How the LIS benefits communities

The Local Improvement Scheme helps local communities to be strong, vibrant and resilient

Plumtree Cricket Club (Ladies Section)

The project engages women and girls age 13 onward in cricket, developing their health and social well-being. The project provides high-level group and individual coaching to motivate and empower women to stay active and achieve their potential. 

Plumtree Ladies captain Gabi explains how the LIS funding has enabled their team to get quality training and travel to matches


Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service: Nottinghamshire Together

"Volunteering as a befriender particularly appealed to me because I know that so many people enjoy a natter with a friendly person who isn’t judgemental or critical, and who can offer a listening ear and support. In some cases this is a lifeline to those who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. I wanted to volunteer in something that would help others and I’ve always liked the company of older people; I find them fascinating and enjoy listening to them reminisce!" Volunteer
“I have found that befriending has been a positive and rewarding experience, in that I feel good about myself knowing that I have helped someone - it’s raised my confidence. Befriending does come with its challenges but even in the face of these challenges, I have had the opportunity to learn. My thinking is that if I can support vulnerable people who are in need of some social contact then this can only be a worthwhile thing." Volunteer


Bestwood Village Parish Council

A new outdoor gym and zip-wire has been installed helping to improve access to outdoor facilities, community cohesion and reduce anti-social behaviour by giving young people in the village a focus. 

Cotgrave Country Park

A series of new signposts have been created and installed to encourage more visitors to explore Cotgrave Country Park.

Volunteers from the Friends of Cotgrave have arranged these to help walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Think Children: Emotional Well Being Facilitation

Think Children provides an early intervention service to young children who are displaying signs of emerging social, emotional or behavioural issues. 

"I love going to see Think Children and don't want it to end." Child
"My child speaks very highly about Think Children, about having someone to listen and not feel embarrassed or different. They have more confidence and raised self-esteem." Parent


Transform Training Ltd

A registered charity delivering programmes and training to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in our local communities. 

A Transform Training service user in their early 20s who lives with a range of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, making it difficult to walk distances and do everyday tasks such as bathing, opening containers and pressing buttons:

"It gets me out of the house and I get to see my friends. When I first started I was quiet and now I am chatty and help everyone. It has given me more confidence and leadership skills." Service User

More LIS projects

View more examples of LIS funded projects to see how the scheme has directly benefited local communities.

LIS by numbers

There's been 202 projects to benefit so far from this funding, ranging from new play parks to memorials helping commemorate local war heroes.

View our LIS infographic [pdf] 

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Has your organisation benefited from Local Improvement Scheme funding? Remember to let us know about your events or any publicity plans in advance (ideally 8 weeks) by completing the publicity notification form. We'd love to share your stories about how LIS funding is benefiting local communities. 

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