With the first few months into 2021 nearly over, we want to celebrate those who have made a good start and to encourage others with great ideas to do the same.

With a new year comes an opportunity to start afresh, to shake off the weight of the challenges previously faced and to put your best foot forward. While times have been both turbulent and tough, it will be the strength of communities and the ideas of its people, who can forge new and positive paths forward.

In 2021 Sovereign is inviting organisations and charities located within three miles of a Sovereign Housing development to crowdfund for their community and apply to their match funding opportunity for up to £10,000.

Whether it’s the creation of community kitchen gardens, celebration of local history or the insurance that everyone has access to healthy meals, the Sovereign ‘Thriving Communities Fund’ is there to support you.

The Kitchen Garden Enterprise in Bristol has been working in the communities of Hartcliffe and Withywood for over 25 years. Through the sale of fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers grown on site, they are committed to reducing health inequalities in their area. In February this year, they successfully raised over £30,000 to scale up their operation with a new polytunnel and packing shed.

Reading Museum has had a bright start to 2021 after crowdfunding over £6,000 to create digital opportunities for school children to enjoy the experience of a visit to the museum from their classroom. These funds will enable teachers to meet and enhance their students’ learning, ensuring a more accessible route to exploring local culture.

Across the lockdown Bristol’s ‘Give-a-Meal Appeal’ has prepared thousands of healthy meals to people across the city who need them. Raising over £5,000 on Crowdfunder has enabled them to keep this essential service running, which continues to address the problems of food security in what is still a very challenging time for many families.

If you’ve got a great idea to enhance and support the Sovereign community, you can start crowdfunding today.