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£30,000 to create community spirit

Swindon Advertiser: Daniel Rose, chairman of the Mechanic’s Trust, outside the Mechanics’ Institute in the Railway Village Daniel Rose, chairman of the Mechanic’s Trust, outside the Mechanics’ Institute in the Railway Village

ONE of the most historic parts of the town has received a major boost after being awarded a grant to improve community spirit.

The Railway Village and surrounding area has been given £30,000 through the Health Lottery, which has been used to hire a community development co-ordinator, who will oversee activities which will allow residents to come together.

Last month the keys to the community centre were handed over to the Mechanic’s Trust and that will now form the hub from which all the new projects will be carried out from.

Daniel Rose, chairman of the Mechanic’s Trust, said: “Despite its importance to Swindon, the Railway Village is often an area that is overlooked when it comes to funding.

“There are some very acute, specific problems in the neighbourhood and this grant will go a long way to rectifying some of that, as well as delivering some real long-lasting positive activities.

“The Railway Village has always had a lot of issues to deal with, such as all the traffic and proximity to the town centre, but we are all hoping this money can be used to make a big difference.”

The grant came from The People’s Health Trust, an independent charity which works to address health inequalities across the country.

It hands out grants from money raised by the society lotteries run by the Health Lottery.

A three-pronged approach to developing community projects has already been devised.

“Firstly, we will be using more activities for older people who live in the Railway Village,” said Daniel.

“There are not many social activities for that age group so this is an ideal chance to help bring people together.

“We have set up a gardening scheme which will focus around the old Great Western Railway Park and other green areas in the Railway Village.

“With this group we hope to be able to make the area look far more attractive to everyone as well as bringing the residents together.

“For young people, there is almost nothing so that will be a focus for the money.

“We would like to possibly set up a youth group and see what else we can do.

“This money is very positive and we hope it can be used as a springboard to help provide a lift to such an important part of Swindon.”

Sean Haines is the new development officer, and has recently started in the role.

He said: “I am from Swindon and I used to cover this patch when I worked for the council so it’s an area I know well.

“Swindon’s community started here and it’s really about time it had some attention.”

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9:30am Mon 31 Mar 14

stratton man says...

Complete waste of money.
Complete waste of money. stratton man
  • Score: 9

10:30am Mon 31 Mar 14

Al Smith says...

If it wasn't for the local community the mechanics institute wouldn't be in the mess it is now, frankly they don't deserve a penny.
If it wasn't for the local community the mechanics institute wouldn't be in the mess it is now, frankly they don't deserve a penny. Al Smith
  • Score: 7

10:34am Mon 31 Mar 14

female resident says...

How about mentioning the elephant in the room? Time something was done about the Mechanic Institute - it sits like a stagnant blot on the landscape as it is and pulls the area down. No point in listing a building and have that happen to it, better to modernise or even pull it down to being life to the area.
How about mentioning the elephant in the room? Time something was done about the Mechanic Institute - it sits like a stagnant blot on the landscape as it is and pulls the area down. No point in listing a building and have that happen to it, better to modernise or even pull it down to being life to the area. female resident
  • Score: 8

10:53am Mon 31 Mar 14

ChannelX says...


The Railway Village and surrounding area has been given £30,000 through the Health Lottery, which has been used to hire a community development co-ordinator, who will oversee activities which will allow residents to come together.


So, in other words, one person's salary for a year - after which precisely nothing will have changed in terms of the building itself.
[quote] The Railway Village and surrounding area has been given £30,000 through the Health Lottery, which has been used to hire a community development co-ordinator, who will oversee activities which will allow residents to come together. [/quote] So, in other words, one person's salary for a year - after which precisely nothing will have changed in terms of the building itself. ChannelX
  • Score: 14

12:42pm Mon 31 Mar 14

LocalBob80 says...

Idiot
Idiot LocalBob80
  • Score: -2

12:54pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

LocalBob80 wrote:
Idiot
Did you mean channelx or Daniel Rose.
I think Dan's a bright lad and he will invest the money wisely
[quote][p][bold]LocalBob80[/bold] wrote: Idiot[/p][/quote]Did you mean channelx or Daniel Rose. I think Dan's a bright lad and he will invest the money wisely Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 0

1:37pm Mon 31 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

ChannelX wrote:

The Railway Village and surrounding area has been given £30,000 through the Health Lottery, which has been used to hire a community development co-ordinator, who will oversee activities which will allow residents to come together.


