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The CRF: Community Renewal Fund

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We've created an exciting project, the 100 Day Challenge, using the Community Renewal Fund (CRF) we've secured, to help people and communities pilot new projects and approaches through building skills.

One of our key aims is to support projects that transform green spaces, improving the city’s biodiversity and resident wellbeing. But it’s also about helping address residents' other skills gaps that stop them being more active and involved in community life. The plan is to work alongside residents to identify what support is needed, and to source and provide skill-sharing sessions, workshops and training to help.

Alongside these specific sessions, our partners at Future Projects and Garden Organic will also be running regular digital and green space workshops that are open to all Norwich residents.

To start, we need to compile a programme of learning, both accredited and informal, that help meet resident needs. We are looking for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations who can offer sessions. All ideas are welcome!

Where is the challenge happening?
The project covers: Lakenham, Mancroft, Heathgate area and Mile Cross.

When is it?
The plan is to deliver the workshops and training sessions over 100 days between March and May, creating a swell of activity over a short and exciting period of time!

What else do I need to know?

1. For residents wanting to know more, see Norwich's 100 Days Challenge listings on LUMi’s organisation page.

2. All sessions will be listed on LUMi’s skills page as soon as they become available.

3. Potential learning providers - complete and submit an Expression of Interest form – see the link on the right. Please email it ASAP to our partner, Business in the Community, at:

4. There will be further opportunities through small grants of up to £300, available to those attending sessions who are economically inactive: (e.g., students, people looking after family, dealing with illness that prevents work, those disabled, retired, or have been unemployed for 18 months or more). This will help attendees to start community projects, or to invest in further bespoke training.

Whether you are a local resident, a community group or potential provider, we hope you’ll get involved and take on Norwich’s 100 Day Challenge!