In addition to the People’s Health Trust funding, the project is being supported by Barrowcliff Big Local, Awards for All (The Big Lottery) and funds from RWCE generated through the recent woodland restoration work.
Speaking about the project Tom Mutton, a Director of RWCE said, ‘It is very exciting to now be starting the project after much hard work behind the scenes securing funding and support from a variety of organisations. The project is an important part of our vision for the woods and I’m looking forward to a year full of events and activities for local people.’
As part of the project RWCE have engaged Will Watts as a part time Project Officer. Will worked for 12 years for Scarborough Museums before leaving in 2013 and setting up a new company Hidden Horizons, he will combine his role for RWCE with his own business. Will said, ‘I am delighted to be able to work with the enterprise and local communities to really engage people with this fantastic space on our doorstep. The woods are a special place and we want to maintain that feeling in all that we do. Whilst the funding is primarily in place for work with Northstead and Barrowcliff Communities I am sure many others will benefit, and this project will provide a taster for what the community enterprise can bring to all Scarborough residents.’
Plans are now being developed to work with local schools and community groups, and new activities, volunteering opportunities and events will be publicised in the coming weeks. The Community Enterprise is keen to hear from any groups who have ideas for working with them, and can contact Will on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07964 759433