Keyham Community Sparks Showcase Event


The community came together on Wednesday, 23 March for the Keyham Community Sparks Showcase Event.

More than 100 people attended the event at Gaynor Hall which saw a variety of performances, presentations and demonstrations from recipients of the Sparks grants which are given to groups and individuals helping to build a stronger and more resilient Keyham.

Over the past few weeks a large number of the 37 projects funded in the first round of the Sparks grants have been delivering a variety of fantastic events and activities to the community. These have ranged from giant puppet making workshops to provisions for the Keyham Green Places foodbank, from children’s youth club sessions to a beautiful mural for the community.

On 23 March residents enjoyed an insight into many of the funded projects with some groups, such as Exim Dance, offering a brief performance, while others chose to talk about their work, and some provided presentations to illustrate what they have been up to.

Debbie Burton from Plymouth City Council played a big part in overseeing the Sparks grants and organising the showcase event. She said, “It’s been amazing seeing the community get involved and bringing about exciting opportunities so quickly. There’s so much talent in the area and many of these projects have brought people together such as the dancing, cooking and planting workshops. And now a second round of funding will see even more opportunities for even more residents and, with it, a stronger, more supportive community.”

Some of the projects are still delivering events and you can see a full list of all the projects here.

Also on display on the night were some of the projects which will be benefitting from funding in the second round of funding. Whereas the first round of projects were financed by the Home Office’s Safer Keyham grant and Department for Education funding the second round has been made possible thanks to funding by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall (OPCC). This will again be delivered by POP (Plymouth Octopus Project) and will still be supported by Plymouth City Council.

Up to £500 worth of funding is available to help you and your group deliver projects and ideas for the community and for more details visit the application page.