The Cherries Community Fund released £13,000 back into the community with the March 2017 batch of funding.
The list of worthy causes the money was donated to is as follows:
- £1,000 to the Ocean Academy, Poole to assist with football equipment for the newly created school, for use by children of the local community to benefit from.
- £1,000 donated to the Victoria Community Boccia Club, to help fund equipment and kit for the Boccia Club. Victoria Boccia Club is one of the first in the community, and open to all ages.
- A donation of £1,000 to SafeWise, a local centre that provides safety education at no cost for all children in Dorset, teaching them how to stay safe on the roads, in the home and at play. This funding will cover the cost for 40 local children to learn about staying safe.
- £500 donated to Winchelsea school to assist with purchasing specialist outdoor equipment for children attending the school with a range of special needs.
- £1,000 to the Bournemouth Christians Alongside Roughsleepers to reduce rough sleeping in Bournemouth. This project is running a hub for its third year and assists with providing emergency accommodation, providing beneficiaries with a place that they can clean up and wash their few clothes and prepare for potential interviews giving them a much better chance of success moving their lives forward.
- £1,000 to the orthodontic department within Bournemouth Hospital to assist with the funding of refurbishing the waiting area for local people to ensure there is no cross-contamination issues.
- £1,000 donation to the Dorchester Opportunity Group, to help funding of weekly music sessions. The Dorchester Opportunity Group is a non-profit making charity providing high quality learning opportunities for children under 5 with disabilities or additional needs and support for their families.
- £718.00 donated to the Blandford School to assist with 50% of the funding for equipment to allow them to set up a freestyle gymnastics club. The club aims to attract individuals who traditionally haven’t engaged with extracurricular activities.
- £1,000 donate to Longfleet Youth FC DSActive programme to help fund new training equipment. Longfleet Youth FC DSActive run football training sessions for people of all ages with Down’s syndrome. The programme is not only aimed to improve co-ordination and sporting techniques but also to increase player’s emotional and physical well being, whilst providing a place to develop new friendships and social networks.
- £1,000 to the Bournemouth Hospital Charity to help fund a sensory garden for patients with dementia, so that they have a place that they can relax away from the clinical setting.
- £1,000 donated to the Providence Surgery to assist with funding there “rough sleepers health bus”. The health bus will be located next to St Stephen’s Church in Bournemouth and offer health care to people who are homeless and sleeping rough in Bournemouth.
- A donation of £1,000 to Over the Rainbow to help fund the day to day running, sustain and develop the Over the Rainbow LGBT community hub. The Over the Rainbow premises in St Michael’s Road, Bournemouth, hosts a wide range of LGBT friendly services, which include transgender and sexuality support, weekly sexual health clinic, and support groups as well as teaching young people in schools about the effects of homophobic bullying.
- £500 donated to Dorchester Youth Raiders u11’s to assist them with funding for new football and training kit.
- £900.00 to Bournemouth Cricket Club to help fund new carpet for the pavilion. The Bournemouth cricket club pavilion is used by 150 young cricketers, 60 adult cricketers as well as Bournemouth University, Dorset cricket, 6 local schools and Bournemouth archery club.