COMMUNITY LED LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
We are pleased to announce that Cornwall Development Company Ltd on behalf of the Local Action Group as the Accountable Body for European Regional Development Fund, Funded Community Led Local Development Programme has awarded Oasis £21,483.00. This funding is for a feasibility study to identify the need to create a new childcare centre in Treneere, Penzance adjacent to the existing Lescudjack Centre. The centre will support the growing need for full wraparound childcare in the area and tackle local unemployment by creating 21 full-time jobs and providing training for students (young adults in education), parents, unemployed volunteers, and unemployed members of the community who are actively seeking employment or training.
The aims of the feasibility study will be to identify:
1. The demand for nursery services and full wraparound care for children 3months – 14 years, including before and after school provision and holiday club and the impact of this on the ability of parents/carers to enter employment or training.
2. The level to which displacement might occur and likely impact of the project on competitors across the total Core and Functional areas listed. Comprehensive research of existing provision should cover the areas of: Penzance, Heamoor, Gulval, Newlyn, Mousehole, Long-rock, Ludgvan, Crowlas and Nancledra.
3. The amount of space in the building and amount of time in each space which will be devoted to different activities e.g. nursery, training, mentoring, health and safety, first aid, nutrition training, etc. The purposed new centre will have a designated training room of 25m2 to provide daily training opportunities. All main nursery rooms will be available for training, meetings and local community groups in the evenings.
4. The demand for training, mentoring, coaching for unemployed individuals aged 16+ who are unemployed (16), inactive (8), aged over 50 (5), have disabilities (3) and existing provision in the above areas.
5. State aid advice and resultant level of match that needs to be provided by Ludgvan (Oasis) Community Childcare Centre or other funding sources.
6. Options for sourcing funding and match funding.
7. Total project costs i.e. build costs, architect and quality surveyor costs, costs of training unemployed participants and any other costs included in the grant application, as well as costs to be excluded from the application such as nursery set up costs.
8. A projected full cash flow for the centre for a minimum of the first three years to enable an assessment of activities, income and profit.
BIG LOTTERY FUND
We have just received an exciting letter from the BIG LOTTERY FUND
We are delighted to announce that Marazion Oasis Childcare Centre has been awarded £9,870 from the Big Lottery Fund to appoint an Outdoor Learning Community Development Worker (CDW).
We have recently extended our community reach by taking over the management of Marazion Children's Centre and are fully committed to drive forward the development of the outdoor learning (OL) facilities at this new site. Oasis hopes to help establish this preschool as an OL environment and to develop facilities so that the preschool is 80% outdoor learning by April 2020.
We will be working in partnership with Marazion School to jointly develop this space. Oasis and Marazion school conducted an extensive survey to find out how children would like to use an OL space using questionnaires and Dream Garden drawings. Parents were also given questionnaires and the feedback from children and families was overwhelmingly positive. Results identified a number of key outdoor facilities to develop and have provided the focus and direction to take this forward.
The grounds will need designing and landscaping to create a magical range of stimulating areas including a wildlife garden, orchard and tree house; mud pie kitchen and campfire cooking; hobbit houses and little gnome homes; fairy grottos, dens and garden glades. Ensuring plenty of natural shelter and shade, the area would be open to the community as an outdoor facility for community based OL workshops and activities outside of school hours.
We wish to give our full commitment to the development of OL facilities and therefore will appoint an OL Community Development Worker (CDW) for a year to make sure these projects reach their full potential, established and embedded in the community with a strong group of volunteers to ensure long term success.
We aim to develop the outdoor learning grounds for preschool activities, parent and toddler sessions, community use, after school activities and holiday clubs; developing an OL activity programme for children and families (out of school hours); engaging new volunteers in designing and building the OL facilities; organising OL training courses, DBS checks, first aid and health and safety for staff and volunteers; forming a community allotment group to manage and maintain the kitchen garden; and steering the OL facilities towards generating income to ensure long term sustainability.