Cray Valley Initiative Panel

The Cray Valley Initiative Panel (CVIP) is a group of people representing local residents who were set up to provide access to funding from the Community Development Foundation. This stream of funding has now come to an end. However, CVIP will continue to work closely with the Cray Forum to access funding for projects to help improve the quality of life in the area.

The CVIP developed a Cray Community Plan and set priorities for improvements in the area. We sought bids of between £250 and £2,500 from community groups for each of the 4 years of the project which were:

Children & young people: activities which provide a safe environment and positive development to young people

Health & well being: improving the health and well being of local people

Community: bring different communities within the ward closer together

Economic improvement: encourage economic growth to create a thriving and prosperous local economy, creating local jobs

Older people: reducing the impact of isolation on older residents

Successful projects

The following projects submitted to the Panel were approved by the Community Development Foundation.

  • Sandpit in St Mary Cray – the CIVP money, along with funding from local businesses have provided additional amenities for children in the area.
  • Cray Festival – the CIVP money, plus other sponsorship, helped towards the costs of the Cray Festival on Saturday 6 July 2013. The CIVP had a stall there to provide more information to community groups and to help with putting together bids for community projects.
  • Poverest Allotments – the CVIP money supports a project to provide a friendly environment where lonely or vulnerable adults can get together to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
  • Clean Up – funding has gone towards the refurbishment of the Pavilion in St Mary Cray Recreation Ground. It has also been used to buy tools that local groups can borrow to help clean up untidy sites in the area.
  • St Mary Cray Athletic Football Club - the money will be used to help train more coaches and contribute to equipment so that more youngsters can take part in football training.
  • Second Chance Animal Rescue - the centre will use the money to buy materials so they can develop facilities and encourage more local groups to visit, particularly children from the locality. This will provide a new attraction for youngsters in the area.
  • Zinnea Enterprises (a local charity) - the money will be used to equip and develop nursery facilities, support local people of all ages in growing vegetables and provide opportunities to sell them through local outlets.
  • Turnaround - this organisation is running literacy and numeracy sessions for children and young people. Their project is to set up a reward scheme to encourage youngsters to commit to regular attendance.
  • Cray Festival 2014 - An award was made funding to help support the infrastructure for the event on 5 July 2014 which again brought people together from the whole community.
  • The Milliculture Trust were successful in making an application to allow teenagers and young people to take part in musical the thetre performances. The target group is those Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET) and aims to boost their confidence and make them lead, become responsible and use their time and energies for productive end.
  • Turnaround to continue the reward scheme to encourage regular attendance for those undertaking literacy and numeracy training
  • Churches Together to help towards a Fun Day held in July 2014 at St Barnabas Church but drawing in participants from the whole Cray Valley.
  • Friends of Cray Valley Park to install benches at the Sandpit so that older and less mobile residents can bring children to the play area and to provide waders necessary to continue the work they undertake in cleaning the river.
  • Lower Road Allotments applied for a grant to install toilet facilities so they could extend the work they were doing to engage with local community groups.

Our thanks

The CVIP members would like to thank all those who have helped us during the last 4 years. Without the support of people in the local community, London Borough of Bromley, Community Development Foundation and Community Links Bromley, we would not have been able to achieve our aims of helping groups in the area.

What Next?

Although Community Development Foundation funding has come to an end, do not stop thinking about projects that can improve the quality of life of people living and working in the area. If you have a good idea, let us know and working with the Cray Forum we will try to help you turn the idea into a practical project.

Stop Press!

Help is now available to you with the planning of your project. See the Project Toolkit document below.

Diary Dates:

The next Panel meeting will be on 27 July 2016.