A new fund has launched to turn local people’s bright ideas for Kirklees into projects that will help our communities.
Bright Ideas is the work of two local organisations – One Community, a local charity, and ‘I’m In’, a council-led initiative which encourages volunteering in Kirklees.
The idea behind the fund is that members of the public come up with ideas that they think could help older people be fitter, healthier and more independent, or ideas from young people about how they want to help in communities.
The best ideas will then be matched with a small team of specialist volunteers who will help develop the ideas, along with the chance for some funding to get things moving.
Bright Ideas are looking for new and innovative ideas, but it could be anything from setting up a sports or activity group, to an idea for a new facility or service. Ideas can be big or small, but those that have a measurable impact and have the possibility of growing and helping in other areas in the future will have the greatest chance of being selected.
Sir John Harman, chair of One Community said: “We know lots of people have great ideas but often don’t have the skills, experience or funding to get things off the ground. We’ll take the best ideas, match them with teams of skilled volunteers, who will then pitch them to our charitable donors – local business people – who will put their money behind those ideas they think will have the most impact.”
Cllr Masood Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Communities said: “Lots of great voluntary work already takes place in our communities, this is about giving those people with a good idea the help, support and start up cash to make their ideas really make the difference they want to see. Donors are willing to invest the cash, skilled volunteers are willing the invest the time . . . now we just need those with the bright ideas to come forward and we can all work together to make the differences we want to see.”
How do I share my bright idea for Kirklees?
If you’ve got an idea, please explain it in roughly 100 words and send it to One Community via any of the following:
- Share on OneCommunityKirklees Facebook page
- Tweet them @oc_kirklees
- Email email@example.com
- or on a postcard to Bright Ideas Fund, One Community, 13 Railway Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1JS.
The closing date to send ideas is 30 September. A panel from One Community and ‘I’m In’ will pick the best ideas and match them to teams of volunteers from business, the public and charity sectors.
You can get further information about Bright Ideas by calling 01484 468397 or by visiting their website