An SE1 school playground desperately needs doing - re tarmacing, drainage etc. and the quotes have been thousands and thousands!
Does anybody out there have any great ideas for funding -
maybe know a great SE1 benefactor, local business who might be interested in helping a Southwark inner city School.
Or do you have any successful fund raising ideas or tips to help get this project off the ground. With thanks K
Any funder will probably require match funding. Why not start by asking Southwark Education whether they would put something in. (Mention health and safety...and problems that might arise if conditions got worse.) They might also be aware of funding opportunities.
Try also the playground or community person in Southwark Parks as they will have experience of funding that can be accessed by the community, and suppliers. (The key thing on any equipment is maintenance. Lambeth used to have a brilliant playground guy who gave good advice on what equipment would withstand really heavy wear and tear.)
A bit left-field is the possibility that there might be education Planning Gain money hanging around. You might ask the Section 106 team in Southwarks Planning department if there is any around or coming up. (A surprising amount can end up unspent and given back the developer.) If there is you talk to your Councillor and start lobbying for your cause.
If your school is in or near the South Bank Employer Group area, speak to them. (Try an email to Ted Inman the Chief Executive.) They tend to know what money is around and if there is any and they help you access it, it is a quick win for them as well.
Another thought for at least part of the work could be to ask the business volunteers team at Volunteer Centre Southwark to find a business team (or 10!) to take on the project as a team challenge. Companies love doing volunteering days and will almost always find reasonable wodges of cash for materials and tools/expert guidance etc. The Volunteer Centre folks will come and visit the site and tell you what they think a team of volunteers could achieve and they'll organise the whole day too. Contact details on the website.