This festive season BVA is working alongside others to launch two campaigns to support communities across Basingstoke and Deane.
‘Real Change, not Loose Change’ is a fantastic initiative to support those sleeping rough in the borough and our ever popular Food Box appeal is collecting food stuffs for local families in need this Christmas:
New way to give money to good causes
A new website has been set up to make it easier for local people, groups and businesses to support community ideas and give to local good causes.
BVA has worked in partnership with the council and national organisation SpaceHive to set up the website which provides a platform for ‘crowdfunding’ projects.
Crowdfunding is a way of raising finance by asking a large number of people each for a small amount of money. Until recently, financing a project or venture involved asking a few people for large sums of money.
Crowdfunding switches this idea around, using the internet to talk to thousands – if not millions – of potential funders. By setting up a profile of their project on the website, local ideas can be turned into reality. They can use social media, alongside traditional networks of friends, family and work acquaintances, to raise money.
The website was launched alongside a local campaign called ‘Real Change, Not Loose Change’ which aims to raise money for local homeless schemes and urges residents to alert homelessness services to people sleeping on the streets. This is to be sure that they are taken care of and connected to help to find housing, support and get back on track financially and emotionally.
Stephen Morgan, BVA’s chief executive said:
“We’re delighted to bring this crowdfunding website to Basingstoke and Deane as part of our offer to support local groups and charities to flourish.
Kicking off this new support to those involved in voluntary and community action with such a worthwhile campaign as the Real Change initiative is a real opportunity to demonstrate how through a small amount of support, money raised can make a big difference.
In the first few weeks alone, thanks to the generosity of local people and businesses, over £6,000 has been raised for two worthwhile and much needed projects.”
You can donate your spare change to the first projects on the new website including Night Light winter shelter or the Camrose Centre by visiting: www.spacehive.com/real-change
For more information visit: www.spacehive.com/movement/BVAction
Help support local families this Christmas
Over the last 3 years BVA has distributed nearly 1,000 Christmas food boxes to individuals across the borough who are living with the effects of poverty, social isolation, or vulnerably housed, as well as food and tents, winter equipment and clothes for around 75 individual people who are sleeping rough.
Over 500 of these were distributed last year alone, showing what can be achieved when communities are motivated and united for such a worthwhile local cause.
The food box appeal has, grown year on year, and become a huge undertaking. This means we need as much help as we can get to ensure 2016 is another successful year.
Basingstoke Irish Society have generously offered us room at Basingstoke Irish Centre to accept donations, and storage space to use as a hub for this year’s food drive.
If you can support this initiative, please visit www.bvaction.org.uk/search/bva-food-boxes-for-basingstoke-2016 to find out how to get involved.
With season’s greetings
Stephen Morgan, BVA Chief Executive
You can follow Stephen on Twitter @BVAStephen
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