Our Story:

 

Blue Box Belper became a charity in May 2018, following its initial formation by several residents as a constituted community group in 2012. The aims of the original group were to build the capacity for activities for children and young people on the Parks Estate, hosted from the original Blue Box building.

 

However, an arson attack in August 2014 resulted in the original Blue Box building being demolished in 2015. We then spent time consulting residents around the needs of the Parks Estate and following research formed the charity Blue Box Belper and began to develop plans for a new Community Centre, which will serve the needs of the whole community.

 

We have now received planning permission for this new building and are currently raising funds to make it a reality.

 

 

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

Whilst our focus has been on developing the building project, Blue Box Belper has also been developing community activities and initiatives, in order to increase community engagement ahead of the new Community Centre. These activities will then transfer to the new Community Centre once it is built.

 

These activities currently include:

a.       Community Newsletters are produced about every quarter.

b.       Cuppa Cake Chat is our monthly social get-together.

c.       Parks Craft Group happens every fortnight.

d.       Chair-obics runs weekly.

e.       Providing detached youth work in 2020 (funding from DCC’s Action Grant).

f.        Producing a Well Dressing in partnership with Friends of the River Gardens.

g.       Decorate a tree for the Woollen Woods

h.       Fundraising towards the new building has so far raised well over £50,000.

 

Previous Activities have included:

Ø  Community Fun Days on the Parks

Ø  Ballot Unboxed was a project engaging young women in discussing democracy.

Ø  Parenting Session was run in partnership with Derbyshire County Council.

 

 

TRUSTEES AND SUB GROUPS

 

Blue Box Belper currently has 6 trustees:

Tom Wyke (Chair), Jonathan Ward (vice Chair), Sarah Thackeray (Treasurer), John Nelson, Cllr Jyoti Wilkinson (Belper Town Council rep), Elle Wyke.

 

The charity’s activities are then run through 4 working sub-groups, with each sub group led by a trustee:

 

1. Building Project – to manage the construction plans of the new community centre

2. Funding and Grant Applications – to secure funding for the new community centre and ongoing community activities.

3. Community Activities and Fundraising – organising our regular and one-off events, as well as organising fundraising events.

4. Media, Communication and Marketing – promoting our activities and projects.

The Old Blue Box

Our proposed new Blue Box Centre

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Our Story:

 

Blue Box Belper became a charity in May 2018, following its initial formation by several residents as a constituted community group in 2012. The aims of the original group were to build the capacity for activities for children and young people on the Parks Estate, hosted from the original Blue Box building.

 

However, an arson attack in August 2014 resulted in the original Blue Box building being demolished in 2015. We then spent time consulting residents around the needs of the Parks Estate and following research formed the charity Blue Box Belper and began to develop plans for a new Community Centre, which will serve the needs of the whole community.

 

We have now received planning permission for this new building and are currently raising funds to make it a reality.

 

 

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

Whilst our focus has been on developing the building project, Blue Box Belper has also been developing community activities and initiatives, in order to increase community engagement ahead of the new Community Centre. These activities will then transfer to the new Community Centre once it is built.

 

These activities currently include:

a.       Community Newsletters are produced about every quarter.

b.       Cuppa Cake Chat is our monthly social get-together.

c.       Parks Craft Group happens every fortnight.

d.       Chair-obics runs weekly.

e.       Providing detached youth work in 2020 (funding from DCC’s Action Grant).

f.        Producing a Well Dressing in partnership with Friends of the River Gardens.

g.       Decorate a tree for the Woollen Woods

h.       Fundraising towards the new building has so far raised well over £50,000.

 

Previous Activities have included:

Ø  Community Fun Days on the Parks

Ø  Ballot Unboxed was a project engaging young women in discussing democracy.

Ø  Parenting Session was run in partnership with Derbyshire County Council.

 

 

TRUSTEES AND SUB GROUPS

 

Blue Box Belper currently has 6 trustees:

Tom Wyke (Chair), Jonathan Ward (vice Chair), Sarah Thackeray (Treasurer), John Nelson, Cllr Jyoti Wilkinson (Belper Town Council rep), Elle Wyke.

 

The charity’s activities are then run through 4 working sub-groups, with each sub group led by a trustee:

 

1. Building Project – to manage the construction plans of the new community centre

2. Funding and Grant Applications – to secure funding for the new community centre and ongoing community activities.

3. Community Activities and Fundraising – organising our regular and one-off events, as well as organising fundraising events.

4. Media, Communication and Marketing – promoting our activities and projects.