CoCreate initiatives awarded Turquoise funding

Learn about the initiatives that we're supporting through our Turquoise CoCreate Fund (£10,000). Could your initiative be next? 

Brixton Wings: Wind Beneath Wings

What is the idea?

Its Wind Beneath Wings programme invites parents and young children (aged 0-3) to experience music, drama, movement and real musical instruments such as the piano and guitars. Hour-long, weekly workshops presented by qualified and professional musicians and artists.   

Why did CoCreate fund this initiative?

Brixton Wings is working with families to ensure they gain positive and lasting knowledge and experiences. Children will have exposure to opportunities that they may not usually have.

How is Brixton Wings involving LEAP families?

Brixton Wings is working closely with LEAP partners, ensuring cross referrals within the network. It is working with parents, giving them the space and resources to shape the sessions and gain valuable, positive life experiences.

Brixton Wings: Wind Beneath Wings

BiG (Besty’s Inspirational Guidance): The Dream BiG Young Parents Hub

What is the idea?

To develop a hub for young parents (up to 24 years old) to meet, have fun, develop employment skills, enhance their qualifications and be healthy. 

Why did CoCreate fund this initiative?

Improving outcomes for young parents means that they will have more support and opportunities to create better outcomes for their young children. The hub embraces LEAP's values of strengthening the local support network. It is sign-posting to other key services and groups to support families and young parents in the community.

How is BiG involving LEAP families?

A working group of young parents are leading the development of the hub. Co-creation is at the heart of this process.

BiG (Besty’s Inspirational Guidance): The Dream BiG Young Parents Hub

Art4Space: Creativity Connecting Communities

What is the idea?

A community-based, creative arts and wellbeing course. Parents learn how to engage with their children (aged 0-3) through creative tasks, leading to a public cultural event showcasing their work. 

Why did CoCreate fund this initiative?

Connecting through art is enriching and necessary for healthy communities. Art4Apace is focusing on families with young children that have not previously engaged in similar activities before. It hopes to build confidence, open up awareness of local opportunities and encourage creativity at home. The course will be accredited with NOCN (National Open College Network).

How is Art4Space involving LEAP families?

Art4Space is encouraging parents/carers to help facilitate further courses, volunteer with LEAP, and be more connected to their communities by helping to deliver initiatives.

Healthy Living Platform: Pantries

What is the idea?

Three new food pantries across the LEAP area, using a membership model. Parents pay £5 to attend each week and can then choose up to 20 items of fresh fruit and veg, store-cupboard items and other essentials. The £5 contribution goes directly back into bulk ordering food for the next week.

Why did CoCreate fund this initiative?

HLP is providing families and their young children with affordable, healthy food  essential for their wellbeing and development. It is also training parents and offering opportunities to gain employment skills by recruiting them on to courses like its Food Ambassadors programme. 

How is HLP involving LEAP families?

HLP consulted with parents/carers attending existing pantries. The responses were positive with parents offering to help run new pantries and be part of collaborative-working groups for their closest children’s centres.

Healthy Living Platform: Pantries

Get in touch

Are you interested in applying for the 2022 round of funding? Please contact Davina Belcher: dbelcher@ncb.or.uk

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