Residents of Halesworth are today celebrating the news that they have won a £5,000 OneFamily Foundation Community Award which will help to transform their town park.
The current playground in the park has not been updated for over 20 years, forcing the town’s 6,000 residents to venture further afield to seek a suitable playground for their children.
However, thanks to the Grandparents and Parents Play Association (GAPPA) and the £5,000 community award, the park is to be given a complete transformation. The group of parents and grandparents, who joined forces with the sole focus of improving the facilities, will now use the cash to rejuvenate the playground and make it accessible to children with disabilities.
Sara Bluffield, OneFamily customer said: “As a mother living in Halesworth, it has always been disappointing to me that there isn’t a better play area to take my daughter to. When I heard of GAPPA and what they were campaigning for, I knew that the community awards were the perfect way to help raise the necessary funds.
“We have been completely overwhelmed by how much support we’ve received from the community and can’t thank both them, and OneFamily enough.”
Jane Kircher, Chair of GAPPA added “We are overwhelmed by the support we have had in gaining enough votes to secure this £5,000. We have worked so very hard over the past 12 months with fundraising events and it would have taken us another 6 months at least, to raise the necessary funds. This has now put us at almost at our target and we are hugely grateful to the OneFamily Foundation for giving us this opportunity. Thank you!“
The OneFamily Foundation is a unique customer benefit fund, provided by mutual organisation, OneFamily, which aspires to make £5 million available to its members over the next five years to make their lives and communities better.
James Hale, Customer Engagement Manager at OneFamily said: “Parks play a central role in our communities, and the joy of playing in the park is an important shared experience for children, parents and grandparents. We are delighted that OneFamily Foundation funding will help create a special outdoor space for families and friends to enjoy together. The club brings people of all ages together and has the support of the community, as is evidenced by the number of votes they received during the awards process. We’re absolutely delighted to know that we have played our part in improving the physical and mental health of the local community and local gymnasts, all of whom will be able to enjoy the new facilities for many years to come.”
OneFamily provides investments, savings 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 over the next 5 years to customers 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 Community 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. GAPPA won one of the £5,000 awards available in the Youth and Affiliated Organisations category.
For further information about the OneFamily Foundation please go to https://foundation.onefamily.com/
For further information please contact the team on [email protected] or telephone 0113 243 1117.
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.