Ladywood Community Project has existed as an organisation to help families and the
community for the last 33 years and has had charitable status since November 2013.
It has always actively listened to local people and involved them in how the service is
run. It gives help to those on low incomes or in hardship not only to manage their day
to day needs but encourages them to feel part of the community and not so isolated
with their problems. We actively listen to people and try to shape our services to pick
up on the things they struggle with.
We have an advisory group of about 8 made up in the main by local people who have
been users of the project and we report to them every 6 weeks. While the trustees
have an overarching management role, the advisory board has responsibility
for advising on the day to day activities of the project and continues to fulfil an
important function.
The project is now a well-known and trusted part of the Ladywood community and is
used extensively. People can come in when they are in a crisis and get practical help,
advice, support, drop in for coffee or to use the kitchen, garden washing machine and
dryer, join in one of the activities or get involved in fundraising.
There is a sense of joint ownership and mutual support which has always been at the
heart of its ethos. It is based in the heart of the community and is very well used
and networked with other agencies/charities operating in the area.
The project has enshrined its charitable aims as:
‘The prevention or relief of people in poverty, by reason of financial hardship,
by providing grants, items and services, including advice and signposting to agencies
and organisations.’
The biggest disadvantage facing children and their families today is poverty. For
working families and those on benefits these are still difficult times and we know that
the number of children living in poverty in this ward is 5078(45.2%), some 24% higher
than the rest of the country.
Furthermore, access to help and resources has become more difficult in the everchanging economic and political climate. Many services no longer offer face to face
help.
The nearest neighbourhood office is now over 5 miles away and 45 minutes to get to
by public transport. This has increased the need for a local project where you can get
help and indeed has increased those coming through our door who are in a crisis.