Den style contest picks community winners in Burnham
community groups in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have
received financial boosts this week after
successfully pitching their ideas to a panel of judges at an event
styled on the BBC's hit TV show Dragon's Den.
and District Lions Club held the 'Lions Den' event at The Princess
Theatre where representatives from Highbridge & Burnham Youth
Project, Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club, Somewhere House,
The Three Streets Project and The Care Centre made their bids.
"It was a very successful event and our thanks go to everyone
who helped in organising and participating in the event. We had
very positive feedback on the day and I believe we achieved our
objectives of identifying new community groups and raising the
club's profile," one of the judges, Andrew Bryant, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
The groups pitching for help included The Care Centre, which
aims to service to local self-help groups to improve recovery,
reduce stress levels and provide advocacy and therapies to those
in need. It was awarded £500 to provide tables and chairs
for the centre when premises become available.
Three Streets Project, a group focusing on building community
cohesion for local residents, was given £160 to provide
a noticeboard to advertise local events in The Grove, Gardenhurst
and Marlborough Court neighbourhood and a pledge to assist in
a community event.
Highbridge & Burnham Youth Project will assist, facilitate
and equip better youth facilities by providing training for specialist
youth workers in the area of drug prevention and other social
enhancing activities. £500 was awarded to the group to fund
two drug awareness training programmes. The panel was so impressed
with this project and recommended that on a successful 3 month
report back, the group applied to the club for additional funding.
Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club put in a bid to provide assistance
in securing a lease on training premises more suitable to their
needs. It was awarded £500 towards securing a lease on new
Burnham's Somewhere House also put in a bid for funding
to enable the start-up of a project to offer low cost counselling
to support groups, workshops and secondary schools in the field
of addiction and mental health issues.
The panel supported the aims and objectives of this group but
as it is in the early stages of development and associated with
an existing business more financial information and visibility
was required. The business member of the panel, Tom Ashton, is
to work with the group to provide a detailed business plan and
this may lead to an award of £500.
Pictured: Top, the group taking part in the Dragon's Den style
event and, above, the judges