The John Lewis Partnership has an excellent reputation for getting involved in local communities. We have been awarded a community grant towards our projects and will be working with them to explore other opportunities in 2018. http://www.johnlewis.com/
Age UK MK provide an excellent range of services and support for elderly people in the community. We are working with them to create a partnership in Woburn Sands and share ideas of how we can improve care in our area. http://www.ageuk.org.uk/miltonkeynes/
The Trust was established in April 1997, in accordance with a Resolution made by the St Albans Diocesan Synod October 1996, to award bursaries and project grants for promoting spirituality, education, service and witness within the Diocese. http://www.stalbans.anglican.org/diocese/verulam-house-fund-trust/
The Anglican Diocese of St Albans covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Luton part of Barnet. Over 35,000 people worship in our churches across the week and our 400 plus churches bring a Christian presence in every community of the diocese. Our clergy are available to anyone in the community - we have 238 paid clergy, 57 self-supporting clergy and 173 Readers. More than 90,000 people go to church in the diocese at Christmas. Our 135 schools and academies educate more than 27,900 students. We are a significant provider of youth services in Beds and Herts. Church members gave over £2.08 million to charity last year over and above the £11.4 million they gave towards the running of their churches. Through its Mission Support Fund, the Diocese is the main funder of Love Woburn Sands. (All figures relate to 2013). http://www.stalbans.anglican.org/
Swallowfield Lower is a friendly, caring school that provides education for children of all abilities aged 2-9. LWS work in partnership with the school to provide volunteer support for reading, music and fun projects e.g. Banana Day and National Story Telling Week. http://swallowfieldlowerschool.co.uk/
Waitrose have been a fantastic support for Love Woburn Sands and have helped us with Community IT, providing 10 Lenovo Smart Tablets for the courses. In November 2014 we had a Banana Day in Woburn Sands which promoted healthy eating in the schools and Community. They donated 1,000 bananas and their community staff to make the day a huge success. Also in November they supplied instructor Dennis Simpson who took a group of local people on a 5 week taster course for Nordic Walking. http://www.waitrose.com/
We are very grateful for their help and continued support.
The Mercers’ Company is the Premier Livery Company of the City of London. The Company, and its associated charitable trusts, makes substantial grants to support education, general welfare, church and faith and arts and heritage. http://www.mercers.co.uk/
Churches Together Woburn Sands is made up of St. Michael's Anglican Church, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and Woburn Sands Methodist Church. It set up the Love Woburn Sands project in 2013 and has been on the front foot in the community with lots of positive initiatives and exciting projects. Through the Diocese of St Albans and its partners it has secured enough funding to provide Woburn Sands with its own Community Worker who is the link between the churches, schools and local people of the town. http://www.stmichaelsws.org.uk/
Print Cellar is a social enterprise based in Woburn Sands. They offer good value, good quality printing with a personal service. The business is run on a not-for-profit basis, with any surplus put into community projects in the local area.
They can print flyers, posters, and promotional materials for local businesses; invites, orders of service and thank you cards for weddings, funerals and baptisms; newsletters, minutes and leaflets for community groups; and much more. Contact Jack or Tony on 01908 587329 http://www.theprintcellar.co.uk/
In October 2015 we were awarded a £10,000 grant from The National Lottery (Awards for All). This is such a great achievement and recognition of LWS progress. The money will be used to identify, train Team Leaders and volunteers for our various projects.
In 2018 we won £50,000 from the National Lottery via the ITV Peoples Project with our Community Smiles Project. This enabled the charity to continue its work into 2018, to a wider area including the surrounding villages around Woburn Sands. Also, we are starting a new Community Transport Service and buying 200 Amazon Fire Computer Tablets for our six local schools.
Fulbrook Middle School is an excellent school offering a high quality of education for its 420 pupils. LWS works with the staff and students on reading, music, sport, rememberance, healthy eating, community IT, volunterring and celebrating community. The school prides itself with working with the churches in Woburn Sands.
Christian News is a monthly magazine which is distributed in the Woburn Sands and Area. It is stimulated by the churches and has great stories and information about the local community. Its only 50p and printed at the social enterprise 'The Print Cellar'. "
Metro Bank are providing a 4 week course to both Fulbrook and Swallowfield Schools about everyones favourite subject.... Money!!
They will be going into schools in March/April 2015 to introduce the basics of banking, savings and budgeting to the students. Such is their enthusiam about their project they are providing 800 special money boxes to help kids with their savings. Furthermore in April both schools will have field visits to their branch in Oakgrove, Milton Keynes to see how a bank works.
It is an excellent idea and the schools are really looking forward to it. https://www.metrobankonline.co.uk/
Friends of Parklands is a residential group that have come together to create a social working group to make lives better for those living on the new Parklands Estate in Woburn Sands. They are very keen to promote LWS in anyway they can and involve us in all activities. http://parklandswoburnsands.weebly.com/
Woburn Sands Town Council are great supporters of Love Woburn Sands and are currently trying to help us set up a Community Cinema. They have been very interested and encouraging from the outset and we look forward to continuing to work with them in 2015. http://www.woburnsands.org.uk/Woburn-Sands-Town-Council/Default.aspx