All About Us

The History of SPARK

SPARK began in August 2011 when local residents Sarah and Helen started a petition to improve our local play area, collecting 460 signatures.  Residents and users of the play park felt that the equipment needed updating and the grounds improving for the benefit of our children.  
2012 saw the start of our fundraising, we were lucky enough to be nominated as a local community group as part of ASDA's green token scheme (their first draw!) held at their Weymouth branch.   SPARK received the most votes by their customers, who placed tokens within their chosen charity box.  As a result we received their top prize of £200 - thank you to everybody who voted for us!

Later that year Helen and Sarah organised a children's disco with stalls at Emmanuel Church in Southill.  The event was a big success and all the children who came had a fantastic time, raising £488.11 for SPARK!  Big thanks for all of the local raffle donations and to all of the volunteers who gave their time.
We welcome and are thankful to our community for their support, a group of local Girl Guides did a fantastic job completing a fundraising walk and selling cakes, raising £78.32 for us.  What a great effort! ​​

We have also had great support from Southill Fireworks.  In 2013 SPARK was selected as a worthy cause and thanks to Jon Gabb we received a cheque for £500!  SPARK continues to hold a stall at this event, raising money each year for our charity. 
Nia Bywater of Southill School won our 'design us a logo' competition, receiving a certificate along with runners up as part of a special school assembly in 2015.  We received many colourful entries, Nia's entry is the logo that can still be seen today.  Thank you everybody for taking part and well done Nia. 

SPARK Today ...

Exciting times are ahead for SPARK and our community as we enter a new era, by taking over the tenancy of the former youth club building (full details  HERE ).  This process began back in February 2015 at a public meeting informing of the potential closure of the building, following cuts to youth services within the area.  SPARK were successful with a business case allowing the building to remain open, work has been carried out to update and improve the premises and we are delighted that it will re-open in September renamed 'The SPARK Wellbeing Centre: Community Spirit in the Heart of Southill'.  Thank you to everybody who came to the public and SPARK meetings, who have volunteered their time and services to help this project to take off.  We now embrace a new era of fundraising, ultimately with the focus of improving our children's play park.

Chairman - Pete Barrow
Treasurer - Helen Lainsbury
Trustees - Sarah Polkinghorne, Ryan Hope, David Harris
Committee Members - David Harris, Christine James,  James Symonds, Becky Wells, Rod Pullen,  Anne Crabbe