Brighton Students Launch Local Community Fund

Date: January 12th 2016

BACA Pegasus Awards 2016 2Students from the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) have been working with mentors from Lloyds Banking Group Brighton to develop a way to distribute £4,500 funding locally. The funding is made available from an endowment fund set up by the Aldridge Foundation, the Academy’s sponsor, and overseen by Sussex Community Foundation which allows the academy to spend the annual interest on community focused initiatives.

Students designed a logo, devised a mission statement and developed the criteria and application process which will include a whole school vote for all BACA students to take part and determine how the money is allocated.

The student steering group wants the money to go towards funding “Fun learning activities in Bevendean, Coldean and Moulsecoomb for young people (aged between 5 and 18 yrs. old) so that they can be safe, stay fit and be connected to their community.”

Groups can apply for up to £500 to help achieve this vision and will be asked to submit a 2 minute video by Wednesday 10 February 2016. Voting will take place in school and all applicants will be informed of the outcome by Thursday 24 March 2016.

Chloe, year 7 student at BACA, said “The best thing about taking part in the Pegasus group so far is thinking about how to use money sensibly. This could be useful when I’m older if I decided to set up my own business or something. I’m looking forward to seeing who will apply and getting to meet and talk to them.”

Adam Muirhead, Youth Work Manager at The Trust For Developing Communities said, “Congratulations to the BACA team for getting to this stage – a lot of work has gone in and it’s exciting for us out in the community to have had this award launched now. I will definitely be supporting local young people’s groups to apply.”

“It’s been inspiring watching the students all contribute together to make the project take shape and l’m looking forward to supporting them when they decide how to award the funds. Their teamwork and professionalism leaves me in no doubt that the money is in safe hands and will go to some very deserving causes.” Alex Page, part of the Lloyds Banking Group Brighton mentoring team.

Natasha Silsby, Community Manager at BACA, adds, “It’s been a fantastic way to help students think about what is important to them and how to actively support their community. The group have worked really hard with their Lloyds mentors and have had some lively discussions. It’s really been a great way to encourage young people to make decisions and I can’t wait to see the different sorts of projects who apply.”

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