Here’s a quick overview of some of the latest projects that YouCan are helping to fund.

Amy Charles from Wolverhampton came to us with a plan to hold a weekly upcycling workshop at Gatis Street gardener’s community centre in Whitmore Reans.

Her aim is to teach children aged 12 and over to refashion their clothes with an emphasis on ethical consumerism and sustainability.  The £300 grant from YouCan will help to buy sewing supplies, second hand clothes, fabric and body forms or mannequins. Amy also plans to use the grant to pay towards stationery and printing, hire cost of the premises and advertising.

Daniel Daly from the Family Pathway Centre, HMP Oakwood, plans to set up a project for prisoners and their families to design, create and build mosaic artwork to be displayed at the centre. ‘Family’ will be the theme of the artwork and the aim is to promote and build positive family ties. Money from the grant will be used to purchase MDF boards, tiles, and grout to help get the project off the ground.

Laura Hill from Leamington Spa got in touch when she was looking for help to set up Safemates. Safemates’ vision is to eliminate loneliness and social exclusion in isolated groups and they want to make a positive difference to the lives of people with a learning disability and autism by offering a high quality, safe relationships service in Coventry and Warwickshire. Laura says: “The idea is to encourage people with a learning disability to be more independent and to have choice and control over their lives. Safemates will be an affordable members-only service, offering local fun and educational activities that vulnerable groups can access.”

The grant will go towards equipment to help organise some social and leisure activities such as a local disco for members, and a summer BBQ. Some of the money will be used to buy sports equipment and they also plan to pay for the printing of leaflets to advertise the project.

Follow them on Twitter @Safemates to keep up to date with the latest news.

Sarran Lloyd from Featherstone youth club was looking to for an opportunity to get more children involved in a wider variety of activities. The youth club offers a safe, secure environment for the children of the local community to play and socialise in and would like to be able to offer more. At the moment they have a football table, bean bags and a small pool table and have always managed to keep their costs low by using the sports hall at the school for free, borrowing some of the school’s equipment such as a badminton net and rackets, gym mats and footballs. Sarran explained: “As we grow, it’s getting harder to occupy the children with the limited equipment we have access to and so we applied to YouCan for a grant £282 to help pay for our next project.”

They will use the grant to buy football pumps, footballs and space hoppers to enable the children to enjoy more outdoor physical activities. Some of the money will also go towards computer games as an Xbox and Nintendo Wii have recently been donated to them. Sarran went on to say: “The grant will also help pay towards art and craft materials to ensure that everyone can get involved, regardless of whether they are physically active and strive to be the next Ronaldo or prefer to spend their free time relaxing and creating the next Banksy piece.”

Michelle Pearson from Coventry got in touch after launching her small business. ‘Impeccable Parties’ offers children’s party services and she wants to be able to offer a balloon service alongside side this. After being awarded £300, Michelle said: “With this funding I will attend the course which will help me become confident in making all types of wedding balloon decorations. The remaining money will go towards a balloon machine that I have been saving for. This machine allows smaller balloons and gifts to be placed inside a larger balloon, another service that a few people have requested.”

We’re looking forward to seeing how these projects progress and will be updating you once we have more news.