Heart of Pitsea will be scaling down from April 2024 when our lottery funding ends. We have created a new charity which will be running a Men’s Shed Hub, next to the Chalvedon Community Centre with the help of local resident volunteers. Men’s Sheds are community spaces specifically for men to get together and take part in practical activities, learn new skills, make new friends, and reduce social isolation. And we hope to be running sessions for women and intergenerational projects too.
Sadly some of our projects will end – including our youth forum, summer events programme and quiz nights – but the hub will support the continuation of our walking group and the Pitsea Pots maintenance group.
We will also be setting aside funding for other organisations to take the baton of some of our key projects, including our hugely successful youth clubs and the Pitsea Community Christmas event for 2024. These have become an integral part of our community and we truly hope that they will continue.
It is amazing to think that Heart of Pitsea has been running for over 10 years! During that time we have provided hundreds of projects within the area and we are incredibly proud of everything that we have achieved, including funding the creation of the play area, outdoor gym and benches at the Legacy Park on Chalvedon field and the outdoor gym on Elm Green. We have also created fabulous friendships with the residents within our community and a huge number of local organisations.
We will be working on a publication and an event to celebrate the legacy of Heart of Pitsea’s achievements and to also celebrate everyone that has volunteered their time or taken part in our projects.