Heart of Pitsea is a 10-year local community project dedicated to everyone who lives, works or is educated within the defined Heart of Pitsea boundaries.
The project is run by a committee of volunteers, who are all residents within this area. Their local knowledge, combined with their enthusiasm, ambitions and skills come together to create a dynamic team, passionate about putting the heart back into Pitsea. And the best bit? It is down to them how Heart of Pitsea spends its funding.
Ah funding, now that’s where things get a little bit complicated! Heart of Pitsea has been granted funding through the Big Lottery Fund (what was the National Lottery) and this is managed by an organisation called Local Trust under a scheme called ‘Big Local’. That means we are a ‘Big Local’, one of 150 projects dotted around England.
The great thing about being a Big Local is we aren’t told what to do by our local authority, the government or any national body! But we do receive support from a number local of organisations including Basildon Council, the NHS Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group, Essex Youth Services and the Basildon, Billericay and Wickford Council for Voluntary Services.
“We have a vision and our vision is for an engaged community
that creates opportunities for everyone and feels good about itself”
We run weekly projects, which are all free to anyone who lives, works or is educated within the defined Heart of Pitsea boundaries. These including ‘Incredible Edible’ gardening group, Youth Clubs for youngsters aged from 5-17 years of age and ‘Community Connect’, a social get together for adult community members.
An amazing group of young people take part in our Youth Forum and they decide how to spend their own budget, which funds activities for young people, including regular, free activity sessions for children at Pitsea Library.
Throughout the year we also host quiz nights, party nights, health awareness events, summer holiday fun days and our annual community Christmas event, all in and around Pitsea.
We also fund outside organisations to deliver projects within the Pitsea community, via our Proposal Scheme too.
Find out how to get involved with Heart of Pitsea.
Keep in touch through our Facebook Page and look out for our regular newsletters.
Find out more about the Heart of Pitsea Project Proposal Scheme.
Heart of Pitsea is supported through Big Local
and administered by Local Trust for the Big Lottery Fund
Find out more about LOCAL TRUST