Local organisations win funding and business support

Main image: CIPKW team members receive their award from Danielle Cohen from Power to Change (centre).

Left to right: Mike Cardwell and Kate Swain from Redcatch Community Garden with their award from Jo Daniels of M&S.

Two local organisations have just won funding and support from the Community Business Challenge for ‘transforming local economies.”

Community in Partnership Knowle West (CIPKW) and Redcatch Community Garden were two of seven Bristol organisations selected by M & S and charity Power to Change. 

They all had to pitch their projects beforehand to a panel of judges at an event in The Station in Silver Street, central Bristol on 3 October.

CIPKW which runs Filwood Community Centre scooped £6,000 and communications support. It will now launch a six-month outreach programme to grow awareness of what’s on there – and find out what local people want to see.

Business Manager and Creative Director at Filwood Community Centre, Makala Cheung said: “This support will help us to stay true to what the community centre is all about – being for the community and growing and responding to what the community wants us to be.”

Redcatch Community Garden is a space for the community to come together and learn about growing fresh, healthy food. It was awarded £8,000 which will be used to refit its commercial kitchen – so it can expand its food production operation and train volunteers.

Co-founder Kate Swain said they were delighted to receive the funding and support which opened up “so many doors for us.”

She said: “… We plan to refit our catering container… into a fully functional kitchen providing healthy, affordable, local food and products to the community.

“We also aim to provide further community volunteering, training and education opportunities. We hope to be up and running in Spring 2020.”

Other winning organisations included Windmill Hill City Farm and Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust.