Since its launch in July 2017, the Crowdfund Derby platform has raised almost £10,000 for local projects, including five which received a total of £1675 pledge funding from Derby City Council.  A further 60 community groups have benefited from accessing training and support to learn more about the new platform, and a number of new projects are underway in the pre-launch stage.  The fundraising platform is a partnership between Derby City Council, Community Action Derby and Crowdfunder.

Most recently, the Hope Centre based on Curzon Street shattered their £2500 target and raised a grand total of £3175, enabling them to restock their clothes bank with essential items such as small and medium sized men’s clothing, shoes and underwear. As part of the match funding element, Derby City Council provided £625 towards the overall fund. The Hope Centre supports people in crisis including young people, the elderly, low-income families, children, single parents, refugees and asylum seekers of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds living in poverty.

Paul Brookhouse, Director of Community Development at The Hope Centre commented:

 

We’re so grateful to all our crowdfunding supporters for their donations. The money raised will help us provide much needed basics like men’s clothing which is always in high demand or even a pair of shoes to people who need them. We rely heavily on donations from the public so this is a significant achievement for us and the people we support.”

Back in November 2017, the International Women’s Day Festival had their project successfully over-funded and raised a total of £1,439 to enable them to hold their biggest festival yet later this year. Derby City Council donated £300 towards the fund as the project met the match-funding criteria.

Then, in December, a festive project to tackle loneliness amongst the elderly residents by Age UK Derby and Derbyshire has also taken the platform by storm and was successfully over-funded. The achievement meant that 50 hampers were delivered to older people who faced Christmas alone.

Other successfully funded groups include Inspirative Arts, No Hungry Kid and Home Start Derby.

Kim Harper, CEO of Community Action Derby commented:

The generosity of Derby residents means that community groups are able to do more than ever in their local community and provide support and services that previously, they may not have been able to due to a lack of funding.  We’re looking forward to welcoming even more groups and projects onto the platform in the near future.”

Community Action have worked with community groups and provided one to one support and workshops to ensure that groups using the platform are able to get the most out of it.

Councillor Amo Raju, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism at Derby City Council added:

The Crowdfund Derby platform is a simple and practical way for community groups to access support like funding, volunteers and expertise. Our partnership with Community Action and Crowdfunder means that we have a better ability to build stronger, more vibrant and connected communities in Derby.  It’s great to see one of our 50 Pledges really making a difference to local groups and I look forward to seeing more successes on Crowdfund Derby over the coming months.”

If you’ve got a great idea for a community project or even a new business that could support communities in Derby, then head over to the Crowdfund Derby website to find out more.