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And the winners are…

With the votes counted and the judging over, we’re thrilled to announce the local projects that have successfully won funding from the Aviva Community Fund.

Thank you to everyone that got behind a project and voted. We’re proud to give local community projects the chance to win funding so that together we can do more for the great causes you care about.

Register now for more news about the Aviva Community Fund and to hear when it’ll be back.

Small things can make a big difference

All over the country, local community projects are using ordinary objects to do extraordinary things. From a gardening trowel to a football, any thing can mean everything when it comes to improving local lives through a community project.

And that's what the Aviva Community Fund is all about - helping communities make a big difference through small changes.

How the competition works

Whether you’re looking to solve a problem or speed up an ongoing project, this is your chance to make a real difference to your local community. And it all starts with your great idea…

Put your thinking cap on

What project does your organisation need financial support for that will make a positive impact in your community?

Enter your project

Fill in our short entry form. There are four categories you can enter, and four levels of funding to choose from.

Rally your supporters

Promote your project to as many friends, family members and neighbours as possible to get their votes.

Fingers crossed…

The projects with the most votes will become finalists and judged before the winners are announced.

See the difference funding has made to some of the past winning projects

2016 Winner’s Montage

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I think it will have a lasting impact on everyone involved

Push, push, push, push, push that’s it

Seeing these little shy little flowers just blossom and just open up

Yeah, you do that mast

It’s been really lovely to see that development

I think it’s just all about bringing people together

Such a simple thing, and I feel blessed

Tea and Talk

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Two sugars please.

My name is Zakaria. I’m from Syria. Where I live in Aleppo, Aleppo very dangerous. Not good. I have children. I cannot stand Aleppo.

When I first met the families, it was obvious that they’d been through a lot. They were understandably quite quiet, not very forthcoming, so I set up Tea and Talk with the aim of helping people who didn’t speak English, learn English in a friendly, safe environment.

Hello, how are you? Are you alright?

There was sort of a warmth there – a real warmth, and the more I got to know them the more I realised that it’s my age group they’ve left behind. Their Granny. Their Mum.

I have four brothers and three sisters who live in Syria, Aleppo. Maybe seven years I don’t see my family.

I think it will have a lasting impact on everyone involved. So not just the learners themselves but also volunteers.

You can’t say to me, “What have you given to them?” because I would say, “Very little.” But what they’ve given to me is masses. Masses.

You do have to be dedicated, you do have to be prepared to give up your own time – but after every Tea and Talk I never regret doing it because people have been so happy, and I’ve been happy.

I’m very happy. I love Harrogate, because Harrogate is beautiful. Very nice people. Everything in Harrogate is beautiful.

It’s for super improved in his English work and I got five house points.

I think if you can’t communicate in a new country you miss out on so much. You miss out on making connections with people and feeling part of the community.

We’re all people. We’re all people. Because of that it’s easy to love. It’s easy to love.


Video transcript

*Background singing – Morning has broken*

The children of Carnkie are now adults, and they realise that their home is not the same for their children, as it was for them.

They could go to the shop, go to the school, go to the church. All those buildings have gone now.

All we have left is our village hall.

My name is Therese Jones, people call me Terrie. I’m one of the really lucky people that get the use of this marvellous building. So, on Sunday this is a church, on Saturday it’s the breakfast room. Every day of the week people are in here, every evening, playing badminton, doing Morris dancing, doing *taps on floor* doing clog dancing. It’s a very busy room, and I wish the walls could talk because they’d probably tell you, more than I.

So, Carnkie I suppose it’s not terribly accessible, the people here can be quite isolated. Over the years we’ve lost a shop, we’ve lost the pubs, so the film nights that we do it’s just bringing people together.

The hall, is really the centre, where everybody sits down and they greet each other with hugs and kisses and they have long conversations, they don’t have the opportunity to have those conversations anywhere else. There you are, I think one of those is the winning one, thank you so much!

I would come no matter what film, if it was a film I’d seen 20 times, I would still come.

Come on Maureen, sort it out old girl.

It’s a community, you’re socialising, evening if I’m only making tea.

Good evening everybody, thank you for coming. Enjoy the film! Lights please, and, have a good evening!


They’ve all been on the committee for years and years most of them, they all know what they’re doing, they are brilliant.

I do my best, and I will do my best probably when I’ve got me Zimmer frame.

I don’t have any children of my own...

And can you read out the number for us, really loudly! …But it makes me part of a community…

William says 396

…I borrow other people’s children, and we’re all one family. That’s what it does for me!

Urban buzz

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Going back over ten years, Ley Hill estate’s had a bit of a reputation and the park was considered a bit of a no-go area. Regular fly-tipping and rubbish on the side. Drugs, a lot of vandalism and a lot of people were quite scared to come in the park. Local residents decided they wanted to play an active role and sort of take back the park, and formed a friends group. You know, local people give up their time, work together, to do positive works in the park.

This is what we want to encourage, lovely plant here a purple loosestrife. Here’s one, the bee’s obviously loving it and butterflies.

So, what we’ve done with Urban Buzz is, we selected out groups that are active within their local open space, and what we’re doing is giving people that understanding about the importance of pollinators.

All animals at every level, depend on these creatures including us.

Perfect, we got a white butterfly.

So we’re getting a different range of species in. You know, we’re just starting to realise how vitally important it is to protect and cherish these areas.

Local people have been getting involved because they, they care about their local open space.

And that’s been the gem with the project, it’s been a project about wildlife, but it’s really been the people and the community groups that have helped to make it what it is.

I think the main thing is it’s great to feel as though you’re, you’re making a difference really.

