Uniting residents and stakeholders
The Haltwhistle Fund was established using financial support from Karbon Homes and is now under the management of Haltwhistle Partnership. This collaboration between Haltwhistle Partnership and Karbon Homes brings together local residents, stakeholders, and the two primary partners.
The fund has been run through a steering group that made all the key decisions on donations and how the fund operates. The empowerment of local people has helped identify some innovative initiatives as well as seeing individual members of the group gain confidence and become advocates of the work.
So far, the fund has supported 18 different projects put forward by 13 organisations with grants ranging from a few hundred pounds to more than £15,000. Projects supported include setting up a community allotment, kick-starting a forest school, putting history panels at remote bus stops, equipment for the local drama group, enabling films to be shown locally, pop-up experiences for the youth group, storage for the Scouts, support for volunteers looking after Haltwhistle Riverside Park, transport for local groups to Vindolanda Roman site, floodlights at the leisure centre, digital tablets for the Older People’s project.