Woodside Ward Community First

What is Community First?

Community First is an £80m government-funded initiative that will run for four years, until March 2015. The programme will help communities come together to identify their strengths and local priorities in order to plan for their future and become more resilient. It will fund both new and existing community groups.  Woodside Ward Community has funding available to help new and existing groups within the area to set up or fund their projects.

Can I apply for funding?

Funding is available for projects that meet priorities agreed in consultation with local people. Agreed priorities for Woodside are:

  1. To increase the range of activities available for children and young people.
  2. To increase the range of activities available for older people.
  3. To bring the different communities in the ward closer together.
  4. To improve the local environment and green spaces.
  5. To improve the health and wellbeing of residents of the ward.

Where can I find more information?

If you are an existing group or would like to set up a new group that will be developing initiatives matching the priorities, please email the panel at:   or  alternatively, you can download guidance information and a proposal form here:

Guidance Notes: Guidance notes

Proposal Form: 09-CF-Funding-Proposal-Template-21

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss your application or need assistance with completing the form.

Who is on the panel?

Sarah Durnall

Telford and Wrekin Council 01952 588886

Irene Baxter

 Wm Reynolds School 01952 388280

Kath Petty

 Madeley Town Council 01952 567284

Rev Rosemary Freeman

Woodside Church

Amanda Tindale

Janet Smith

Panel Partner Representative
Jacqui Idiens  Park Lane Centre  01952 683700

What happened at previous meetings?

Click each date to see a copy of the minutes from that meeting

Panel 20 August 2013

Panel 18 July 2013

Panel 21 November 2012

Panel 17 October 2012

Panel 8 June 2012

Panel 7 March 2012

Community Plan

We have created a Community Plan 2013 which sets out our vision for Woodside, our priorities and what we have funded to date.  To read the Plan please click here – Community Plan 2013

Success stories

Parkwood Comfort Funding Group

Creation of joint intergenerational commemorative tile mosaic, £321.08

The project will bring together with very different age groups (Wm Reynolds primary school children and older residents at Parkwood Extra Care Scheme) to create two mosaics to hang in each building.  This will create positive relationships between the groups and last long after the project is finished.


Park Lane Events Group

The Woodside Games, £750.00

Community games with sporting and cultural activities to involve all members of the community.  The Games will take place during the summer holidays and provide activities for local adults and children.

Traditional games
Traditional games

Madeley United

Creation of 3 new football teams (U15’s girls, U9’s girls and U9’s boys), £2000.00

In response to a need established by children and parents 3 new football teams will be created.  The club has been 85% – 90% of its members living in Woodside ward.  Part of the funding will be used to purchase team kits.


Woodside Family Groups Project

A family resource on Woodside estate providing good quality, evaluated play for 0-5’s, £1703.00

Regular group sessions for families to provide support, advice and signposting where required.  Encouraging play and activities following Early Years Foundation principles.


Friends of Rough Park

Creation of bi-annual newsletter, £716.00

By creating and circulating a bi-annual newsletter we intend to raise awareness of Rough Park and its bio-diversity.  We hope to increase the use of Rough Park and will also encourage people to join the Friends of Rough Park.

Click here to read the newsletter rough-park newletter no.1

Home-Start Telford and Wrekin

Provision of support to 4 Woodside families, £2500.00

Weekly visits to families to help them through the problems they are facing – this may be emotional or practical support, or signposting and accompanying to appointments.

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin

Park Lane Social Day Centre, £2500.00

Setting up of social day centre in Woodside to address the isolations, depression, loneliness and associated risks to health and wellbeing of up to 25 older frail members of the Woodside community.

Age UK Day Centre at Park Lane Centre
Age UK Day Centre at Park Lane Centre

Woodside Family Groups Project

Play sessions for 0-5’s parents and carers, £2495.00

Increase in the number of play sessions available in response to need.

Get Knitting Group – £1,035

A friendly group of dedicated knitters who meet weekly at Park Lane Centre to share patterns and hints and tips. They knit for charity and raise money through selling their items at stalls and fairs.   The group has grown from a handful of members to over 20 at the present count – the majority of whom come from Woodside and the surrounding areas.

First Madeley Cub Pack – £1,000

The Cub Pack will be attending a Cub Pack Camp at a Shropshire Outdoor Education Centre.  They will have the opportunity to try many different activities which are not normally available to them.  They will experience living together and working together in teams, as well as learning new skills.

Wooden Tops Day Nursery – £700

Wooden Tops are establishing an allotment for the children to grow salad and vegetables, along with residents of a local care home and children from a local primary school.  The project will bring together children and adults with a range of abilities and skills to work to increase knowledge of gardening and healthy eating.

Park Lane Centre Reading Group – £800

The Reading group will be using their funding to visit the world famous Hay On Wye Festival on 28 May 2014.  The group meets monthly at Park Lane Centre to discuss the books they have read and plan trips out to local places.  New members are always welcome to join this friendly group.

1st Woodside Rainbows – £1,000

1st Woodside Rainbows will use the funding to help establish and develop the group.  Rainbows encourages girls between the ages of 5 and 7 to become more confident before them take the next step in moving on to brownies.  In a safe environment the girls have fun completing badge activities that teach them responsibilities towards the environment, health and well being and their community.

Becoming a Panel Member

If you are a resident of Woodside and would like to find out about becoming a Panel Member please contact either Sarah, Kath or Jacqui on the phone numbers above.