Welcome to the website for the Community First Panel in Billesley. Here you can find details about

  • Who is part of the community panel
  • Local funding priorities
  • How to apply for funding
  • How to contact the panel
As and when projects are funded by Community First, details of successful projects and their activities will also be found here.
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Projects Funded by the Billesley Community First Programme

Billesley Community First Panel has submitted 20 applications for funding to the CDF.

Organisations and projects funded include:

Grendon & Billesley Nursery and Family Centre – Project to develop the multicultural awareness of staff, children and parents

Yardley Wood Baptist Charitable Company – Project providing educational engagement activities for young people who have been or are at danger of being excluded from school.

Immanuel Pre-School – Project to increase health activities in children

Malachi Community Trust – A project designed to increase emotional literacy in
young people aged 5 – 16 living in and around the Billesley area using an arts, drama and dance experience.

Billesley Fire station Graffiti Project – A youth engagement project to address a social problem in the Billesley area.

Maypole Children’s Centre and Grendon & Billesley nursery and Family Centre – Community activities and trips for families

The Wheeler Street Corporation CIC Youth & Community Hotspot Midnight Bus – Engaging groups of young people who are out and about in the Billesley area after dark.

Maypole Football Club – Improving accessibility for parents and children with disabilities.

Warstock Community Centre Youth Group – Project providing an open access youth club

Warstock Community Centre – Project increasing activities for young people especially in the evenings.

Greenaleigh Road Allotments Association – Project to promote gardening activities to the Billesley Community.

Henlow Road Allotments Association – Project promoting healthy eating and greener life styles.




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Billesley Community First Panel

The members of the Billesley Community First Panel are:

  • Councillor Susan Barnett
  • Simone Wilson
  • Ken Axford
  • Councillor Alex Buchanan
  • Joan Goodwin
  • Sandra Jenkinson

We welcome new panel members. Should you be interested in becoming a panel member please email us at billesleycommunityfirst@gmail.com

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Billesley Community First – Community Plan

The attached plan gives a brief overview of the Billesley
Ward. It sets out the consultation activities the Billesley Community First
Panel did when first establishing the needs for the area. It concludes by
stating the Billesley Ward’s funding priorities and the type of projects we
would welcome funding applications for.  Billesley Community First Plan 2013

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About Community First

Community First is an £80 Million Government Funded initiative managed by the Community Development Foundation(CDF) supporting communities to come together to identify their local priorities, plan for the future, and develop grassroots activity.

The programme aims to:

  • Support local projects that improve the quality of life for local people
  • Help revitalise existing groups, and help to kick start new ones
  • Enable local people to take ownership over opportunities and resources, as well as tackle problems
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