Alloa Matters 2017/2018 Applications


I hear you! - OAP Welfare Hall

1 Who will directly benefit from your Project? 

Old People Welfare Hall. Elderly in particular but hall also used by majority of people who will benefit and for future groups wishing to use the hall. 

2. What is the name of your Project? 

I hear you!

3. Describe your Project in 
There are many people in our communities who are partially deaf and hard of hearing and not enough information or help is made available to help these people. Groups and information on help appear to be hidden from them.  They unable to participate in the joys of life as we are, unable to hear what is being said or what is going on.  Normal hearing people take for granted, the partially deaf miss out. As more and more activities are taking place in the hall, more and more people who are hard of hearing or partially deaf require help in being able to hear clearly what is happening and going on for their own benefits of enjoying evening or meeting for clear health and safety instructions. We need to be able to pass information on very quickly in case there is an incident. 

It is therefore proposed to put a loop system throughout the hall, to help bring more enjoyment to those people partially deaf and hard of hearing to enjoy their activities, to get them more involved and easier to understand what is on and what is being said. To make them feel that they are part of the, community and to make them more involved in meetings and decision making. 

It is also anticipated to create an information hub in the hall for a whole range subjects which is presently being discussed. 

It will bring others out to enjoy activities within the area and make them feel more of being part of their community and to enjoy activities that others take for granted. 

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Alloa Saints FC 2005 Training

1. Who will directly benefit from your Project?

Players of Alloa Saints FC 2005 squad and the local community through increased training for the players.

2. What is the name of your Project?

ALLOA SAINTS FC 2005 TRAINING

3. Describe your Project

Alloa Saints FC 2005 squad presently train one night per week on a Tuesday. The reason we do not train more is down to one thing and that is money. The increase in player’s money necessary would cause financial hardship to parents and could result in some giving up football.

The amount of training that we can do within such a short timescale is limited and as such we have been looking at increasing the training to incorporate a Thursday night which would involve a one hour gym session led by clacks council instructors followed by an hour long session on the astro turf surface. 

The benefits this will provide the players will not only benefit the players play but also increase the player’s general health and well being. 

This project would last for the period from January to 31 March. 

4. If you intend your grant to go towards a Project which costs more than the amount you are applying for, what is the total cost of the Project?  And how are the additional funds raised?

We estimate that based on current rates the project covering a 10 week period would cost:

Money used for Gym, Astro

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Expansion of the Wee County Junior Harriers

1. Who will directly benefit from your Project?

Children and young people aged 8 to 16 years living in the Tullibody, Alloa, Sauchie and Menstrie areas of Clackmannanshire

2. What is the name of your Project?

Expansion of the Wee County Junior Harriers 

3. Describe your Project
The Wee County Junior Harriers is a highly successful run for fun running club that has been established in Lornshill Academy for the last 3 years. Currently, 65 children and young people aged 8 to 16 attend training every Monday night and run in various athletics and cross country events across the central belt throughout the year. Demand for places in the club is massive but we currently can’t take any more young people on until we have more trained coaches. We would use the grant to pay for training for coaches in order to allow greater numbers of children in the area who want to run for fun to join the club.

4. If you intend your grant to go towards a Project which costs more than the amount you are applying for, what is the total cost of the Project?  And how are the additional funds raised?

1 level 1 athletics coach course     
1 level 2 athletics coach course        
1 set of running blocks                       

5 Project Need

There is huge demand for places at the club – there is currently a large waiting list of children and young people waiting for a place. 
Following any of the primary schools run for fun sessions which our Head Coach delivers in partnership with the schools, demand for places grows.

There is national evidence of the relationship between exercise and positive mental health. The S2 pupils in the Clackmannanshire area have some of the poorest mental health in Scotland (evidence on the national Information Services Division website). By offering run for fun to primary school children aged 8 and over, the club provides opportunities for children to get exercise and so feel fitter, help with any weight issues and most importantly improve their feeling of mental well-being and resilience

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The Gate Community Café improvement project 

1. Who will directly benefit from your Project?

Alloa people who use our Community Café. On two days per week this will be used by the Soup Pot which provides free food for up to 30 vulnerable and homeless people in Alloa and on two days per week around 40 local people will enjoy good food at low cost.

