Our Community Projects
Our Community Projects
Do you have a good idea that will benefit your community?
Over the last year we have held a number of community meetings throughout the district to promote the help and support available from the Craven Local Action Teams who may help to support and develop your community project ideas. The projects listed below are all those that came forward at the meetings, if you would like to get involved in a project or are an organisation who can help with a project please contact the Policy Development Officer
If you have a good idea for a project in your local area, please contact the Policy Development Officer to discuss your project idea and the support available locally from the Craven Local Action Teams and Craven Localism Fund that could help get your project off the ground or build upon a project you have already started.
Sunflowers - Skipton Community Arts
Sunflowers Arts Project proposes to build upon the success of art and craft workshops already ran in the community and in Cravens schools. An opportunity to lease a currently disused waving mill in Skipton has been identified to be able to expand the project. This project proposes to use the mill as a community arts venue to run an array of art and craft workshops and provide open studio space to local artists. The project have many outcomes for the community such as building self-esteem and confidence, bringing the community together and providing adult learning opportunities.
Long Preston Playing Fields Association
The Long Preston Playing Fields Association would like to improve the existing playing field facilities at Long Preston for the use of the community. This would include carrying out repairs to equipment already installed, putting power into the Pavilion so that it can be used for events and parties. They would like the area to become a space for the whole community to use and will be holding a public meeting and other consultation events to get views from local people.
Village library services and computer classes for older people
This project would like to see village library services and computer classes for older people in Kildwick & Farnhill Institute. The library and computer classes could be used for inter-generational work, helping older people for getting better deals from shopping on line, would open up the possibility of group buying and reducing social isolation and increasing use of the institute. They have a strong room at the institute from a previous post office project which would also mean that there was secure storage for laptops etc.
I Hope (Ingleton Health Organisations Project Education and Enterprise)
This project is well underway and focuses on changing the use of Ingleton Middle School and component parts into a health and well being centre. The centre will include health start-up business units, doctors premises, Craven Wonderers, training zone, Pioneer Projects, Age Concern and will consider other community groups, enterprises that may be interested in getting involved . This project will enable the community to retain the use of the middle school as a community asset after its closure in 2012. The project has successfully has been won a Village SOS start up grant to help it along the way and parking, access, allotment area, collection of services will help to generate income and sustain the project. Visit the Village SOS website for further information about the I Hope project.
Gargrave Community Gardens
This project is inspired by Incredible Edible in Todmorden, a community growing scheme. The project would like to investigate the possibility of including some community gardens in the development of a privately owned playground and campsite at Gargrave.
Farnhill Allotment Gardens
An piece of glebe land (land belonging to the church) in Kildwick has been identified as a potential site for some allotments. The land currently belongs to the diocese of Bradford and allowing the community to make use of the land would contribute to the health and well being of the local community. Could the LAT help to give it credibility?
Newby Road (Farnhill)
A piece of waste land in Farnhill near to the canal which would be good to tidy up. This would open up opportunities for events such as Farnhill in Bloom and encourage more community involvement and people using the canal for leisure activities. To progress the project the group are looking for a partnership approach with a contractor who is able to provide advice about carrying out street works and volunteers to help. Materials for the project have already been sourced.
Grassington In Bloom
A Grassington In Bloom competition was suggested for Grassington to annually to encourage the community to think about things such as the environment, recycling, wildlife, the community. It may also encourage people to grow their own.
Community Compost Scheme
A patch of land had been identified behind Grassington Town Hall car park in which local people have been able to dispose of their organic matter such as garden waste and other compostable items. The intention is to sell the compost back to the community to help sustain the project.
Cafe for Older People
A project has been suggested to set up a cafe for older people in Grassington so that they have a meeting point to avoid older people becoming isolated in their own homes. The project could also help older people to develop IT skills and do inter-generational work with younger people in the community.
A community project to set up a youth cafe in Grassington has been suggested. This would give young people in Grassington and its outlying areas a place to meet in the evening which have positive activities for young people to get involved in.
Friends of Aireville Park
A project has been put forward to start or re-establish the existing Friends of Aireville Park Group which will aim to get more events and facilities in Aireville Park. The group will be community led so that the local people have a say about what happens in their park and the services it has for local people.
Neuro Lingustic Programming
This project is looking to set up Counselling/Therapy, Hypnotherapy workshops and one to one sessions in the Craven area using skills such as: Counselling, Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming/Psychology, Group Workshops. These sessions will help people to deal with issues such as low confidence, smoking, drug use, phobias, fears, sleep problems, depression, habit disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, anxiety, stress, weight problems, sexual problems, confusion, procrastination and anything else.
Settle Scout Hut
The Settle Scouts already have a scout hut in the national park and want to improve the hut so it can have a wider use in the community, the project I looking to update and include the toilet, cloakroom and facilities and include disabled access at the venue.
This project is looking at making Settle more sustainable.
Bentham Club House
The Bentham Beagles running club was set up in October 2011 and has been very successful, the club hosted a 10k race in July 2012. Due to the success of the running club and the amount of people taking part in sporting activities in the area a project idea has been put forward to redevelop the the Club House on Bentham playing fields to increase the amount of people doing sport in the local area and improve the existing club house to include more modern sports facilities and opportunities for local people.
Leeds - Morcambe Community Rail Partnership and Friends of Bentham Railway
The Leeds - Morcambe railway is a community rail partnership which has just received 'designation', this mean there can be greater involvement of residents in the Bentham line between Skipton and Heysham Port. The Friends of Bentham Railway would like to use this opportunity to develop a number of projects which encourage more people into the area including, a piece of art at each of the stations on the line reflecting the heritage of the railway; regenerate natural habitat for wildlife on station bridge; extend the Bentham Heritage Trail to include the railway station and encourage more people to get off the train at Bentham; create extra gardens in the railway station to link in with Bloomin Bentham to provide planters, window boxes, composting bins, edible gardens and water butts at the station.