£5,000 Community Award makes East Riding Theatre Group light up!

Posted in: Foundation Last updated: 17 Nov 2015

OneFamily Community Award will help entire community shine

Residents from an East Riding Village are celebrating today after their community theatre group received a £5,000 cash boost from the OneFamily Foundation.

OneFamily customer, Elizabeth Thompson, who is treasurer for the Shiptonthorpe Village Hall and has been performing with the community theatre group for the past five years, put the group forward for the award to pay for a new lighting rig.

She said: “When we first moved to the village 10 years ago, the hall was in a state of disrepair and due to be sold for housing development. A group of us campaigned for it to be saved and, happily, our voices were heard. It’s since been renovated and has become an integral part of the village. There’s always something going on - from social events to exercise classes and community groups practicing and performing.”

The theatre group has been based at the village hall since 2009 and performs a yearly pantomime to a sell-out audience of almost 500 people. The proceeds raised go towards the refurbishment and upkeep of the hall, which is used by the community for social and fundraising events.

In previous years, the group borrowed or hired lighting equipment for its performances and events, which proved to be time consuming and expensive. However, the money from the OneFamily Foundation means it is now able to fund the purchase and installation of a lighting rig for the hall, which will benefit the whole community. 

"There’s always something going on - from social events to exercise classes and community groups practicing and performing."

Elizabeth continued: “Now, thanks to OneFamily, we can pay for the lights to be installed at the hall permanently, and any funds we raise in the future can be put back into the community. We can’t thank OneFamily, and of course everyone who got behind us, enough!”

The OneFamily Foundation is a unique customer benefit fund, provided by mutual organisation, OneFamily, which aspires to make £5million available to its members over the next five years to make their lives and communities better.

James Hale, Customer Engagement Manager at OneFamily said: “We are delighted to award £5,000 to the Shiptonthorpe Community Theatre Group.  The village hall is clearly an important part of village life and a place that brings the whole community together, as is evidenced by the many volunteers involved and the restoration works that have taken place over the past decade. Communities thrive when they have a shared space and a common goal, so we’re absolutely delighted to know that we have played our part in improving facilities for Shiptonthorpe - we hope that residents continue to enjoy the space for many years to come.”

OneFamily provides investments, savings, health and life insurance products to help families work together to meet the financial demands of modern life.  As a customer-owned business it is run for the benefit of its customers.  The OneFamily Foundation redistributes a portion of the organisation’s profits, and aspires to make £5 million available to customers over the next five years to help them, their families and their local communities. The Foundation has also helped hundreds of customers with personal grants since its launch in 2014, and its funding pot is made possible due to the financial stability of the customer-owned organisation.

There are four categories for each award, in order to ensure the Foundation gives a wider range of community projects an equal chance to access the funds. For this round of Community Awards there is one award of £25,000 and four awards of £5,000 available in each category.  The Shiptonthorpe Village Hall Community Theatre Group won one of the four awards available in the sports and social groups category.

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Editors notes:

The OneFamily Foundation (formerly the Engage Foundation) was set up to benefit our members, their families and the communities in which they live and work. There are two ways members can benefit; personal grants or community awards.  A number of personal grants of up to £500 are available every month to help them, or someone close to them in times or hardship, or simply to make things a little better. Community awards are open for nominations in Spring and Autumn, with awards of up to £5,000 and £25,000 available to help fund projects in their local community.