & Donate on 1 June on social media and in 2 days it resulted in over 120 shares, 300 likes and a reach of over 25,000 for one company alone which highlighted their social corporate responsibility.
On Wednesday 1st of February Seascape hosted the first annual South Ayrshire Homeless conference in Ayr Town Hall. It was a huge success with participants from many local advisory bodies/ charities/ third sector organisations and several representatives of the local council
The event was hosted by SeAscape’s dynamic new CEO, Niven Rennie and after a brief introduction and welcome from SeAscape’s Chairman of the board, Tim Stone, the conference was addressed by Helen Mooney the Provost of Ayr. During an impassioned speech the Provost joined her voice with that of SeAscape’s and indeed the whole conference to work towards effectively eradicating homelessness in South Ayrshire.
The conference broke up into a few workshops to further explore some of the burning issues affecting the homeless community of South Ayrshire. It ended successfully with a firm commitment from all involved to repeat this bi-partisan cooperation on an annual or bi-annual basis.
We at SeAscape want to thank everyone involved and wish to re-affirm our commitment to the homeless community of South Ayrshire and to assure all we will continue providing positive, results-based action for the homeless community in South Ayrshire.
Do you have some time to help SeAscape to fulfil its commitment to help people at risk of homelessness? We are looking for volunteers to help in two valuable ways:
People becoming tenants for the first time often lack basic household goods – cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils and so on. SeAscape intends to purchase goods such as these as starter packs to help tenants get started in their new lives. Could you offer a morning or an afternoon once a fortnight to shop for and put together these starter packs?
From time to time SeAscape holds fund raising events. Are you interested in helping to plan and run such events? In the past these have included dances, quizzes and a film night. Perhaps you even have ideas of your own that could be used to raise money to help SeAscape help those who need our support.
If you are interested we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us here on Facebook or on the SeAscape website at http://www.seascapeayr.co.uk/ or you can phone our volunteer manager Jackie Alexander on 01292 271002.
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