The Village Project has a unique place in Winsley life – combining informal social events open to all local residents with a fundraising focus for the benefit of people in significant need. Founded in 1985, in the wake of the Ethiopian Famine, it has subsequently raised over £180,000 for charities supporting projects in developing nations. It has also provided people from Winsley and nearby villages with opportunities to get together and build a greater sense of community.
Over the last 3 years, Hope & Homes for Children have received £9,000, Just a Drop £10,000 and Children’s Homes in Zimbabwe over £2,000 from the Village Project. Recently, the WVP committee has moved its fundraising focus to a 50:50, global:local split. Just a Drop and Jamie’s Farm are now the two charities adopted for the three-year period of 2019-2022.
Just a Drop is a small charity with a head office in Motcombe near Shaftesbury that is committed to working with local communities and agencies in a range of developing countries on the provision of safe drinking water. It goes some way to securing investment from beneficiaries and encouraging ownership of the new facilities by negotiating the formation of a responsible committee and setting up of relevant training beforehand. Sustainability is also ensured through a course on the importance of clean water, the value of health education and the case for domestic sanitation. Recent projects have included borehole wells in Uganda and Zambia and a water-harvesting tank in Kenya – all exclusively enabled through the generosity of WVP supporters.
Jamie’s Farm is a relatively new but fast growing charity based in Ditterridge near Box that provides a unique residential experience for vulnerable young people aged 11 to 16 and deemed to be at risk of social and educational exclusion. A therapeutic formula of Food, Family and Farming over 5 days has been rolled out to over 5,000 young people from across the UK and on 4 different farms – Wiltshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and East Sussex. Professional evaluation suggests there is very real impact on the self-esteem, behaviour and life chances of these adolescent beneficiaries and WVP intends to subsidise the placement of young people from the local area.
WVP arranges a programme of events open to all local people:
If you would like to get involved or if you would like to know more about the Village Project, then please contact James Colquhoun – Chair: tel 01225 720038 or email email@example.com. Better still, why not turn up at one of our events – you’ll be very welcome.