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Trentham Boat Club celebrates after receiving grant from the RJS Foundation for education project

Trentham Boat Club celebrates after receiving grant from the RJS Foundation for education project.

A local boat club is celebrating after being awarded a grant by the RJS Foundation to support its Wet Start Program.

Daz Barton, Georgia Mitchell, Rachel Kelsall, Elliott Hodge & Trentham Boat Club Juniors
Daz Barton, Georgia Mitchell, Rachel Kelsall, Elliott Hodge & Trentham Boat Club Juniors

Trentham Boat Club received a grant of £500 towards their Wet Start Program. The Wet Start Program gives children from local school years 8 to 13 (aged 13-18) the opportunity to try out rowing both on water and on land at the Trentham Estate. Mental health and physical health are a concern for everyone, and this project will promote the importance of maintaining a healthy body through regular exercise and routine, as well as building community and life skills such as teamwork, determination and resilience.

The project is designed to open up the Boat Club and break down stigma that rowing is an elite sport, by welcoming everyone to Trentham! The project allows local schools to build links with the Boat Club and engage in physical activity in a fantastic outdoor environment. Representatives from the ‘Junior Section’ of the Club will be visiting local schools to encourage and highlight the major benefits of indoor and outdoor rowing and to allow increased numbers of children to have an opportunity to row. The number of young people joining the Boat Club has dropped dramatically due to Covid-19. The funding will help the Club to reverse this decline by offering state of the art equipment in a safe and enjoyable surrounding.

RP3 Rowing Machines
RP3 Rowing Machines

The grant has contributed to the purchase of four dynamic ‘RP3’ rowing machines. These machines simulate the movement of a boat in the water and will further enhance the facilities offered by the Boat Club to its users.

With equipment like the ‘RP3’, the Boat Club can help the athletes to reach their full potential and assist with their preparation during the winter months when it is much more difficult to get out on the water. Recent success at the Boat Club includes Trentham Boat Club Junior, Meg Knight, who won the World Rowing Indoor Championships Under 19s at just 16 years old in 2021, taking home a gold medal!

Sarah Whelehan, Rachel Kelsall, Meg Knight, Elliott Hodge
Sarah Whelehan, Rachel Kelsall, Meg Knight, Elliott Hodge

Sarah Whelehan, Parent Representative Director of Trentham Boat Club, said: “The RJS grant has helped to fund rowing equipment which means we can widen our scope and encourage more beginners and overall become more inclusive.

At Trentham Boat Club Juniors we aim to deliver rowing for all, through our grassroots program we encourage local young people within our community to develop life skills such as teamwork, building confidence and resilience. Our junior coaches have a strong focus on general well-being and looking after our bodies through good nutrition and exercise which has positive mental and physical benefits.”

If you or your child would like to get involved with the great sport of rowing head over to https://www.trenthamboatclub.co.uk/ to find out more.

To find out more about our latest project stories, and to see if your organisation could be eligible for an RJS Foundation grant award, please visit www.rjs-foundation.com

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Wedgwood Cricket Club celebrates after receiving grant from the RJS Foundation for Education Project

A local cricket club is celebrating after being awarded a grant by the RJS Foundation to buy a clickplay roll on pitch for the under 8’s team. Wedgwood Cricket Club is celebrating after being awarded £500 to buy a clickplay roll on pitch which will be invaluable for the development of the younger Cricketers in the Under 8’s age bracket.

Children playing cricket

Wedgwood Cricket Club, was established in 1942 and runs training events and teams for adults and young children in Stoke-on-Trent South. The junior section of Wedgwood cricket club, runs weekly cricket training sessions for up to 150 children from Stoke South and the surrounding areas throughout the summer. They also run 4 junior teams across multiple age groups.

Member from Wedgwood Cricket Club, Gareth Copeland, commented “ Just a quick note to thank you and the team over at the RJS foundation. The money will go towards a clickplay roll on pitch which will be invaluable for the development of our younger Cricketers in the Under 8’s age bracket. We’ve seen massive growth in this age group in particular and the new equipment will help us to cope with the demand.”

