Broker Community Fund

I’m so proud of our brokers

It gives me great pride to say that over 200 entries into the Aviva Community Fund were supported by brokers this year – what a fantastic effort! Even those that unfortunately don’t make it through to the final round will have been given a real boost just from taking part and having the opportunity to raise their profile.

As the hard task of the judging phase begins, I want to say thank you to all those of you that took the chance to get involved. It’s clear, now more than ever, that brokers have such an important role to play in communities the length and breadth of the UK.

We look forward to revealing our winners in the New Year.

Best of luck,

Phil Bayles

Aviva UKGI Chief Distribution Officer

  • 11 October

    Entries close

  • 21 October

    Voting opens

  • 18 November

    Voting closes

  • 22 November

    Finalists announced

  • 10 January

    Winners announced

How the competition works

Whether you’re looking to solve a problem, speed up an ongoing project or help in some other way, this is your chance to make a real difference to your local community. And it all starts with your great idea to support a local project.

Put your thinking cap on

Who could you partner up with to make a positive impact in your community?

Enter your project

Fill in our short entry form. There are six categories you can enter and four levels of funding to choose from.

Rally your supporters

Promote your project to as many friends, family, colleagues and customers as possible to get them to vote for it.

Fingers crossed…

The projects with the most votes will become finalists and judged before winners are announced.

Martin Parr digital exhibition

To mark the launch of the 2016 Aviva Community Fund, we have collaborated with one of the world’s most celebrated photographers, Martin Parr, to unveil a new collection of digital images that offer Parr’s own unique perspective on British community life in 2016.

From urban Camden to a rural village in South Wales the images provide a chronicle of the modern day community across the UK. In Parr’s distinct style, they bring to life the inspiring work done by local groups that embody community spirit and were all awarded funding last year.

Winner success stories

Last year’s winners covered a wide range of projects and are making a huge difference in their communities

Blood Bikes

Video transcript

We were founded in about 2012. It was essentially a group of like minded motorcyclists who got together to look at the idea of having a Blood Bike group in this area. Volunteer riders I think we have around about seventy to eighty. We have quite stringent rules about riding, you can’t ride a blood bike until you have got your advanced riding qualifications.

The first person the hospital will contact will be our co-ordinator, our shift co-ordinator who’s a volunteer who sits at home by the telephone with a computer. They’ll take the call from the hospital and take some vital information, where it’s going to, where it’s going from, what the parcel is and how fast it has to get there.

They’ll ring the most appropriate person, that may be the nearest person, the person who’s freest. They’ll pass the job from there. I mean everything we do relies on our volunteers you know having bikes to do it. This has just increased the strength of our fleet to be able to support the air ambulance. We do it three hundred and sixty five days a year and having these these these vehicles on the fleet just supports that. It’s two hundred to three hundred miles a night that we’re doing and over the period of three or four years that’s a lot of miles.

We’ve recently gone through a quite a significant milestone in terms of five hundred thousand miles covered but we we need funds to buy these bikes. One of these bikes costs a thousand sorry fifteen thousand pounds to buy and put on the road and then three or four thousand pounds per year so we can’t do that without funds We provide our service free of charge but we have to pay for it somehow and that’s all down to fundraising and donations such as Aviva where we can apply for large pots of money to help us buy bikes.

I sent a message to the rest of the community to say “Guess what?” And that was it and several very excited emails came back “What – we’ve won it? The big one?” Yes we’ve won it! Excellent!

Raddlebarn

Video transcript

It came about that Friends of Raddlebarn are the Parent Teachers Association and we asked the children what we could do for them a couple of years ago and they asked for playground improvements so we started to have a look and we could see a few things. But what they asked for fundamentally was somewhere quiet, somewhere to sit, somewhere in the shade so we started to look at what facilities they were and it became apparent that the Infants were in desperate need of a new shelter.

I like the Happy House because you get to do fun things and you get to imagine and read books and create stuff and use your imagination a lot.

I became aware of the Aviva community award when it was launched. Local community policing told me about it but also Duncan Sutcliffe from Sutcliffe insurers.

We’ve been sent lots of photos of when it opened and lots of happy, smiling children. And it’s great to see the construction of the Happy House has gone on to spiral into lots of other things and the way that the community and the school has really come together.

It’s used by our before and after school clubs. The breakfast children come and do it and have a bit of fresh air, a bit of free time before the lessons start.

And then during the school day it’s used at break times and lunch times for children who not necessarily want to run around and go mad you know children, some children like to just to sit and read or chat quietly or play and then again sort of used for the after school children for that to be outside but still inside.

I like it because you can play with Lego and read some books.

And it’s also I know when the weather gets better it has already happened but used as an outdoor classroom. I know my daughter is lucky enough to still be in Infants and she’s had quite a lot of reading sessions in there at the end of the day. It’s just a different way of learning and it’s known to be a good way of learning. Children who have additional needs at school they come out and they have 121 sessions in there so it’s a very special place.

We hold lots of community events during the year. We have a charity coffee morning. At our Christmas bizarre it was the carol-oke station which the children just loved. At Easter it was a special book stall that we had. As we learn how to use it it will be used more and more with the community that it’s really helped us forge links with.

Thank you Aviva!

Newcastle Roller Derby

Video transcript

Newcastle Junior Roller Derby is a spin off from Newcastle Roller Girls which is an adult roller derby league and it’s been around for nearly seven years. Newcastle Junior Roller Derby was started in September last year after we decided that we wanted to accommodate younger people.

With roller derby being a full contact sport we can’t accept anyone under the age of eighteen and we had more and more enquiries about people joining us and we realised that there was demand for it so we set up the league.

Anybody between the ages of eight and seventeen can join/play junior roller derby. It’s really really good exercise. It works all your different muscle groups. It’s good cardio vascular.

For me one of the biggest benefits is teaching kids particularly about body confidence. It’s kind of transformed the way that they think about themselves and you know even in the short space of time that we’ve been doing it we can see such a difference particularly in some of the younger girls. They no longer see their bodies as kind of something it should look a certain way. They are starting to appreciate themselves for what their bodies can do as opposed to what they look like which is fantastic.

A lot of the people who come in to the sport have never played sport before because they didn’t find one that they liked or they didn’t feel like they fitted in. Roller derby is completely different it is very inclusive and you find for a lot of the kids as well it’s the first sport that they’ve tried and that they’ve enjoyed. It’s got a lot of benefits.

You know it changes people. It’s so good for their self esteem It’s a safe space for them to make friends you know it’s totally non judgemental.

I enjoy it because I get to see my friends and it’s nice to learn things that we haven’t did before.

We were able to buy kit so that we could hire it out so that people didn’t have to buy. The kit/safety equipment like your pads your helmet all stuff like that is quite expensive. So we wanted to be able to make it as inclusive as possible. We didn’t want anybody to feel like they couldn’t join in with roller derby. We’ve also started selling merch, so stickers t-shirts things like that.

We’re really kind of seeing this as an investment in the future of you know roller derby in Newcastle.

We couldn’t be playing the game without you guys so thanks a lot!

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