Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

GRASS - Gordon Road Area Street Scheme - was originally setup in 2003 as a resident led community volunteer group, its stated aims are to improve the quality of life for residents in the streets surrounding Gordon Rd. in Cliftonville. GRASS has built a strong connection with the community through the wide range of events we deliver each year.

The annual Cliftonville Games day has a focus on community, diversity and inclusion. GRASS provides many free activities for children with a focus on health and wellbeing. According to the 2011 census the percentage of residents in Cliftonville rating their health as 'very bad' is more than the national average, suggesting that the health of the residents of Cliftonville is generally worse than in the average person in England. It is for this reason that a guiding principle of the Cliftonville Games is to promote health, wellbeing and physical activity amongst young people and their families.

A report produced in 2016 by the Kent Health Observatory states that in Thanet ‘deprivation, crime and unemployment are all statistically higher than the England average, with higher proportions of vulnerable populations’ and at a more local level it is reported elsewhere that Cliftonville West is in the top five most deprived wards in England. It is within this context that the Cliftonville Games gains significant importance because it empowers young people and adults across Thanet by providing an event that promotes positive values, healthy eating, and increased activity through sport – resulting in real-life positive change.
Whilst health & wellbeing is our primary focus, the Cliftonville Games also offers a mixture of entertainment and attractions, including a marquee for performances and demonstrations, and the Oval Bandstand for local bands & musicians. There will also be a large selection of free stalls for local clubs, associations & charities, who will all be promoting their services and offering helpful on-the-day advice to Thanet residents.

In 2018 the Cliftonville Games had up to 5,000 people in attendance at the Oval Lawns. Analysis of our recent Cliftonville Games survey shows that for 34% of attendees at this year’s event, it was their first time attending an event in Cliftonville, whilst 96% stated that they would attend another community event run by GRASS.

Project Video

GRASS

We are so proud of the Cliftonville Games it really brings our diverse community together!
If we were to win this would be a massive boost in confidences for the committee, everyone works so closely as a team and receiving this accolade with have us all beaming with delight!

Location: Cliftonville, Margate, UK