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Merlin’s Dragons commitment to keeping it local

Two more community groups receive nearly £5,000 towards projects after Merlin’s Dragons Den of involved customers support them by awarding both full funding.

As part of our commitment to customers, we invite local groups to pitch their ideas to a panel of involved customers in Dragons Den-style panels and the Dragons decide whether to support them.

The panel heard an enthusiastic pitch from Southern Brooks Anti-hate Crime Ambassadors Project and Filton Community Association last month. 

Southern Brooks were looking for funding to be used to partner with professional facilitators 8th Sense Media and the Therapeutic Media Company to come and work with children and young people in schools to give them the skills and confidence to be community leaders tackling prejudice and discrimination. They went on to convince the Dragons vote by explaining how this funding would allow the young people to create high-quality audio and video content which will then be used to support their schools in facilitating discussion about these issues with the aim of reducing bullying. The funding would also help to engage community members at local events in discussions about these issues with the aim of increasing awareness and cohesion and create an online campaign to engage as many people as possible in this conversation. 

The local community group received the full £1,600 grant but the panel were so impressed with the sound of the project that they encouraged them to apply again to expand the project if it proved to be a success in Patchway.

Next to stand before the Dragons was Filton Community Association, who gave a confident pitch to upgrade the washroom facilities for disabled users at Filton Community Centre. The funds will contribute a significant portion of that required to complete refurbishment of the disabled toilet facilities at the Community Centre, bringing improvements to the habitability, sustainability and efficiency of the building as well as providing a great boost to the overall outlook, creating a space the community can be proud of. The community group also received all of the funding totalling £3,000.

It was a successful day for the team of Dragons, awarding a grand total of £4,600 to help local community projects.

Any Community groups interested in bidding for funding from our Dragons Den can find out more and apply online at www.merlinhs.co.uk/community-grants
 

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