2. What is the name of your Project? 

The Gate Community Café improvement project 

3. Describe your Project

We want to increase the capacity and efficiency of our Community Café so that we can serve more people good food without profit. 

Our new chairs will give us room for more people and the new crockery and cutlery will enable us to be more efficient in how we serve food. The new Soup Pot will make sure that we can keep and serve our homemade soup in the best possible way.

The café is the hub of our services at The Gate and provides not only a warm welcome and good food but also provides a meeting place and information point for many.

4. If you intend your grant to go towards a Project which costs more than the amount you are applying for, what is the total cost of the Project?  And how are the additional funds raised?

Café chairs 
Café crockery & cutlery -
Serving equipment – Thermostatically controlled Soup kettle and utensils 

5. What need does it meet exactly and how many people do you think will benefit? 

This grant will enable us to run our not for profit, community café at full capacity which supports vulnerable and sometimes isolated people in Alloa.  Presently our café supports up to 40 local customers each session and our Soup Pot supports approximately 30 service users twice weekly.  We have limited supply of café chairs and need 4 more to complete the present table capacity.

In addition, a soup kettle and other necessary additional café equipment is required to function properly as a service to our community.

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Wimpy Park Community Group

1. Who will directly benefit from your Project?

Local Community from small children to retired people

2. What is the name of your Project? 

Wimpy Park Community Group

3. Describe your Project 

Wimpy Park Community Group working together to ensure the Wimpy Park (wall garden) in Mar Policies is brought back to its best by bringing the people and community together.   Springtime next year, we would like to plant vegetables, fruit bushes and fruit trees.

We have Alloa Academy working with us as well as the local community.  The group is formed of 12 trustees and over 200 members from the local community.  At the event we held on 1st May 2017 we had over 500 people attend.  From this we believe the local community will use the vegetable/fruit garden.  The project will benefit children with disabilities from Alloa Academy as they have shown an interest in working with our group.  With help, people will learn together about gardening, growing their own vegetables.  Horticulture is therapeutic, this will help everyone involved in this project as well as promoting a green environment locally.

4. If you intend your grant to go towards a Project which costs more than the amount you are applying for, what is the total cost of the Project?  And how are the additional funds raised?

 Not applicable

5. What need does it meet exactly and how many people do you think will benefit?

We have Alloa Academy working with us and the local community.  The group is formed of 12 trustees and over 200 members from the local community.  At the event we held on 1st May 2017 we had over 500 people attend.  From this we believe the local community will use the vegetable/fruit garden.  The project will benefit children with disabilities from Alloa Academy as they show interest in working with our group. With help, people will learn together about gardening, growing their own vegetables.  Horticulture is therapeutic, this will help everyone involved in this project as well as promoting a green environment locally.

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Exercising for Lung Health - Breath Easy

1. Who will directly benefit from your Project: 

The people of Alloa Community who suffer from Lung Disease would benefit from the Tia Chi classes proposed.

2. What is the name of your Project? (This will be used on the voting form)

Exercising for Lung Health

3. Describe your Project in 200 words or less. (NOTE: This information will be used on social media, please do not name individuals or give any other personal information)

We plan to hold Tai Chi Classes for our group, all of whom have varying lung diseases. It has been proved that physical activity and exercise improves quality of life. During exercise, two of the most important organs of the body come into action. The Lungs and the Heart, the Lungs bring oxygen into the body, to provide energy and remove carbon dioxide. Exercise can improve overall physical and psychological well-being. It can also decrease the risk of developing other conditions such as stroke, heart disease and depression. Regular exercise is also one of the most important interventions to prevent the onset of type-2 Diabetes. 

We plan to do this at St Mungo’s RC Church Hall in Alloa.

Our group desperately need this type of exercise to maintain some degree of good health and would most definitely benefit from this. 

4. If you intend your grant to go towards a Project which costs more than the amount you are applying for, what is the total cost of the Project?  

This project costs includes
 of a teacher and hall hire

5. What need does it meet exactly and how many people do you think will benefit?
It would help the well being of our group and would benefit more than 24 people, more if we can get others to join in

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Audio equipment for use in drama and music events (Alloa Academy Parent's Council)

1. Who will directly benefit from your Project?

This project will support Alloa Academy pupils, parents, carers and the wider community who will attend drama and musical events.

