This September, we turn our attention to UN SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. Here at Northamptonshire Community Foundation, we’ve incorporated the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into our charitable activity and each staff member has partnered with a trustee to champion a goal of their choosing.
UN SDG 11 focuses on Sustainable Cities and Communities, specifically aiming to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Jenni Niles is Head of Finance and Operations here at the Foundation, staff champion for UN SDG 11 and said: “The pandemic has really shone a spotlight on the difference that community-led projects make to our lives and wellbeing especially when activities, spaces and local charities are properly funded. Our day-to-day experience of our local communities impact on our quality of life and health and wellbeing whether at work, rest or play. By investing in, and promoting projects that focus on improving activities and facilities within our towns and villages will help make them attractive and enjoyable places to live for all residents. I am especially passionate about everyone having access to safe and inclusive green spaces here in Northamptonshire. Everyone wants to live in a place where they feel happy, safe and well.”
The Foundation has made several grant awards relating to UN SDG 11, helping to support a variety of local communities across Northamptonshire.
Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust received a grant through the #iwill Fund to deliver a project working with young people to host an event promoting heritage and wellbeing for the local community.
Broughton Playing Fields and Village Hall Association received funding through the Margaret Giffen Community Fund to support this year’s Broughton Village Show and Fun Day.
Daventry Area Community Transport received funding through the Constance Travis Endowment Fund to provide a support service for older people and people with disabilities to take them to and from medical appointments.
Last year, we launched a series of online Community Conversations to help promote the UN SDGs locally. Each conversation brings together local people, from donors to grant recipients, to discuss solutions to tackle these global goals locally. Our next conversation, introduced by Jenni, takes lace on Wednesday 22 September and will be available on our YouTube channel, website and social media channels shortly after