Investment project code: 118
Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): FireCloud was founded in 2007 by a group of young adults from Clydebank. We've been running for 14 years and became a charity four years ago. We provide year-round activities for people across West Dunbartonshire so that everyone has a chance to develop their self-esteem, confidence and talents and to be part of a community of people who care.
We provide learning opportunities for people of all ages to develop their talents in music, singing, dance, drama, photography, film, theatre production, event planning and hospitality We provide formation, skills development and mentorship so that local helpers can become leaders who help provide community activities for children and adults in and around Clydebank We provide events, workshops and projects which encourage young people to develop their talents and pursue their big hopes for their lives. We invite people into a community that is fun, friendly, supportive and kind We help people believe their lives matter and help them build supportive, resilient and lasting friendships
"I love coming to FireCloud and feeling part of something bigger and something that makes a real difference in people's lives." (Youth Volunteer, 21)
What will you use the money for?: We will use this money to help pay for a sessional worker to help us with administration, events, projects, communications and online support. We want to make sure local people who can benefit from our community work know it is happening and know how they can participate in the things they care about.
We plan to introduce an improved communication plan (social media, newsletters, telephone calls etc.) to share information about the nature of our support, how and when events happen and how to join in. Having someone to help organise our events and projects will mean more people can engage with our activities and we will have the capacity to support people more regularly and spend more time with them.
Who will benefit from this money?: This funding will benefit everyone we work with across West Dunbartonshire. Last year we ran 25 projects in schools, nursing homes, churches and community settings (from Whitecrook to Alexandria) with more than 200 opportunities for people to participate. We work with infants, children, teens, young people, adults and older people ranging from 0-90+ years of age. This grant will also support the work of our 80+volunteers who donate almost 6000 hours of time each year to help other people in and around Clydebank.
All our work tries to reduce social isolation, encourage people to be active in their local community, increases skills and capacity within communities, provides opportunities for young people and enhances mental health and wellbeing.
"FireCloud has had a great impact in my life. It has allowed me to work alongside others to help at events to ensure all those in my community feel included in the local community. FireCloud reminds people that they are never alone and that every person has their own unique set of talents that can bring happiness to other people. FireCloud helps to fight feelings of inadequacy and loneliness in society." (Youth Volunteer, 22)
Proposed on behalf of: Firecloud - £4800