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A housing trust founded by philanthropist George Cadbury is to give community projects in Birmingham and Shropshire a welcome boost by awarding them a share of £14,000 of funding.

Bournville Village Trust, which manages 8,000 homes, will split the money between seven projects which have been shortlisted by the public as part of its Vision 2014 scheme.

Launched in 2011, Vision offers community projects and social enterprises the chance to bid for a share of funding, which they can then use to launch or grow projects that improve their neighbourhoods.

Winners have previously included the Shenley Café, The Busy Parents Network and the Hope Garden Project, which brings different communities together through their love of gardening.

This year, 26 projects are in the running for a slice of the funding, including a pop-up café, community allotment, an indoor bowls club and an electronics re-cycling project.

Voting for Vision closed on Monday (8 September) and this year’s winners will be announced at Bournville Village Trust’s community event – Open View – on Saturday, 20 September.

Ashleigh Evans, Head of Business Improvement at Bournville Village Trust, said: “Vision is all about supporting groups to make their communities even better places to live, an aim that is just as important to the Trust today as it was to our founder George Cadbury 114 years ago.

“Since we launched the scheme, we’ve seen it make a real difference to enterprises and community groups who may otherwise have struggled to raise the cash that they needed to launch and grow their projects.

“We’re now really looking forward to revealing this year’s winners at our Open View event, which will be free entry and full of fun activities for the whole family.”

Open View, which will run from 10.30am to 4pm, will be held at Bournville Village Trust’s office grounds at 350 Bournville Lane and is open to local families and residents of the Trust.

Visitors to the event will be able to learn about the history of Bournville, tuck into tasty food and hear about the work of the Trust, which includes managing 2,500 acres of agricultural land.

They’ll also have the chance to meet Three Counties Show Highland cow and calf ‘supreme champions’, Princess and Baby Princess, which belong to farmer John Monk who farms on the Trust’s agricultural estate. Advice and information on volunteering, the changes to benefits and supported housing will also be available, as well as face painting, games and an up-cycling demonstration.

For more information about Vision, click here.

 

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