Ooh, we’ve got some hoverflies flies mating here. They’re the voice of a lot of the pollinating insects and the flowers, the trees and without the community having the voice for these areas there’s a chance a lot of it could be lost.

We like trees, we’re not tree haters, but it’s trees in the right spot.

We’re getting there, we’re starting to make real positive change and this park, is a good example. That positivity is fed down to the community and made a real change, a real difference. And hopefully continue for many years to come.

Farsley Girls

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*background conversation*

Look at that… oh very… look at that. Watch Gina. Look at that. Very proper Gina’s got a royal lunge.

I love seeing children smile and be happy, that’s why I… er… I’m involved with football. I love to see a child go from being a little bit self-conscious and a little bit self-aware to just feeling full of joy and happiness and that’s… that’s hand on heart why I do it.

Push, push, push, push. That’s it. Good running, good running.

It’s not just about football, and when I first got involved I initially thought it was. But what actually happens is friendship, sisterhood, a bonding of these young innocent children, a sense of togetherness that goes really beyond football.

It’s about relationships that will get them through the rest of their lives. It’s about trusting in other people, trusting in your peers. And it’s an absolute joy to watch.

Some of these little girls, I’ve seen them personally come with no confidence whatsoever.

I’ve always had friends at football but at school I’ve only got like a couple of friends.

Unfortunately, she had a personal tragedy at five years old which really knocked her confidence. She used to cry in the night and say she doesn’t know how to make friends. She’d like to do it but she doesn’t know how. She doesn’t understand why she is different. So, we started her up with football and instantly her confidence just picked up. They all just build each other up and the only thing she wants to do is play football.

It’s all about fun at this age, but what that’s brought out in the girls is just this self-confidence, this self-belief.


They’ve developed so much it’s unbelievable. I mean these were girls that could literally not kick a football.

We were absolutely rubbish at the beginning, but we got better. We got better right?

We are friends. We all work together. Even if we win or lose we’re still friends and we’re still happy, and that makes us a good team.

Who are we?! Farsley!

Have we got some talent? Yeah. We, really have. We really have got some talent.

So, do I believe any of my little girls can make it? Damn right I do. Yeah, definitely.

Voice of a child

Video transcript

*background conversation*

I first came to the Puppet Theatre as a child, with my school, and I loved it and it was magic.

You can do it any colour. I’m going to do my one pink because I love pink.

And so, I kind of got into working here because of the amazing experience that it gave to me.

Puppets are great. They provide a non-confrontational way of people being able to exchange information and it might be something a child doesn’t want to say themself and the puppet they’re working with can explain their emotions.

Then stick it on. There we go. You got your own monster.

The puppets don’t judge you and you don’t judge the puppets. They just play together and explore ideas and also nobody really gets hurt.

Yeah, you do the monster.

The idea was that the Puppet Theatre could help us use puppets as a way of communication, as a tool of communication.

Puppets can take away that very direct and quite intimidating time that you can have with a child, when you’re desperately trying to sort of understand the world from that child’s perspective.

The great thing about this project is seeing them develop over that time has been really special for our workshop leaders. They’ve seen children who wouldn’t talk engage in conversations.

Wooooo! *laughter*

That for me is the reason I do my job. To know that I’ve even played a small part in providing a space or an opportunity for that to be able to happen just fills me with so much joy.

You know we’re always learning, we’re always on that journey, but for me it’s where we get that support from the community and the people of Norwich and the Puppet Theatre. That’s what’ll make the difference for us.


Video transcript

Every week we collect surplus food from supermarkets or other retailers. We take that food from the supermarket and we bring it to homeless shelters.

We cook a community meal together, as equals, there’s no fancy service from the front its, everyone together.

I’m Hannah, I set up FEAST! In June 2015 when I moved into the area. I could see that there was a need, that there were people who needed food and didn’t have ready access to it and that there was lots of food being thrown away on a regular basis.

Its mad to think that this much food, every day, from every supermarket is just literally getting tossed in the bin.

We have a buzzing team of volunteers and todays special volunteer is Danny Care.

I can’t remember the last time I peeled a potato but, its all coming flooding back to me here.

My upbringing was very much waste not want not, be grateful for the things you have, repurpose everything. Can you take this misshapen mushy pepper or carrot and use it for something?

Oh god, my eyes. No no that’s fine… yeah go on then.

So we’re here to see what FEAST! are getting up to and their work in the community. Puts everything in perspective massively for me, little things like not throwing away food that you would do clearing out your kitchen. I’m certainly going to think twice about what I can do with food.

Tastes good.

So the aim of the project really is to prevent malnutrition, prevent waste and to encourage community cohesion.

What do you think it means to the residents to have this sort of meal cooked for them?

When your life gets very difficult, taking care of yourself becomes even more of a chore than it is, than it is otherwise. And I think having people care enough to come and make this food for them, it’s a bit of a spiritual lift.


Yeah exactly.

And someone to talk to…

Exactly and its, and its creating a community connection which is, rare nowadays actually I think.

I love volunteering for FEAST! I come here every Thursday and FEAST! brings a lot of motion, a lot of chaos and a lot of fun to the residents.

Lets just give a big thank you to all these amazing volunteers. Thank you so much.

I’m genuinely blown away by coming and visiting FEAST! Hannah’s passion for her idea and her, her vision of what she wanted to do is, is amazing. For me it just shows how impactful the Aviva Community Fund can be. You’ve seen what a massive thing it can do and the whole group come together for, for a great thing for the community.

Its really socially enabling. So there’s a lot of great things and this is just the beginning.