National Express Foundation Funding applications!

National Express Foundation

We are open for funding applications!

National Express doubled the amount of funding it provided to the charity in 2018 and we have therefore launched an additional funding round this year, for the first time.

A total of £100,000 in additional grants is now available to support even more young people in the West Midlands and Kent.

The National Express Foundation is central to National Express Group’s support for the wider community in which we operate in the UK.

The public order disturbances in July 2011 highlighted the issues facing young people living in inner-city areas in the UK. The disturbances involved a disproportionate number of people in the 15-24 year age group. Unemployment, boredom and lack of motivation among this group were all cited as factors.

The Foundation aims to tackle these issues in two ways:

  • Support for students with challenging personal and financial circumstances to enable them to continue with their further and higher education
  • The provision of grants to charitable and community groups for projects which support young people to enjoy positive and developmental activities and promote cross-community cohesion and understanding

Our support is currently directed at organisations in the former West Midlands county boundary (served by our bus business) and the Medway, Gravesend and Longfield areas of Kent served by our Kings Ferry and Clarke’s commuter coach services (postcodes ME1-12, ME14, DA3, DA11, DA12 and DA13).

Community groups please click here for further details on how to apply for funding. Colleges and universities please click here.

All applications must be received by no later than Friday 24 August 2018.

Tividale Park event volunteers brief Sunday 1st July (6 days before event)

Could volunteers meet in the park on 01/7/18 near the yellow barriers to run through a briefing on the event; this is so everyone know there roles and what we need to do in various scenarios.

Meeting time is 11am and will aim to keep it to no more than 30 minutes.

Volunteers need to be on duty for 8.30 at the Tividale Park Black Country Festival on Saturday 7th July.

If you can’t make the briefing, don’t worry let the organiser know and we can run through it on the day.  (max@ tividale-park.org.uk)

June meetings at The Wonder

At our May meeting we discussed the pros and cons of different venues and after receiving an invitation from the Bert, the Landlord of The Wonder, will be holding June meetings at The Wonder from 6.30pm to 8pm.

Come along and meet the gang! With the event so close it is a great time to get involved with a group dedicated to improving our local park.

We are current looking for helpers and stewards on the day.

Six new benches installed in Tividale Park May 2018

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Following a visit to Friends of Tividale Parks meeting in April, Sandwell Council have installed six new benches in the park after consultation with the friends group about location. We hope these will benefit the community and encourage more use of the park.

These benches were fitted and in use on 05/07/2018.

New benches installed in Tividale Park May 2018

New benches installed in Tividale Park May 2018