AVIVA funding open to a Public Vote

Posted: 31.10.17

Please take a few minutes to vote for two Pennine Prospects’ projects; the South Pennines’ Walk and Ride Festival 2018 and FLY! The South Pennines’ Kite Festival.

AVIVA has announced its community fund, which is open to public vote until November 21, 2017. Winning projects will receive a grant of £20,000, which would pay for South Pennines’ Walk and Ride Festival outright.

“Voting is easy,” explained Adele Adams, festival co-ordinator. “Just register to receive 10 votes, search for the South Pennines Walk and Ride Festival 2018 or FLY! The South Pennines’ Kite Festival and cast your votes. It is a great opportunity to get additional funding for the South Pennines…the more votes…the more chance of receiving the funding.”

AVIVA have just added an additional £200,000 to the overall pot so they can support an extra 10 projects.

Please vote for the South Pennines’ Walk and Ride Festival 2018 at

Adele explained how the funding would benefit the people of the South Pennines: “We would like AVIVA to fund the Walk and Ride Festival 2018 to provide opportunities for inclusive events and attendant health benefits to the rural and urban communities around and beyond the South Pennines in engaging in outdoor leisure and recreation activities.

“This year’s festival would be open to a wide audience and target areas under-represented in previous festivals. There would be a good mixture of walking, cycling, mountain biking and horse (and alpaca!) riding events accessible to people with differing experience of participating in these recreational activities.

“We hope to encourage young people, families, inactive people or those with mobility restrictions and those with chaotic home lives that struggle to engage to get out into the landscape but especially those from hard-to reach communities suffering social and economic disadvantage… people across disciplines, age groups, origins, heritage and backgrounds to get together and to connect with and value our distinctive landscape.”

To vote for the FLY! The South Pennines’ Kite Festival please visit:

FLY! The South Pennines’ Kite Festival will bring people together, as Adele explained: “We hope to be able to host a series of community engagement kite making workshop over the next 12 months with the diverse communities in Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford. People will work together to create kites to be flown in local community settings culminating in a high profile destination event in Autumn 2018.

“The festival hopes to bring together over 4,000 participants and artists to celebrate their achievements in what we aspire to being a bi-annual festival. Inspiration and expert knowledge about building and flying kites and the history of kite flying in different countries and cultures will be provided by a team of local and international artists who will facilitate the workshops. We hope to host workshops in community venues and have pop-up events in public spaces such as parks and town squares and encourage and support groups to host their own workshops too.”

Yorkshire Water United Utilities Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council National Farmers Union
South Pennines Association Lancashire County Council Pennine Heritage Kirklees Council Calderdale Council
Bradford District Council Northern Rail Natural England Environment Agency The National Trust