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The Alley Cats - Community Upcycling Project

by Heidi De Wolf in Gainsborough, England, United Kingdom

£155

raised of £6,500 target

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supporters
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 7th October 2020 at 11:59pm

Our aim is to engage families adversely affected by COVID-19 in creating clean, friendly & social outdoor alley ways by upcycling waste

by Heidi De Wolf in Gainsborough, England, United Kingdom

LEAP is a Registered Charity providing social housing with support to over 40 individuals in Gainsborough. The charity's overall aim however is to provide clean, safe and social places for people to live. We provide social housing in the ward, however know that feeling safe goes beyond the homes we can provide. 

1595507916_img_7139.jpgOur base, the HATS Community Hub (founded by LEAP in 2017 - see image) is based at the heart of Gainsborough's South West Ward, a ward which finds itself in the top 4% of deprived areas in the UK. Most of the terraced houses in the ward are in poor condition and the area with its many unloved and underused 10ft alley ways attracts lots of anti-social behaviour, making local residents feel undervalued and unsafe.

The Birth of The Alley Cats Project 

Given the lack of few green spaces or safe places where residents can gather, we believe the alley ways could be transformed into clean, friendly and social spaces where neighbours and children can come together and get to know one another. And so The Alley Cats Project idea came into being. 

1597307043_recycled_plastic_bottle_planters.pngThe project will aim to engage local residents into organised activities and workshops, such as litter-picking and tidying up the alley ways before we engage with local artists to run outdoor art, crafting and upcycling workshops, creating decorative items out of waste materials to make the alley ways into cleaner, friendlier and more social spaces, valued, enjoyed and owned by local residents. We believe the connections people make helping each other out during the workshops will set the foundation for neighbours getting to know one another and looking out for one another longer-term.

As well as aiming to restore community pride and ownership, we know from our research that the increase of positive uses of the alley ways will help to discourage anti-social & criminal activities.  

What will your donations be used for

Your donations will contribute to:

  • Purchasing Litter-picking Tools
  • High Viz Jackets
  • Skip Hire 
  • Paying Artists to Run Upcycling Workshops 
  • Arts & Crafts materials, e.g. glue guns, paint etc
  • Drinks & Travel Expenses for  Volunteers
  • Celebration Event
  • Project Coordination

Encouraging Project Volunteering

The project will also help us identify community leaders and volunteers, who we will encourage to form a Residents Participation Group and lead on the planning & delivery of further community-led projects so the ward improvement activities are maintained and expanded upon.

1596009265_picture1.pngIn order to motivate and encourage more residents to volunteer and take part in this community-led improvement project, we will create a recognition scheme for continued participation. Every community volunteer - on day one - will be in receipt of a small round badge (see Mock-Up image), identifying them as an 'Alley Cat'.

Maintaining Momentum

Based on the positive responses from our tenants living in the ward, our Public & Third Sector partners and supporters, we envision that this project will quickly gain momentum and lead to other community-led improvement projects in the ward. For this we would welcome to exceed our target so that we will be able to put money towards employing a dedicated Community Development Worker. 

We cannot achieve positive change without your support. Donations of all sizes are most gratefully received, because ...

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Be an Honorary Alley Cat (for Individual Donors)

All who pledge £10 to The Alley Cats Project will be in receipt of: - an exclusive Alley Cats Badge

£20 or more

Be an Honorary Alley Cat (for Individual Donors)

All who pledge £20 to The Alley Cats Project will be in receipt of: - an exclusive Alley Cats Badge - a free place on one of the Upcycling Workshops

£40 or more

Be an Honorary Alley Cat (for Individual Donors)

All who pledge £40 to The Alley Cats Project will be in receipt of: - an exclusive Alley Cats Badge - two free places on one of the Upcycling Workshops

£50 or more

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Be an Honorary Alley Cat (ideal for Businesses)

The first 20 donors pledging £50 to The Alley Cats project will be in receipt of: - a Thank You Certificate with Bronze-coloured Alley Cats logo - a shout-out on our Social Media - one invite to our Project Completion Celebration Event

£100 or more

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Be an Honorary Alley Cat (ideal for Businesses)

The first 20 donors pledging £100 to The Alley Cats project will be in receipt of: - an e-Thank You card - a Thank You Certificate with Silver-coloured Alley Cats logo - a shout-out on Social Media & the LEAP website - two invites to our Project Completion Celebration Event

£250 or more

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Be an Honorary Alley Cat (ideal for Businesses)

The first 20 donors pledging £250 to The Alley Cats project will be in receipt of: - a Thank You Certificate with Gold-coloured Alley Cats logo - a shout-out on Social Media, the LEAP Website and Annual Report (including your business logo) - two invites to our Project Completion Celebration Event

Let's make 'The Alley Cats - Community Upcycling Project' happen

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