The future of Lingwood and Strumpshaw Air Scouts now secure thanks to £5,000 award win

Posted in: Foundation Last updated: 21 Dec 2015

OneFamily Foundation £5k award will safeguard the future of scout premises as money is used to carry out structural repairs.

The Lingwood and Strumpshaw Air Scouts, which provide activities for children in economically challenged rural areas, were today celebrating the news that they will be able to save their scout hut thanks to a £5,000 OneFamily Foundation Community Award.

The building, which has been the meeting place for scout and local community groups for many years, has been in desperate need of repair, including a floor in danger of collapse due to the increased numbers of people attending the groups. Now that the charity has secured the £5,000 award, it can now replace the floor, and install disabled access ramps, making the building available to the whole community.

Christine Wheeler, OneFamily customer said: “The hut is a genuine community hub, not just a building for the scout and cub groups. It offers the children in the area a safe place to meet and take part in learning activities and games, both of which are in short supply in our area. My husband, who is a cub leader, has seen first–hand what a positive impact this can have on its members, which in turn inspired me to put them forward for a OneFamily Community Award.”

Colin Goff, Group Scout Leader added: “We’ve worked very hard for several years to try and repair as much of the building as possible but without the necessary funds, a new floor was one improvement that we just couldn’t afford.  We were worried about the future of all the activities that take place within the hut, but now we’ve won the OneFamily award, we need worry no more. We can get all the work done and concentrate our efforts on helping as many children as possible. Thank you OneFamily, you’ve secured our future in the community for many years to come!” 

The OneFamily Foundation is a unique customer benefit fund, provided by the 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.

The mutual organisation 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 are four awards of £5,000 available in each category, with Lingwood and Strumpshaw Air Scouts winning in Youth and affiliated organisations.

James Hale, Customer Engagement Manager at OneFamily said: “We are delighted to award this money to Lingwood and Strumpshaw Air Scouts.  The work of this group is to be applauded for its efforts to enhance the lives of children in the area. The improvements to the scout hut means the laudable work of the group can continue; we’re very happy to have played a part.”


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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.