Funding boost for Project Bruce

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JACK.CONROY@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

A Clutha community support organiser was in high spirits following a large funding boost from the Clutha District Council.

“Its fantastic and we now can stop worrying about where our next dollar is coming from,” Project Bruce community development worker Kim Schiller said.

This followed a $60,000 cash injection from the CDC decided on at a meeting last week.
Mrs Schiller said the council had always been very supportive of Project Bruce, but this time they had gone above and beyond expectations.

“We thought we were being ambitious asking for the majority of our funding, so we were absolutely thrilled when they came through for us,” she said.

“We’re still changing over from the Milton Community Health Trust to the Project Bruce Charitable Trust, so we’ve still got a bit of accounting and that sort of thing.”

The next step was to launch back into projects put on hold during lockdown.

“First up is our next edition of Heteroglossia.”

This was the grassroots literature publication founded to promote the creative endeavours of the residents of Clutha.

Following this, the focus would switch to those issues which had been highlighted by the Covid-19 crisis.

There would be a series of workshops looking at making products at home, like soap, crackers, and methods for homemade, waste›free lunches.

“Things that you’d ordinarily buy, that are cheaper to make.”

The focus would then return to community gardening, the shared community work shed and other projects that increased the resilience and resourcefulness of Milton residents.

“It’s so we can all be more prepared if something like this were to happen again,” Mrs Schiller said.

Ongoing Alert Level 2 restrictions would make it difficult to achieve everything right away, but they team were ready to adapt.

“A lot of our projects are community oriented, which involves getting people together, so navigating that will be interesting.

“Keeping numbers to 10, spaced out, that’s going to be a challenge for us to do. But, it’s possible, its happening all around the rest of the town so we can do it too.”

Possible solutions included holding multiple workshop sessions where there had been only one in the past, to service smaller groups.

One thing was for certain though, getting the community working together was the top priority.

“Those are the things that are important. Getting people back together and looking after each other is quite high on the priority list, so we’ll just make it work.”