The 2018 #LetsChangeThat competition was delivered in partnership with The Holywood Trust and The Wood Foundation. This was the second year of the competition which aimed to highlight the ways people are coming up with great ideas to create positive change within their community as well as test a new way of funding.
Organisations, community groups and individuals were invited to apply by sending a short video describing how they would use £1,000 to create positive change. There were three competition categories, Kindness, Place and Voice.
And the winner is…
A total of 16 video entries were received. The winners were decided during a public vote. The video with the most votes in each category won £1,000 to put their idea into action. Click here to watch the announcement of the winners.
Kindness winner: Ellon Academy
Staff and pupils at Ellon Academy are building a memorial garden providing a reflective community space to remember loved ones. Follow their progress building the memorial garden here.
Voice winner: Bobath Scotland
Bobath Scotland delivered augmentative and alternative communication groups to children using communication devices. Teaching them to sing, ask questions and tell jokes. Click here to read more about the groups that were delivered in February 2019.
Place winner: Destination 30
Destination 30 will use the prize money to provide free schoolbag of resources to first year pupils starting at Lockerbie Academy in September 2019.
Key learning and reflections
Competition partners and entrants provided useful feedback on the competition, reflecting on the process and how best to embed the learning going forward.
‘The 3 simple questions for entry – they were ones that pupils themselves could grasp and answer. This really involved them and they enjoyed making the video.’ Ellon Academy
- The competition was an opportunity for Corra and grant makers to test new approaches and distribute one-off prizes to constituted and un-constituted groups.
- Entries reflected that despite complex challenges people have great ideas to create positive change all the time.
- It is important to create a level playing field during the voting phase and support organisations that are less confident using digital tools.
- The 2018 competition tested a place category that was focused on entries from a geographical area. This was a useful way to engage with local groups in Dumfries & Galloway with the support of the Holywood Trust but did limit the number of entries in comparison to the other categories.
All the learning and reflections from the #LetsChangeThat Competition will help to inform future Corra Foundation approaches to support positive change.