2. What is the name of your Project? (This will be used on the voting form)

Audio equipment for use in drama and music events

3. Describe your Project 

Alloa Academy have big plans to develop drama, dance and music performances.  To support these ambitious plans the school needs to upgrade the audio equipment to ensure high quality sound of performances.  With a successful panto in 2016, the first production at the school in over five years, it was recognised the microphones were not adequate.  For this year’s panto the school have had to hire microphones.  The Parent Council would like to offer funds by means of this grant towards the purchase of equipment as owning the equipment is far more cost effective.

Increasing the level of drama, dance and musical events provides many benefits for pupils, who may not have had the opportunity to take part in this type of activity.  It opens up lots of possibilities for the young people to build confidence and experience a range of activities: reading and learning scripts; acting; singing; dancing; set design; costume design; lighting and audio engineering.

The benefits extend to the local community because we have people coming to the school for these performances and having a good quality sound for these is important to ensure the events are accessible for everyone.

4. If you intend your grant to go towards a Project which costs more than the amount you are applying for, what is the total cost of the Project?  And how are the additional funds raised?

This fund will purchase two Barlett stage floor microphones 

5. What need does it meet exactly and how many people do you think will benefit?

This project meets a range of needs:  it promotes creative arts in the local community; it provides an avenue into creative arts that is cost free; meets the needs to improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing; promote community engagement and greater parent involvement.

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The Alloa Academy Coffee Shop Project (Alloa Academy Parent's Council)

1. Who will directly benefit from your Project?

This project will support Alloa Academy pupils, parents, carers and the wider community who visit the school for learning, training and social events.

2. What is the name of your Project? (This will be used on the voting form)

The Alloa Academy Coffee Shop Project

3. Describe your Project in 

The Parent Council wish to support the pupils with the setting up of a Coffee Shop.  The senior pupils are looking to develop a new resource within the school that will offer drinks and snacks to pupils during the school day.  This resource will have a dedicated space within the school and the aim is to have the Coffee Shop as one of the focal points within the school, not only being a social meeting space but also creating lots of different opportunities: working in partnership with the school catering team; development of entrepreneurial business and finance skills; employability skills for the catering industry; training on independent living skills for pupils with additional support needs; opening for school parental/carer events and social events; the Parent Council will use the Coffee Shop during community fundraising events.  This is an exciting and innovative project that promotes partnership between the school, the Parent Council and our local community.

4. If you intend your grant to go towards a Project which costs more than the amount you are applying for, what is the total cost of the Project?  And how are the additional funds raised?

The funding we are applying for:
Urn (Swan SWU101 150W) 
Cups and saucers x 24 
Disposable cups 12 oz (qty 1260) 
Disposable vented lids 12 oz (qty 1000) 
Utensils 
Cleaning products 
Stock (6 week supply)          

5. What need does it meet exactly and how many people do you think will benefit?

The Alloa Academy Coffee Shop project will work on a social enterprise model.  It will meet the need to offer complimentary, low cost, in school, drinks and snacks for pupils, school staff and visitors.  It will meet the need of the Parent Council to have a facility within the school to be used to support fundraising community events, such as the Christmas panto or to use on School Open evenings to engage and support greater parent involvement.

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Hawkhill Community Centre Girls to Ladies group

1. Who will directly benefit from your Project: 

 All age ladies from Hawkhill and the surrounding area

2. What is the name of your Project? 

Girls to Ladies at Hawkhill Community Centre

3. Describe your Project 
Bridging the gap between all age local females.  A local ladies group that wish to come together for better understanding the generation gap through companionship and social interaction.  While promoting and encouraging personal betterment and well being through education, friendship and social interaction.  Our aim is also to reduce exclusion and loneliness by organizing various events such as healthy eating, cookery classes, educational workshops for healthy living.  Guest speakers and social outings.

4. If you intend your grant to go towards a Project which costs more than the amount you are applying for, what is the total cost of the Project?  

Not applicable

5. What need does it meet exactly and how many people do you think will benefit?

The group helps to reduce loneliness and exclusion by providing a place to meet and encourage friendship and give the opportunity to gain new skills.  At the moment we have around 16 in our group, we are actively seeking to expand the group.

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