About Steve Nestor

Hi, I'm one of the writers for the YouCan Foundation website. If you've been approved for a grant, please get in touch to update me on your project and get your story featured on the site.

BromGolf 2016

We're delighted to confirm that BromGolf 2016, our largest fundraising event of the year, has raised an incredible £8,802 for our YouCan Foundation. It is the second year Bromford has match funded '£ for £' the £4401 net total raised by colleagues and business partners at Birmingham's Shirley Golf Club on 8th September 2016. YouCan is our fund to enable people to bring their ideas to life to help their communities. Every penny raised will now go towards helping customers unlock their potential by giving them the opportunity to bid for grants of up to £300. Head of business improvement Richard Hicks, who helped organise the event, said: "Another successful year and we are extremely grateful for the 18 teams from our business partner community, some attending for the first time, along with teams of Bromford colleagues, making it a total of 23 teams taking part which exceeds last year. We had some amazing donations and gifted promise items which we were able to raffle and auction to raise extra funds." How did the day unfold? Yet again the golf day basked in brilliant sunshine as everyone gathered early to energise themselves with a delicious breakfast before heading out. We had teams from Bromford, iTracking, R&R Fixings, MIS-Active Management Systems, Jewson, Novus, Stafford Industrial Supplies, Gilmore Building Supplies, J Tomlinson, Hewer FM Ltd, Valliant, David Wilson Homes, Worcester Bosch, City Electrical Factors, Akzo Nobel- Dulux, Ian Williams Ltd, Cirencester Intruder Alarms, Augusta, Myson Radiators and Fernox. After a light lunch, the agenda of the day moved on to some more fundraising activities. As a result of kind donations by our business partners we again had some great items to auction and raffle and, along with the [...]

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00September 23rd, 2016|Fundraising|0 Comments

Play in the park

The summer holidays are here and children everywhere are looking forward to six weeks away from school. But any parent will tell that it doesn’t take long for the novelty to wear off and boredom to set in. Luckily for the young people (and their parents) of Burntwood in Staffordshire there will be plenty on offer during this year’s holidays. Burntwood Town Council, working with Gemma Davis, who is part of the local Asset Based Community Development Project, along with other local organisations are running eight ‘Play in the Park’ events over the summer holidays. Taking place in the parks of Burntwood, Chasetown and Chase Terrace the aim of the events is to bring the community together and build relationships with residents and improve community cohesion and pride in the area. Best of all, the events are free of charge! Jennifer Knobbs is involved in the organisation of the events and she applied to the YouCan Foundation for a grant of £300 to help to fund some activities at the events including a fairground ride, bubble machine, badminton set, and quick cricket set. Jennifer said: “This project is an excellent opportunity to build links with local community groups and in particular the young people of Burntwood through fun, engaging and healthy events such as bouncy castles, face painting, mini football tournaments, bubble football, sand pits, bubble play pit and rounders.” The eight ‘Play in the Park’ events will be taking place throughout and you can be part of the fun by going along to any of the sessions listed below: Elder Lane Park - Monday 1 August Redwood Park  - Wednesday 3 August Open House, Cherry Close - Tuesday 9 August St Matthews Field -  Thursday [...]

By |2016-07-25T15:29:48+00:00July 25th, 2016|Successful Applicants|0 Comments

Going for gold

Elizabeth Bacon and Kerry Mcabe Crowley are the lead youth workers for the Fun Club. They work with Lichfield District Council, Positive Futures, the Police, Entrust and Liberty to offer young people involved in, or on the cusp of being involved in, anti-social behaviour (ASB) a better future. Elizabeth recently approached the YouCan Foundation for a grant of £300 to go towards food and refreshments for family fun days and barbeques that are planned over the summer holidays in Lichfield and Burntwood. Elizabeth said: “By working closely with the local community, the Fun Club have already built up positive relationships with young people and their parents and these family days will help to reinforce those relationships. “Part of the SPACE project set up by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to offer activities for young people aged 11- 17 over the summer holiday, we will be working with 15 young people from Burntwood and 15 from Lichfield who have been chosen to take part in residential and family days to support and represent their community. “The funding will support the ‘Road to Rio’ project in which the Fun club will be celebrating the Olympics with craft activities, sport competitions, and inter-sport games. “This will be supported and organised by the senior groups who will volunteer to organise the family days to be held in the summer holidays in Burntwood and Lichfield. The project will culminate in a residential at the end of the holidays to bring the senior young people together in team building and social skills activities. “ The Fun Club will be working with professionals such as the Police, Fire service, T3, Preventing CSE Team and Positive futures. The two Burntwood family [...]

