What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
The Friends of Cale Green Park have the following priorities:
1. We want to get children and young people to come to the park and interact with the wider community. We want to raise their aspirations and encourage them to value their present and future role within the community.
2. We want to improve community safety by developing a community spirit.
3. We want to promote the use of local green space, sports facilities and community facilities in the area.
4. We want to reduce the isolation of the elderly.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
1. Children & young people: Almost 23% of the population of the ward is under 15. All our events are free and parents looking for activities to take their children to really appreciate the event.
2. Community safety: We want to reduce anti-social behaviour and increase the sense of feeling safe in the area. It is hoped that these events will reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the area. They have already created a noticeable community spirit.
3. Reducing isolation of elderly: Although only 12.49% of the population is elderly, we are worried about their isolation. We also want to ensure that the elderly are kept well informed about what is going on in the area. This is especially important in the wider community. For example, according to Stockport’s Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy [January 2009], 50% of older people in Adswood and Bridgehall [a nearby neighbourhood] are income deprived.
4. In addition to putting on the park events, the group has also helped restore the benches in the park, and raised funding for an owl sculpture in Bell's Paddock. In an area where graffiti is common place, the benches and owl have not suffered any attacks.
What is your solution?
The Friends of Cale Green Park are prepared to organize two events in 2014: a summer event (scheduled for 29 June 2014), and a winter event (scheduled for 7 December 2014). All that we need is the funding to pay for the entertainment and consumables. Our events are free and open to everyone, and anyone that attends feels welcome and part of the community.
How will you deliver this?
We organize two "afternoon in the park" events - one in the summer [June/July] and another in December. These events feature a main attraction, which is typically, a band. But we have also featured other forms of entertainment. For example, Crazy Tramps [a trampoline act] proved so popular that we had them two years in a row. In addition to the entertainment, we also provide homemade cakes [50p a slice!] and tea/coffee from the community room, crafts made by the local residents [eg, at the Christmas events we sell door rings], and of course, a raffle. Proceeds from these events will go towards funding future events [including paying for hiring park staff and public liability insurance].