OUR CURRENT PROJECTS
We can provide a free website for your charity or community group. Get in touch to find out more.
Community Facebook Groups
We set up and moderate a number of community Facebook groups for the villages in our area. Our groups have over 3500 members - a significant proportion of the populations of the small communities they serve.
The Great War Project
This is a six-year project, started in 2013, to work to create a living memorial for the centenary of the First World War. Our work has included coordination meetings for groups in our area; a project to encourage people to share their thoughts and family stories about WW1; and promotion of related events taking place in our area. We've also been encouraging local groups to incorporate memorial work as part of their general activities - for example community choirs including songs from the period into their repertoirs.
Malmesbury Area Pathfinders
This is a local group that promotes walking and accessibility in the area. We've created new signed walking trails, produced printed walking guides, and held mass walking events. We are currently working on a new 20-mile circular trail and a community initiative to increase access to the local countryside for people with limited mobility.
Malmesbury Emergency Information
This project provides a one-stop-shop website for flood and civil emergency information. We also maintain and moderate a Facebook group dedicated to sharing information during times of flooding and civil emergency.
Small Project Grants
We help with funding for small local charities and community groups. We're particularly interested in providing small amounts of seed funding to help initiatives get up and running. Get in touch if you have a project that needs help to get going.
One successful example was our providing the first £500 of startup funding for the Sherston Old School project. This enabled the group to undertake a feasibility study for taking over the old primary school to preserve the building and develop community business premises. The grant also enabled the trustees to start the process of gaining matched funding. In 2010 the project became a community interest company with over 250 members. The project was a resounding success and to date has managed to raise over £900,000 of funding to create a thriving community facility for the village and a new home for the village shop and post office.
Help and Advice
We have a wealth of experience in running community projects and charity management. If you need help and advice, or guidance with your options for setting up a charity, please get in touch.
PHEW! Olympic Legacy
A series of free events to allow people to try a new sport or activity.
A one-off event promoting understanding of local wildlife through talks, classes, and activities.
A project to encourage battery recycling in small communities. This project led to over 300kg of batteries being recycled instead of going to landfill.
A collaboration with Wiltshire Council to pioneer reducing streetlighting levels in the middle of the night. This project led to over 200 lights to be modified to switch off or operate at lower intensity between midnight and 5am
Speed bump survey
A survey of over 700 people in collaboration with Wiltshire Council and Malmesbury Town Council about attitudes and problems with local speed management infrastructure.
Malmesbury Community Hub
A project to promote the development of a local community hub for the Malmesbury area. This was set up by Malmesbury Town Council with support from GreenSquare Housing.
Riverside Community Centre
MVCAP participated in the project to develop a new community centre for Malmesbury in collaboration with Wiltshire Council. We have also provided startup funding to help to centre until it became self-supporting.
Sherston Old School project
We provided seed funding for this successful project to redevelop the old Sherston primary school into a community facility.
Community Safety Forum
For a decade we ran a regular meeting where members of the public could meet with representatives of Wiltshire Council, the Police, and the Fire Service to discuss issues and raise concerns.