“We very much appreciate the support!”

If you or your child would like to get involved with the great sport of Cricket, head over to Wedgwood’s Facebook page to find out more.

Find out more about our latest project stories, and to see if you could be eligible for an RJS Foundation grant award: www-rjs-foundation.com. 

Awards

RJS Foundation is pleased to announce its awards following the second round of applications!

RJS Foundation is pleased to announce its awards following the second round of applications!

Beth Johnson Foundation
Beth Johnson Foundation

Beth Johnson Foundation is celebrating after being awarded £500 for their BJF Accessible Community Meeting Room.

Oulton First School
Oulton First School

Oulton School PTFA is celebrating after being awarded £477.59 for their nature area for wellbeing.

Trentham Brass Band
Trentham Brass Band

Trentham Brass Band is celebrating after being awarded £500 for the upgrading of 3 Timpani drums.

Wedgwood Cricket Club
Wedgwood Cricket Club

Wedgwood Cricket Club Junior Section is celebrating after being awarded £500 for an artificial 2G pitch.

To apply for the RJS Foundation, please read our Grant Guidelines carefully to see if you are eligible for a grant award.

Click here to apply.

Application window closes on 29th October 2021.

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Newpark Gardens Residents Association celebrates after receiving Grant from the RJS Foundation for community project

A local community group is celebrating after being awarded a grant by the RJS Foundation to enhance the residents’ surrounding gardens.

Newpark Gardens Residents Association

Newpark Gardens Residents Association is celebrating after being awarded £200 for their community environment project.

Newpark Gardens Residents Association are based in Trentham and will use the grant to purchase plants, bushes, compost seeds and bulbs to enhance their local environment.

Ron Fox, chairman of the association, said: “New Park Gardens Residents Association has been going for five years and was set up to be a focus to improve the life of the residents and the environment. The residents are 60-93 years of age and find great joy in the environment of the gardens, but they have sadly been neglected over the last few years and needs some TLC. We have meetings to discuss issues relevant to the age group and during COVID worked together for shopping and hospital appointments. To keep everyone fit and healthy the last project was to plant 1600 daffodil bulbs which gave us the confidence to be more proactive. During a lot of discussion we have decided to target encouraging butterflies and bats to the gardens by planting attracting plants. Before we start it will be important to gain a balance with the existing flora and fauna. And not forgetting the existing residences of squirrels , ravens and 30 ducks etc. We are concerned for the future with the mighty trees that are coming to their end of life and will be planting similar trees for the future.”

Newpark Gardens

Before Covid, Newpark Gardens Residents Association would hold coffee mornings, meetings to discuss matters arising within the community, outings, raffles, quizzes and Christmas meals.

Shirley Holford, treasurer of the association said: “Newpark Residents Association was started about five years ago to help all the residents take an interest in our surroundings and to make an improvement to the area and help those in need of compananship. I am the treasurer of the association and over the years we have held meetings once a month at our local Methodist Church and held raffles to raise funds to use on outings, meals and Insurance for our activities, later on we enjoyed coffee evenings in one of our residents homes. We hope to plant trees,bushes and flowers to attract wildlife and give our residents a pleasant outlook and keep us busy looking after them. Thank you for your support and interest in our Association. ”

 

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Ash Green Primary School celebrates after receiving grant from the RJS Foundation for early years climbing frame.

Ash Green Primary School celebrates after receiving grant from the RJS Foundation for early years climbing frame.

A local primary school is celebrating after being awarded a grant by the RJS Foundation to help fund the removal and replacement of an old climbing frame.

Ash Green Primary School
Ash Green Primary School

Ash Green Primary School is celebrating after being awarded £250 towards a new early years climbing frame, with their existing one currently out of action.

Their existing equipment is old and no longer meets health and safety requirements. This has meant part of the playground is now cordoned off and the children can no longer enjoy the climbing frame. Due to the school’s location, they are unable to request Local Authority funding or bids and so alternative methods to deliver on the project are being employed.