So, in other words, one person's salary for a year - after which precisely nothing will have changed in terms of the building itself.
Would be a pretty junior person for that, as it isnt just salary, but pension, desk, laptop, heat, light, free water, free to them parking etc etc.....
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote] The Railway Village and surrounding area has been given £30,000 through the Health Lottery, which has been used to hire a community development co-ordinator, who will oversee activities which will allow residents to come together. [/quote] So, in other words, one person's salary for a year - after which precisely nothing will have changed in terms of the building itself.[/p][/quote]Would be a pretty junior person for that, as it isnt just salary, but pension, desk, laptop, heat, light, free water, free to them parking etc etc..... house on the hill
  • Score: 3

1:51pm Mon 31 Mar 14

madreeves says...

Really, this is money down the drain from reading above. There's no clear proposal here other than setting up a gardening club. I think he's being quite generous with his comment "“The Railway Village has always had a lot of issues to deal with, such as all the traffic and proximity to the town centre, but we are all hoping this money can be used to make a big difference.” The traffic and the proximity to the Town Centre are not "issues". That makes no sense. The "issues" are the disproportionately high number residents who have drug/ alcohol problems. Whilst I commend every effort to change communities for the better, just appointing someone for a year to organise a few socials isn't going to help. It needs something far more structured than that.
Really, this is money down the drain from reading above. There's no clear proposal here other than setting up a gardening club. I think he's being quite generous with his comment "“The Railway Village has always had a lot of issues to deal with, such as all the traffic and proximity to the town centre, but we are all hoping this money can be used to make a big difference.” The traffic and the proximity to the Town Centre are not "issues". That makes no sense. The "issues" are the disproportionately high number residents who have drug/ alcohol problems. Whilst I commend every effort to change communities for the better, just appointing someone for a year to organise a few socials isn't going to help. It needs something far more structured than that. madreeves
  • Score: 11

3:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

ChannelX says...

Ollie Dognacky wrote:
LocalBob80 wrote:
Idiot
Did you mean channelx or Daniel Rose.
I think Dan's a bright lad and he will invest the money wisely
Great.

Only, he's not getting any money.
[quote][p][bold]Ollie Dognacky[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LocalBob80[/bold] wrote: Idiot[/p][/quote]Did you mean channelx or Daniel Rose. I think Dan's a bright lad and he will invest the money wisely[/p][/quote]Great. Only, he's not getting any money. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

9:05pm Mon 31 Mar 14

timt1964 says...

knock that "carbunkle" down,stop living in the past and give the money to a much more worthy cause.
knock that "carbunkle" down,stop living in the past and give the money to a much more worthy cause. timt1964
  • Score: 0

9:53pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Richard Symonds says...

Sean Haines' appointment is a very positive development as he 'saved' the Children's Fete in 2010 by finding the money to hold it just a couple of weeks before the event. The Trust was blindly planning the event without the funding to hold it!! I know I was on the planning committee, but unaware of the financial situation.

Whether or not he is capable of saving the building is another matter, but I wish him well.

It is a shame we do not have the £400,000 that was wasted on the Wi-fi failure as it would ensure that Sean has more than one year to get a result. Otherwise £30,000 goes nowhere, unfortunately ,and if the project does go nowhere will be considered a further waste of money from which there will be no return.
Sean Haines' appointment is a very positive development as he 'saved' the Children's Fete in 2010 by finding the money to hold it just a couple of weeks before the event. The Trust was blindly planning the event without the funding to hold it!! I know I was on the planning committee, but unaware of the financial situation. Whether or not he is capable of saving the building is another matter, but I wish him well. It is a shame we do not have the £400,000 that was wasted on the Wi-fi failure as it would ensure that Sean has more than one year to get a result. Otherwise £30,000 goes nowhere, unfortunately ,and if the project does go nowhere will be considered a further waste of money from which there will be no return. Richard Symonds
  • Score: 2

10:22pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

timt1964 wrote:
knock that "carbunkle" down,stop living in the past and give the money to a much more worthy cause.
Yes knock it down.
I don't like it
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: knock that "carbunkle" down,stop living in the past and give the money to a much more worthy cause.[/p][/quote]Yes knock it down. I don't like it Ollie Dognacky
  • Score: 0

11:54pm Mon 31 Mar 14

who let the dogs out? says...

That sounds like THE most expensive gardening club in the UK! The area doesn't need 30k to bring 'community spirit', surely a glorified Darby & Joan club needn't cost that much!

The Mechanics Institute is where the money is needed, to bring life back into its crumbling walls before it falls down completely.
That sounds like THE most expensive gardening club in the UK! The area doesn't need 30k to bring 'community spirit', surely a glorified Darby & Joan club needn't cost that much! The Mechanics Institute is where the money is needed, to bring life back into its crumbling walls before it falls down completely. who let the dogs out?
  • Score: 2

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