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00July 25th, 2016|Successful Applicants|0 Comments

Paint the Day

Do you ever stop and look around? I mean really look around. We take so much for granted and too often our busy lives don’t allow us to take a moment to pause and appreciate our surroundings. Paint the Day aims to change this. The Wolverhampton based art festival is inviting people of all ages and abilities to create artwork to celebrate and promote the visual diversity and hidden riches of the Whitmore Reans area of Wolverhampton. Harry Thomas, U18 winner Last year the event, organised the Newhampton Arts Centre, tempted 55 artists on to the streets to create their very own unique and contrasting views of the city and the aim this year is to almost double that. Christine McGowan, Newhampton Arts Centre manager said: “Last year 780 people got involved in all sorts of different ways. There were 55 artists plus observers, judges, visitors and curious members of the public. We’re hoping to increase this to 1,000 people this year, including 100 artists of all ages and levels of experience. Mike Massingham, winner 2015 “We’re also really excited to announce that this year there will be a photography competition to encourage more people to get actively involved. We have no external funding so Paint the Day 2016 is being entirely supported by the generosity of local people and businesses. We applied to YouCan for a community grant to help us add the photography aspect to the day. I’m really happy to say that we were awarded £200 that has enabled us to offer a first prize of £100 and two runner-up prizes of £20 each, with the rest going towards marketing costs.” This year’s event starts on Saturday 2 July when [...]

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00June 27th, 2016|Successful Applicants|0 Comments

YouCan helps Lorraine put her best foot forward

Lorraine Turk from Birmingham recently trained as a podiatrist with the aim of becoming self-employed. But even fully qualified she was struggling to build a client base for her new business venture that offers visits to customers in the comfort of their own home. Lorraine said: “Being qualified is one thing, but affording the specialist equipment is another. I needed an ultrasonic cleaner and other specialist podiatry tools so that I could offer my clients a professional service. Those things don’t come cheap and I was finding it hard to save the money, but then I was told about YouCan. I had no idea that I could apply for a grant for help with my business. “With an ageing population and diabetes on the rise, podiatrists are in increasing demand and I wanted to put myself in the best position possible by having the latest equipment.” Lorraine applied for £300 from YouCan. Her plan was to spend some of the grant on uniforms and advertising but the bulk was to be spent on specialist tools and an ultrasonic cleaner. The grant application was passed and Lorraine was awarded £300. She said: “It’s a great help. My business, Footsense Podiatry, is now growing and my family are supporting me too. Thanks to this help I’m now really positive about the future.”   If a £300 grant would help you bring your bright idea to life, please get in touch?

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00June 20th, 2016|Successful Applicants|0 Comments

Community all set for a good old pampering

Susan from Wolverhampton spotted a gap in the market for hair and beauty services for older people who live in care homes in the area. Her mother currently lives in a large sheltered scheme and, during her visits, Susan noticed that there was a distinct lack of pampering available for the residents. Susan said: “I’ve got my beauty certificates and really enjoy making people feel a bit spoilt and special – it’s good to feel nice about yourself. I asked around at the scheme where mum is living and got a fantastic response to my idea of starting a beauty treatment service. “I’ve always fancied being self-employed and having my own business, but the only problem I had was finding the money to get started. My skills coach told me all about Business Enterprise Support and also how I could apply for up to £300 from the YouCan foundation - so I thought, why not?” Susan applied for a grant of £300 which she plans to put towards covering the costs of an edge quick dip nail system, Attraction liquid and powder, an easy wax kit, nail varnishes, a hair dryer, straighteners and a heated roller kit – not forgetting the all-important public liability insurance. She plans to offer free hair, beauty, manicure and nail painting service to the older people in the many care homes in her local area, with a view to expanding and becoming self-employed in the future. Susan said: “This grant will really help towards the costs of products and equipment to start up and last me through the first six to eight weeks until I build up my client base.” If you have an idea that a £300 grant could help with, [...]