 

Climbing Frame
Climbing Frame

This project will make a significant difference to the early education of their Nursery and Reception children, as well as to the overall appearance and reputation of the school. When prospective parents visits the school the playground is one of the first parts they see and the school therefore really wants to improve the first impression the playground gives.

They are hopeful that with the RJS Foundation’s support and the efforts of their PTFA, they will be able to raise enough funds to provide a new climbing frame and further improve the aesthetics of the playground.

 

 

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Meir Matters celebrates after receiving grant from the RJS Foundation for community project

A local community group is celebrating after being awarded a grant by the RJS Foundation to support its work to aide poverty and reduce loneliness and isolation.

Meir Matters is celebrating after being awarded £500 for their Sow and Grow project.

Meir Matters and RJS Foundation Group Photo

Meir Matters is based in Meir and will use the grant to purchase a shelter for the allotment. The shelter will allow the community group to utilise the site all year round.

Michelle Swift, founder of Meir Matters said “Sow and grows long term goal has always been to educate children, aide mental well-being and give more residents access to outdoor activities whilst reducing isolation.  Covid really put us back and it’s taken a lot of hard work to get it to the stage we are now.  The RJS funding has given us the platform to move forward.  We have upgraded and repaired our polytunnels and been able to create more room so we can now also focus on growing plants as well as fruit and vegetables. Thankyou!”

The allotment is focused on bringing people together as a community. The crop will help aide food poverty and reduce loneliness and isolation. Going forward, Meir Matters will educate children and offer toddler sessions, forming partnerships with local nurseries and schools. They will also introduce a gardening club during school holidays and offer lessons for all. They aim to make the allotment eco-friendly, utilising best environmental practices to eliminate the use of electricity and mains water. Their site will also be designed for use by those with physical disabilities.

Lettuce

Meir Matters has been running since 2019 and is currently run by seventy volunteers.

It was founded by Michelle Swift, who also owns Swiftys microbar, which is where the initial relationships were made. Many had the love for gardening but were struggling to manage their own allotments, whilst others were on long waiting lists.  Mental health is a key issue in the area and at the time there were many articles on how community gardens and allotments could be used to improve peoples’ mental wellbeing . Works were well underway before Covid-19 hit, but the delay has only buoyed their enthusiasm for the project. The shelter will help members utilise the site all year round and take them one step closer to completing what they started.

Meir Matters Garden Tour

 

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Priory C E Primary School celebrates after receiving grant from the RJS Foundation for new outdoor equipment

A local primary school in Trentham is celebrating after being awarded from the RJS Foundation for new outdoor equipment.

Priory C E Primary School

Priory C E Primary School is celebrating after being awarded £250 for new outdoor equipment.

Alison Bache, teacher at Ash Green Primary School, said: “At Priory, the children are at the heart of all we do. As a school we recognise the importance of children learning through play and developing their own ideas. The outdoor area is a vital part of our provision that children can access all day. This is why it is important for us to provide children with open ended learning opportunities, so they can develop their own vision. We will be using the money to further support this with ideas from the children themselves. The money will allow us to provide better accessible storage for the children to continue to take responsibility of their ideas, and materials to further enhance their play, such as stop watches, remote control cars, crates, wood, measuring tapes and real crockery for the mud kitchen. Pupil voice is really important to Priory, which is why we want to provide these materials, as it’s their ideas that matter!”

 

Priory C E Primary

The RJS Foundation grant will support the purchase of new outdoor equipment and to improve the look and maintenance of the outdoor play areas in time for the sunnier spring weather so the children can play outside as much as possible. Priory would like to enhance their mud kitchen, replace some fencing, a broken hut, purchase some new toys and a hose for the outside tap. It will make a huge difference having new play equipment and improved facilities and toys, children love to explore and play outside, and this will greatly support and encourage this.

Awards

RJS Foundation is pleased to announce its awards following the first round of applications!

Ash Green Primary School is celebrating after being awarded £250 for their early years climbing frame that they currently have in their Nursery and Reception playground.

Ash Green Primary School
Ash Green Primary School

Meir Matters is celebrating after being awarded £500 for their Sow and Grow project.

