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Dragon's Den projects are amazing because they're run by local volunteers who want to make a difference for the community. Below are the projects funded so far. You can also check Our Blog.


Here are the projects funded in the 2018 Dragon's Den:

CARPET BOWLS: social activity for both men & women to help reduce isolation

CHAIR BASED EXERCISE TO MUSIC: improving mobility, coordination & strength

COACH TRIPS FOR THE WHOLE COMMUNITY: Colchester Zoo, Brighton, Margate


COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT: Yoga & Move to Beats for girls aged 12-19

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: bouncy castle & animal fun, especially for young families 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: baking workshops - Christmas (adults) & Easter (families) 

HOMEWORK CLUB: family engagement in children's primary school homework
NIMBLE FINGERS & BOARD GAMES: adults sharing skills & donating knitted items

PADNALL COURT SPORTS ACADEMY: fortnightly Sunday football for girls & boys

PLAYTIME FOOTBALL CLUB: exploring skills & techniques for children aged 8-14

PROTECT YOURSELF - AWESOME: Karate & basic self-defence - ages 6-11 & 12-18 

TWIST KIDS CREATIVITY: family arts & crafts workshops during schools holidays 

WELLGATE COMMUNITY ALLOTMENTS: food-growing workshops for all ages


Here are the projects funded in the 2017 Dragon's Den:

SmileBrain Food: free breakfasts for children and young people

 SmileCarpet Bowls: social activity for men and women to help reduce isolation

SmileCircus Skills for All: equipment for scouts plus community workshops

SmileCultural Festival: community event with diverse food, music, dance and dress

 SmilePop-up Creative Cafe: arts & crafts workshops in the holidays

SmileIT Fun Cafe: basic computing and social networking skills for adults

SmileLet's Explore: play and learn together for 0-5 year olds with their parents, grandparents or carers

SmileMoney & Debt Management Training: money advice sessions, information events plus confidential telephone debt support

SmileNimble Fingers & Board Games: knitting, crochet, embroidery and board games for adults

SmileParent Gym - Parenting Programme with creche: support around behaviour and setting children boundaries 

SmileProject BMX Barking & Dagenham: BMX cycling coaching for children and young people


2016 was our first ever Dragon's Den, when these projects were funded:

  • Sustrans - Money towards a bike track
  • Wednesday Workshop - Goodies for the kids to enjoy sports and get creative
  • St Marks Health & Fitness - Zumba for different ages
  • The Childrens Food Trust - Healthy eating workshops
  • Marks Gate Infants PTA - A childrens vegetable garden
  • Lioness 1 O'Clock Club - Day trips out 
  • Stav's Street Fit - Dance fitness classes 

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