Voters decide on the £10,000 big share-out


Four community projects are quids-in after 1,500 local residents and school students took part in the 'High Wycombe Decides' poll.

The poll, which took place in June, was held to give local people a say in who gets what in Buckinghamshire County Council's Local Area Forum (LAF) big share-out of £10,000. 

The winning projects, announced on Tuesday (August 1), are: Wycombe Mind’s Park Project, who will receive £4,000, Horizon Sports Club Swimming Provision project, which bagged £3,000, Khepera’s Head Start to Health project, which got £2,000, and Men in Sheds (High Wycombe) which was given £1,000.

Wendy Mallen, LAF Chairman and Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Buckinghamshire County Council, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for residents of all ages in High Wycombe and Downley, to support projects that will benefit the community with some much needed cash.

"The winning projects show the range of community support that is out there working alongside or complementing council services - and it all helps to improve the health and wellbeing of local people."

The initiative, run by Buckinghamshire County Council and now in its second year, allows community projects to bid for a share of £10,000 from the Local Area Forum’s budget.

Each project has to meet criteria focusing on the Council's priorities around community health and wellbeing or improving the local economy and environment.

Earlier this year the LAF invited bids from High Wycombe area organisations and, of the six that applied, four were taken forward to the 'High Wycombe Decides Poll'.

The High Wycombe local area covers High Wycombe and Downley.


IN THE PICTURE: Wendy Mallen, LAF Chairman


THE PROJECTS The Parks Project – Wycombe Mind There is growing evidence to suggest being in nature can reduce anxiety, depression and promote physical wellbeing. Wycombe Mind understand community assets such as parkland can be difficult to access independently for those with mental health issues. The project will consist of outdoor activities at parks in High Wycombe aimed at promoting both mental and physical health. Including walking, bird watching, river life, wildlife photography and sketching.

Swimming Provision – Horizon Sports Club Helps young people with disabilities to discover the pleasures of sport, from the enjoyment of learning new skills, to developing their confidence, self-esteem, social skills and friendship. Project is to introduce new swimming sessions in the High Wycombe Area for young people with additional needs. Each class will be run by a trained swimming coach and qualified lifeguards.

Head Start to Health – Khepera The Head Start to Health project is a course to help teens improve their health, particularly for those with existing problems. Educating pre-teens and young adults on the workings of their body, how our food choices (good and bad) affect our physical and emotional health, and the importance of eating well for specific conditions i.e. diabetes, obesity and mental health. This project will be delivered via group discussions, practical lifestyle tips, fun food sessions, vision boards, food diaries and planning.

New Skills – Men in Sheds Men in Sheds aims to provide men who may have experienced life changing events the opportunity for a new lease of life and to counteract the negative effects that inactivity or boredom may have on physical and emotional wellbeing. Men in Sheds High Wycombe is looking to increase their numbers by opening the shed more than one day a week to give more men the opportunity to benefit from the project. They would also like to expand the range of activities and skills to learn currently on offer.


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