Victory recognises its role as a major landlord within the community and has set up a grant fund to support activities that have a positive impact on residents within Victory’s area of operation. The fund was launched in 2008 to make a difference to people’s lives and since then Victory has awarded over £550,000 through 166 grants.

“We’re delighted that we have the opportunity again to give out grants to organisations that play such an important role in our region" Lisa Collen, Managing Director, Victory Housing Trust

December 2019

In December 2019, £41,000 was awarded to 10 North Norfolk Community organisations. Grants ranging from £2,333 to £5,000 were donated to projects such as Children’s play areas, a men’s mental health project, a climbing wall and an inter-generational sports programme.

The organisations receiving support were:

  • Bacton Parish Council, which received £4,000 to contribute to the cost of installing two new items of play equipment.
  • Briston Parish Council, which received £3,026 to contribute to the cost of refurbishing play equipment for the village play park.
  • Cromer Town Council, which received £4,096 to install a climbing wall at Lynewood Close Pocket Park.
  • Exercising People in Communities Norfolk Ltd, which received £2,233 to contribute towards staffing, equipment and office costs of a 13-week intergenerational sports programme in North Walsham.
  • MensCraft CIC, which received £4,700 to contribute to the running costs of a new mental health project working with men in North Walsham.
  • Mundesley PCC, which received £5,000 to contribute to the cost of renewing the heating and hot water system in the All Saints Community Rooms.
  • New Life Community Church, in North Walsham, which received £5,000 to employ a new child and Families Work for one year.
  • Pandora Project, in Cromer, which received £4,979 to increase the hours of the North Norfolk Support Worker.
  • Stalham & Smallburgh First Responders, which received £3,000 to purchase equipment for volunteer First Responders.
  • Worstead Pre-school, which received £5,000 to contribute towards the cost of replacing the paving of the outside play area with a safer surface.

A thank you card from the children from Worstead Pre-School 

April 2019

In April 2019, £20,500 was awarded to six projects. This included £2,500 to Lighthouse Charity Trust to set up a Men’s Shed in Sheringham. A Men’s Shed is a community space for men to connect, converse and create which helps to reduce loneliness and isolation. Another £4,000 was also granted to Ladybird Pre-School Nursery to complete building improvements.

Drawn together project

Case Study

A previous recipient of the Victory Community Fund is the Merchants’ Place, Drawn Together project which was awarded £5k in the November 2018 round.
The project offered creative activities for local people, including Victory Housing residents, helping them to be more socially included and locally connected, and increase their self-confidence. The sessions used activities such as drawing with pastel and paint, mono printing and marbling, water colours and collage on subjects including family, building and streets, figure drawing, seasonal flowers, sky and water.
The project supported around 32 adults helping them to be more socially engaged and have increased social circles and friendships. It also allowed the participants to be better informed about how to access local services.
Many of the group have now purchased their own art materials and are enjoying their new skills at home, two of the group now come together on the train each week and others have met for dog walking.

A participant, JH said: “Tuesdays are the best day of the week, I have made some amazing friends, I forget my troubles when I’m here, please get more funding!”
Rachel Siddell of Merchants’ Place said: “This project has been one of the most successful projects Merchants’ Place has run, the outcomes have been above and beyond what we were expecting. Over the months the participants have formed a firm friendship group, slowly growing in confidence they are talking about their lives and sharing their experiences.
“The group have recently held an exhibition of their work and invited friends, family and representatives from Victory Housing, the atmosphere in the room was amazing, filled with laughter and pride.”

“Tuesdays are the best day of the week, I have made some amazing friends, I forget my troubles when I’m here, please get more funding!”

Rachel Siddell of Merchants’ Place said: “This project has been one of the most successful projects Merchants’ Place has run, the outcomes have been above and beyond what we were expecting. Over the months the participants have formed a firm friendship group, slowly growing in confidence they are talking about their lives and sharing their experiences.
“The group have recently held an exhibition of their work and invited friends, family and representatives from Victory Housing, the atmosphere in the room was amazing, filled with laughter and pride.”