Desford Community Action Group
Who are we?
A group of residents originally came together to create a Village Appraisal Questionnaire. Following this questionnaire in 2002, we have continued to meet monthly to discuss issues and arrange projects, big or small, for the benefit of YOUR COMMUNITY!
New members are welcome - we usually meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm
More information may be obtained from:
Pat Crane 823537 Linda Mitchell 822197
Good Neighbours Scheme
DCAG is worked in partnership with the surgery, St Martin's, the Free Church, the Parish Council and the RCC to set up a GNS in the parish. This is a voluntary initiative which is organised and run by local residents.
It is based on a pool of volunteers who offer their time to help and support others within the community with a range of tasks and activities. Depending on the availability of skills, these include transport, visiting, shopping, collecting prescriptions, emergency dog walking, help with form-filling, using the computer, gardening and minor household repairs.
Any resident in genuine need of help can apply. Volunteers take it in turn to hold a mobile phone and connect users with providers.
By having a single point of contact, it is easy for people to use the scheme.
The scheme launched in January 2014. For further information see the Good Neighbour Scheme website.
The next round of Community Grant funding is open. Applications must be received by 30th April 2016. For more information see the link below.
Recipients so far have been;
Desford Local History Society received a cheque to purchase a digital projector. This will be used at meetings and other events.
Desford Allotment Garden Association received a cheque towards the purchase of a container which will provide a secure storage space at the Desford Allotments.
Desford Free Church received a cheque towards the purchase of new crockery, which will be used by the Wednesday Friendship Group.
Rainbows Baby and Toddler Group received a cheque for the purchase of new safety matting and toys.
Desford Youth Football Club received a cheque towards the set up of a U10 girls football team.
Desford Brownies received a grant to buy equipment
Barns Charity received funding to support the annual Family Day
St Martin's church received a grant to purchase Christmas lights for the trees in the churchyard
The Church Centre received funding towards kitchen equipment and crockery for the Tuesday lunches
- Desford Community Action Group is committed to help Desford continue to be a great place to live.
- In 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 we organised very successful Open Gardens Events.
- Money raised at these events has supported village projects, including purchase of the village sign, bird boxes and Spring bulbs around the parish
- We paid for improvements to the Pickard Jitty and provided hanging baskets for 2 years running.
- We provided Christmas lights to businesses to brighten up the village
- Various charities were also supported by individual gardeners.
- We have organised quizzes to raise money for the Play Areas Improvement Projects at the Pickard and Kirkby Road Recreation Grounds
- Currently proceeds from Quizzes are used to fund local projects. See above to see if your organization could qualify for a grant.
New members are always welcome.
Minutes of DCAG Meetings
Click here here to visit the Desford Community Action Group Minutes Archive.
What do we do?
We usually meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm
We liaise with the Parish Council, Community Groups, Neighbourhood Watch and individuals
We instigate and raise money for village projects
We no longer organise monthly walks, however we do support the Walk for Health walks organised by the Three Villages Walking Group.
Read our new Walk Reports here.
We also make sure new residents are made welcome and given a Welcome Pack
Please let Pat Crane know if you have a new neighbour on 823537.
We organise two quizzes per year to raise money for village projects.
With money raised from the quizzes we have;
helped fund the play equipment at Pickard Recreation Ground and Kirkby Road Play Area
helped fund the Pickard Jitty Improvement Projecy to make it a safer place for people to walk along, particulary at night
Further information may be obtained from Linda 822197 or Pat 823537