The Power House, a charity nestled in the heart of Poole, is basking in the glow of a significant achievement. The organisation has been awarded a generous grant of £243,623 from the National Lottery’s Reaching Communities fund for their ambitious ‘Love HamWorthy’ project and an additional £30,000 for the inaugural year.
With plans to establish a dedicated office and creative workspace by spring, the charity aims to create a welcoming hub for the community, fostering collaboration and innovation.
The significance of this grant extends beyond mere financial support. It represents a vote of confidence in The Power House’s vision and dedication to serving the community. Over the past seven years, the organisation has navigated numerous challenges, including the global pandemic and the strain of a cost-of-living crisis. Yet, through it all, they have remained steadfast in their commitment to empowering the community.
Central to The Power House’s ethos is the belief in the transformative power of creativity and connection. Through their diverse range of projects, from “Celebrating the Old, Inspiring the New” to “Poole Britannia!” Platinum Jubilee exhibitions, the charity has sought to enrich lives and foster a sense of belonging. Supported by funding from Arts Council England, BCP Council, and various local organisations, these initiatives have provided a platform for local artists and creatives to showcase their talents while engaging the broader community.
At the heart of the ‘Love HamWorthy’ project lies a commitment to bringing people together. By championing creativity, The Power House aims to improve well-being, build confidence, and alleviate social isolation. Through a series of community arts programs and experiences, they seek to forge connections that transcend age and background, creating a sense of purpose and belonging for all.
The Power House project is a fantastic place to grow connections with community members otherwise overlooked. Simple things like offering a coffee to someone are examples of the love and kindness driving the project.” said Emma Roberts, a member of The Power House’s youth project.
Looking ahead, The Power House is poised for even greater success. With three new roles set to be filled in the coming months, the organisation is gearing up for a period of growth and expansion. Recruitment efforts will be launched across social media platforms and local networks, inviting individuals passionate about community empowerment to join their ranks.
In a world often characterized by division and uncertainty, initiatives like ‘Love HamWorthy’ serve as beacons of hope. They remind us of the inherent strength found in community and the boundless potential that emerges when people come together with a shared purpose. As The Power House continues its journey, now fuelled by the National Lottery’s support and its team’s unwavering dedication, the future of Hamworthy shines brighter than ever before.
For those interested in learning more about The Power House or getting involved, visit their website or connect on social media platforms @PowerHousePoole.