Five of the nine new initiatives – The Christmas Lunch Project; Community Aquarium, and Sensory Room; Making Periods Green; Help Lotus Sanctuary Empower Women; and WodenStock are now live and can be viewed at www.crowdfundwolves.co.uk.
The remaining four – Growing Spaces, Penn Fields; Flour Power; Framar Sewing Community Group; and Thoughtful Thanks – will be launched by the end of April.
Powered by Spacehive, Crowdfund Wolves provides a single portal where people with project ideas can build support from their community, ensure their plans are viable, pitch for funding from the crowd and partners at the same time, and then impact their local area.
The council works jointly with the Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council (WVSC) to develop this platform.
City of Wolverhampton Council Consultation & Community Involvement Officer, Sam Axtell, said: “Through Crowdfund Wolves we are helping connect people, ideas and support to enable city residents to turn ideas into reality and shape City of Wolverhampton’s future.
“We want to tap into the passion and unearth more of the local talent, innovation and creativity we know exists in the city.
“Anyone can create a project idea and anyone can pledge their support to an idea.”
The Christmas Lunch Project team work with members of the community to provide all the ingredients to give a free Christmas Lunch Hamper to families in need at Christmas.
The goal of the Community Aquarium, and Sensory Room is to use animal therapy to improve mental health and wellbeing among children and adults in the city by building Wolverhampton’s first Community Aquarium & Sensory Playroom.
Growing Spaces, Penn Fields, is looking to create an accessible allotment to be used by people struggling to work a whole plot, alongside people and community groups who are new to growing food and do not know where to start.
Flour Power is based around an art exhibition at the Light House Media Centre by local artists and children in the Fairtrade movement of Wolverhampton. Outreach groups of volunteers will also share with the public bread donated by local bakeries while asking people how they imagine the future of the UK.
Making Periods Green tackles the effect that single use menstrual products have on the earth and people’s pockets. They plan to tackle period poverty and period stigma with newer eco-friendly products.
Lotus Sanctuary, a community interest company that re-houses homeless women, is fundraising to help support city residents. They are looking to expand their support services. The money raised will go towards a yoga class, an art class and a support group.
WodenStock is an open-air summer free music festival in Wednesfield Amphitheatre, for families in and around Wednesfield at the start of school holidays on Black Country Day (Sunday, July 14).
Framar Sewing Community Group is aiming to bring people from different ethnic backgrounds together through sewing activities which teach people new skills, build friendships and improve mental health. The idea is to also remove the stigma of being an immigrant.
Thoughtful Thanks plan to open day centres to support and raise awareness of those affected by mental health. The group wants to combat isolation and reduce friction for people to meet and talk in a safe place.
Local people and organisations are invited to get involved with Crowdfund Wolves by submitting their projects, supporting other projects or telling their friends and neighbours about the scheme.