Following its launch in June this year, over £4,000 has already been raised and numerous lives have been changed by community groups in Derby, supported by crowdfunding donations.
The first project to reach its target was the ‘No Hungry Kid’ project by Spectrum Derbyshire. The project aimed to feed Derby children who are entitled to free school meals but wouldn’t receive them during the school holidays. Through Crowdfund Derby, the project was able to raise the £1000 it needed in just 35 days allowing Derby school children to get a hot and nutritious lunchtime meal as well as take part in activities.
The project was also supported by a group of dedicated volunteers who donated their time and skills to help cook and arrange activities for the children.
The second project to both meet and exceed its funding target was Inspirative Arts Derby. This community organisation specialises in providing creative arts therapies to Derby people who have learning difficulties, autism and other disabilities as well as people experiencing mental health issues and experiences of loss, trauma or unexpected change.
The £2066 raised by Derby Crowdfunders will allow the group to provide over 50 specialist one-to-one or group sessions to people with no access to funding but who need the support the sessions provide.
Philippa Buchanan, a Director at Inspirative arts explains how their Crowdfunding success has already begun to benefit the lives of Derby people.“We will be using some of the crowdfunding money to enable us to restart work in a city centre school with a group of young people who have learning, behavioural, social, emotional and mental health problems and who are approaching transitions in their lives. We worked in the school previously through a charity funded pilot programme and made a huge difference to the young people we worked with – enabling them to express their feelings safely, using fun and creative ways of connecting with each other, sharing concerns, and developing coping strategies and life skills. The school were really keen for us to return and work with another group of young people, as the children we worked with previously were all showing really positive outcomes, like improved behaviour, better engagement in the classroom, and improved academic outcomes. Our generous crowdfunding donors will enable us to work together again and bring tremendous benefits to these children.”
Councillor Amo Raju, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “It’s wonderful to see the real, positive impact that Crowdfunding is having on communities in Derby. I really hope that we can build on the success of these two brilliant projects and that more people come forward with their ideas to help build stronger communities together.”
Crowdfund Derby is a partnership between Derby City Council, Community Action Derby and Crowdfunder.