£5,000 Grant Supports Community Shop To Thrive In Beeston

15/05/24 - A community shop has thrived thanks to a £5,000 grant from Broxtowe Borough Council’s UK Shared Prosperity Funding.

The Plane Tree Independent CIC in Beeston is a community shop which is designed to support those with additional needs to gain retail training and experience. 

They applied for the grant through the Good Ideas Fund, which Broxtowe Borough Council established as a way to distribute a substantial portion of the area’s UKSPF funding allocation for 2022/23, with projects completed by March 2024.

The grant has enabled the shop to buy new furniture to expand onto the pavement outside of its premises, giving extra space for social and creative activities, as well as increasing the number of volunteer and trainee opportunities.

Just some of the extra opportunities the grant has afforded include:

  • More drop in events for the public giving service users opportunities to make and serve refreshments and raise the profile of the shop.
  • Regular Meet, Make and Mooch drop ins – Free table top craft activities available to anyone.
  • Organised socials including visits from day services supporting adults with additional needs such as ‘Space Inclusive’ and ‘Feel Alive Hub’.
  • Hosting an art installation as part of Beeston Light Night.
  • A place for the local community to come together and discuss local issues.
  • Increase in customers and support for the Plane Tree by raising their profile.
  • ‘The Beestonian’ volunteer-led community magazine have used the space to reach the public, promote the magazine and highlight community issues.
  • Being part of sculptor Rachel Carter’s ‘Standing In Her Place’ project where people learnt to braid and found out more about the history of the cotton trade. Braids were sent to Rachel to become part of her sculpture made in collaboration with the Legacy Makers.

Shelly Wood, Director of The Plane Tree said: “It has been amazing to see the impact of this funding, not just on our service users but on the wider community in Broxtowe and it has really helped us to establish new links and partnerships. For example, Middle Street Resource Centre held a tree sapling sale in the new outdoor space and promoted the centre. Their volunteers have in return helped us to improve the area even further by making us two lovely outdoor planters.” 

Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Councillor Milan Radulovic MBE said: “In total, we supported 22 projects through The Good Ideas Fund during 2022/23 and it really enabled us to put funds into the hands of the people who know and understand our communities and how to support them best. Last year, we were also able to support additional projects to help residents with employment and skills, financial resilience, provide cultural events and activities, cycle training and more. We are now working with recipients of our grant funding for 2024/25 to deliver further projects across the Borough over the next 12 months which will benefit local people in our community.”

As part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, Broxtowe will receive a total of £2,584,477 over a three-year period. Projects for the final year 2024/25, including local business and skills support, will total £1.6m.

For more information visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/sharedprosperityfund

Communications Team