Whether it’s tackling isolation in over 55s, discussing bullying and knife crime with young people or sprucing up the local community through art, our Community Investment Fund, has really enhanced the lives of our customers and the local communities we work in.

Over the past year, 27 projects across England have benefitted from £179,000 in investment through our Community Investment Fund, managed by our Places Impact and Neighbourhoods teams.

A further £20,000 has also been awarded to four strategic projects through the Touchstone Fund, overseen by the Group’s registered charity, The Places Foundation, and the Travis Perkins Legacy Fund.

In total, over 26,000 people, including 11,000 young people, have benefited from the projects with over 700 people supported into training and a further 150 into work.

Community investment in action

Manor Youth Club, Sheffield

Manor Youth Club provides a safe place for young people aged 10-16 to meet. They offer indoor sports, arts and crafts and computer games and trips out, as well as discussing important issues that affect young people in the community, such as bullying and knife crime.

The club is run in partnership by the Place Team in Sheffield and My Life Project Sheffield, and is funded through the Travis Perkins Legacy Fund.

Shape Lancashire

Working with Shape Lancashire, we are supporting over 55s with digital inclusion, tackling isolation and wellbeing activities including trips out and social events. Thanks to funding, the service has been expanded to a total of 11 schemes running across Lancashire.

Willingdon Trees Community Centre, East Sussex

We have been supporting the centre for two years and it has been a great success, with over 8,000 visits in the last year. The centre now delivers baby and toddler classes, social sessions for over 55s and adult literacy classes. It provides a lively and social atmosphere for the local community.

ArtLink Hull

The Community Investment team partnered with ArtLink, an art company in Hull, The Arts Council and Hull City Council to help engage the Springback area of the city with creative arts. The overall appearance of the area has been improved with community murals and the project has brought the local community together.

Working in partnership

These projects are delivered in partnership with the Group’s Place Teams, who manage our neighbourhoods, and external partners around the country. The projects are based around the following five themes to support people to overcome barriers and challenges, achieve their potential and improve our neighbourhoods:

  1. Training and Employment
  2. Tenancy Sustainability
  3. Youth Diversionary Activities
  4. Digital/Financial inclusion
  5. Health and Wellbeing

Tony Hennon, Project Coordinator for the Community Investment Fund, said: "It is a pleasure to work with Place colleagues across the Places for People Group, Places Impact and many organisations around the country to help improve the lives of our customers and the wider community through these projects."