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Community groups cash in at Dragon’s Den event

[Monday 14 March 2011]

Community groups in Craven bid for funding at a Dragon’s Den style event run by Craven District Council and Craven Youth Council on 25 February.

Mirroring the BBC 2 ‘smash hit’ show, the event saw six ‘dragons’ give out £1,650 of funding to local projects which will benefit young people and improve the local community. The aim of the event was to encourage active citizenship with young people in the district.

Eight groups made their pitches to the Dragons who were handpicked as community leaders in Craven. They were: Councillor John Roberts from Craven District Council, Councillor Marshall from Craven Community Safety Partnership, Brett Butler of Skipton Town Council, two representatives from Craven Youth Council and Sue Duncan from Yorkshire Housing.

Four winners were selected by the Dragons. They were:

  • Settle Boxing Club – received £480 for their ‘First Fitness’ initiative’, free boxer tasting sessions which may hopefully generate enough interest in Settle, Bentham and Ingleton for a new boxing club.
  • Skipton Martial Arts and Fitness – received £500 for it’s ‘Street Safe’ project which will offer 20 young people a 10 week martial arts course in Skipton.
  • Broughton Road Craft Group, run by Broughton Road Community Group - received £200 for an 8 week course where young women and older people can learn how to make craft items such as jewellery, knitting and lace table cloths to sell.
  • Craven Youth Council - received £470 to run an ‘Allot ‘a veg’ project at Aireville School. Pupils will be encouraged to get involved with an on-site allotment to learn about sustainability and the environment.

Funding for the projects came from Craven District Council, Craven Community Safety Partnership, Yorkshire Housing, Workers Education Association, North Yorkshire Area Committee and Tesco.

Skipton Town Council has offered a free stall at Skipton events for the Broughton Road craft group. They also agreed to work in partnership with Aireville school allotment project in the future with local events such as Skipton in Bloom and Let it Grow organised by the Town Council to help the project build sustainability.

“The event was a huge success and clearly demonstrated that people are keen to be actively involved in finding ways to improve the community we live in,” said Craven District Council’s Councillor John Roberts. “The standard of pitches were excellent and I know that the Youth Council had to make some tough decisions about where the money could be put to most use. Hopefully, we can put on more events of this nature in the future.”

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