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00June 3rd, 2016|Successful Applicants|0 Comments

Easy as 1,2,3

Misbah Khan spotted a gap in the market when it comes to private tuition. Misbah, from Walsall, noticed that there’s lots of support for children aged 11 and over but when it came to younger children there was nothing available in her area. Struggling to find anywhere for her own daughter to get extra help, Misbah carried out some market research locally by talking to parents and schools and identified that there was a need for a private tuition service for children aged between one and seven. Armed with this information she wrote a business plan and approached the job centre for further advice on how to progress her business idea. She attended various workshops and Little Bright Start Tuition was born. She now works with a PeoplePlus advisor who offers a personalised support service. This has helped Misbah set up and run her business which offers help with reading, writing, phonics, problem solving and confidence building. Thanks to this help Misbah has started delivering private tutoring to a couple of customers at the weekends but is looking to expand – that’s where YouCan comes in. She approached the foundation, which helps people start up and pursue bright ideas, and has recently been awarded a grant of £300. This will help her to buy more workbooks for the different age groups and will also pay for the printing of promotional leaflets that will be handed out to families, schools and nurseries in the Walsall area. Watch this space to find out how she gets on. If you have an idea that a £300 YouCan grant might be able to help with, please get in touch.  

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00April 25th, 2016|Successful Applicants|0 Comments

Community wellbeing group receives grant boost

Friends 2 Friends is a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities and they approached YouCan for a grant of £300 to help with their plan of starting a healthy living group for people in and around Burntwood in Staffordshire. The new group, called Good 2 Live, is not just for people living with a learning disability as Alison Wellon from the charity explains: “This group is open to everyone with our aim being to reach as many people of Burntwood and the surrounding areas as possible to create a group with a real community feel. “We’re hoping to attract older people, parents, and people living with mental health conditions as well as those with a learning disability. Everyone is welcome and this grant will allow us to pay for venue hire, enable us to advertise the group and will go towards the cost of cooking equipment and stationery. “Friends 2 Friends are match funding the amount of the grant by providing volunteer hours to the value of £300 to run Good 2 Live. We’re really looking forward to offering healthy lunches and getting the group members involved in healthy living activities and wellbeing sessions aimed at building confidence and taking care of yourself physically and mentally. “To launch the weekly wellbeing group we’ve organised a free event to take place on Monday 9 May at Cherry Close in Burntwood. The two-hour event is open to all and will include a graffiti art workshop, street dance, aromatherapy, healthy living information, a raffle and the all-important buffet lunch - the fun starts at 10.30am so please come and join us.” To find out more about the open day and the future plans for Good 2 Live [...]

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00April 18th, 2016|Successful Applicants, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cricket club hoping to be bowled over by community fun day

John Farmer from Burntwood in Staffordshire has taken advantage of funding made available to anyone who has an idea that could help bring people together to make a difference to their communities. John said: “Our local cricket club is in need of some ground maintenance and repairs to improve the facilities and we’re looking for volunteers to come along and help out. To make it more appealing for people I thought it would be a good idea to organise a community event at the club. “The idea is to get as many people involved as possible and we thought the best way to do this is make the weekend as family friendly as possible. “I applied for £200 from YouCan to pay for a bouncy castle and inflatable football game and this money will also allow us to provide free food for everyone who comes along to help out. “We’re hoping that all of the community turn out for the event which takes place at Burntwood St. Matthews Cricket Club on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 of April – with the free entertainment and food on offer it should be a fantastic weekend.” YouCan offer grants of up to £300 so if you have an idea that needs a little help to bring it to life, why not apply here.

By |2016-11-30T09:12:58+00:00March 23rd, 2016|Successful Applicants|0 Comments

Grant support to help bring your community together

Staffordshire County Council have joined forces with YouCan to help small groups of residents living in the Lichfield District do something they enjoy and make a difference to their community. Grants of up to £300 are available to residents of Lichfield who have a bright idea that will help make a difference to their community. It might be that you want to start a sports club and need help to buy equipment, or you could be thinking of starting a gardening group but can't afford to buy tools and seeds; you could have a passion for knitting and want to share this with others but need a little help to buy wool, needles and patterns. Whatever your idea, you can apply for a grant of up to £300 if you can show us that: There are at least five people involved in total Everyone can contribute their time, energy and commitment to make the idea a success That the idea can bring people in your community together   How can I use the grant? To give you some more ideas of how you could use one of these grants to help bring your community together take a look at how these groups have used the funding they received from YouCan : Dave and Angela Gallagher live in Lichfield and love to fundraise. Both suffer from poor health so “it gives us something to take our minds off our illnesses and we like to help the community.” They came up with the idea of a summer fete but were unable to raise the funding themselves so applied for a £300 grant from YouCan which went towards the costs of advertising, refreshments & entertainment. The fete was a [...]

By |2015-12-11T15:09:18+00:00December 8th, 2015|News|0 Comments