Meir Matters and RJS Foundation Group Photo
Meir Matters

Newpark Gardens Residents Association is celebrating after being awarded £200 for their community environment project.

Newpark Gardens Residents Association
Newpark Gardens Residents Association

North Staff Operatic Society Limited is celebrating after being awarded £500 for their ‘The Way We Were’ project.

North Staffs Operatic Society
North Staffs Operatic Society

Priory C E Primary School is celebrating after being awarded £250 for their new outdoor equipment.

Priory C E Primary School
Priory C E Primary School

Restoke CIC is celebrating after being awarded £500 for the Ballroom at Fenton Town Hall.

Restoke
Restoke

Trentham Boat Club is celebrating after being awarded £500 for their Wet Start Program.

Trentahm Boat Club
Trentham Boat Club
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RJS Foundation Launch

TRENTHAM-based RJS Solicitors have kicked off the new year by launching their own foundation to give away cash to good causes.

Community groups, charities and other not-for-profit organisations can now apply for a portion from an annual pot.

Awards from the RJS Foundation, to be in the region of £500 each for or towards specific projects, will be handed out every three months on a rolling programme.

And unlike many organisations which rely on their employees to identify recipients, the RJS Foundation is looking for community groups to identify themselves.

The foundation board is chaired by Hanford and Trentham City Councillor Rachel Kelsall and also includes Stoke South MP Jack Brereton, businessman Andrew Hustwit and three members of RJS staff.

Cllr Kelsall said: “I’m honoured to be chair of an organisation which is going to deliver real benefits, particularly at this time as coronavirus continues to present serious challenges for us all.

“Action speaks louder than words and the team at RJS who have a true and genuine mission to make a difference in our area. Much thought and diligence has gone into setting up the foundation and we are excited to get up and running.”

MP Brereton added: “Our community groups do amazing work and this fantastic initiative will support their efforts. It’s great to see a local business giving back to the area.”

Grants, which can be used to fund all or part of projects, are available to groups based in the south of Stoke-on-Trent and Stone, with the post codes of ST3, ST4, ST5, ST11, ST12 and ST15.

The application process is online only at www.rjs-foundation.com and is now open. If anyone requires further information they should contact Georgia Mitchell – (01782) 646320 or foundation@rjssolicitors.com – for further details.

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Hillside Community Gym

MEMBERS at a Cheadle-based gym have thanked a Stoke-on-Trent law firm for helping them to make the most of their expanding facilities.

Hillside Community Gym has continued to flourish despite the Covid-19 crisis and a £500 donation from RJS Solicitors in Trentham has provided a further boost.

A new mezzanine floor has been built to increase the space available for socially-distanced classes, which previously had to take place outdoors during coronavirus restrictions.

And with winter now beginning to bite, club leader Andy Price is delighted the gym, at Draycott Cross Road, is fit to look after their members – and able to welcome more in the new year.

Andy said: “It was great of RJS to make such a generous donation. We are run by volunteers and sponsorship like this is very important to us.

“Our building is basically an industrial unit and the new floor means we have increased our indoor capacity to a maximum.

“Like all gyms, we always have an influx of new members in January when many people make a new year’s resolution to get fit.

“Being able to hold classes indoors is obviously essential during the winter and we are very pleased our facilities will now be able to cope with demand.”

The donation was the first of many to be made by RJS, who are setting up the RJS Foundation to award an initial £10,000 each year to community groups and other good causes.

Most payouts are likely to be in the region of £500 for each successful applicant, with the grants committee meeting in February, August and October.

Jack Brereton, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, and Rachel Kelsall, Stoke-on-Trent City Councillor for Trentham, will join RJS staff members on the foundation board.

Councillor Kelsall, who chairs the board, said: “The RJS foundation will deliver real benefits which will be even more poignant after such a difficult year in 2020.”

MP Brereton said: “RJS deserve huge credit for supporting our communities. It’s great to see a local business giving back to the area.”

Applications for the RJS Foundation grants are invited now and interested groups, which must be based in Staffordshire, should contact Georgia Mitchell – (01782) 646320 or Georgia@rjssolicitors.com – for further details.