The Hero Project CIC

The Hero Project CIC was formed in June 2016 by Deana Wildgoose and Julia Burkin as a community interest company that would place people, passion and partnership at the heart of their commitment to community engagement, consultation and education in and around Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.



Julia and Deana bring lots of skills and experience to the CIC  including

  • 23 years managing charities
  • 30 years of community engagement and consultation
  • successful small scale fundraising events and activities
  • writing successful national & area specific  funding applications
  • delivering innovative workshops and training
  • effective project management against agreed outcomes

Deana is known locally for her involvement in the successful development of the Sir John Moore Foundation, Appleby Magna this building has been lovingly brought back into community use, by the community and through local partnerships. Deana is also playing a key role in  FiLiGi a  charity that emerged from her work at the SJM Foundation. FiLiGi is passionate about making sure that all young people have the education and support to achieve their potential in whatever they choose to do in life.

Julia managed Castle Donington Volunteer Centre a busy volunteer community transport organisation that provides transport solutions for rural communities and those unable to use public transport. She also created the successful LCC £40k funded  GrowCookShare Project a community led initiative to grow local food in an allotment, prepare the produce and serve to the community at a local church hall and sheltered housing scheme. Julia has a background in social housing, community involvement and has supported many VCSE  groups over the years.

Julia and Deana started delivering the Coalville Heroes project as part of North West Leicestershire District Council Coalville Project in June 2016. They have been supported and endorsed by Christine Fisher, Chief Executive of NWLDC and Richard Blunt, Leader of the Council for their innovative and productive style of community engagement. All the activities for Coalville Heroes can be found under the tab on our menu.

Our plans for The Hero Project CIC are to

  • successfully deliver the NWLDC Coalville Hero Project [to Dec 2017]
  • become sustainable through identifying ways to get paid for what we do so well
  • form partnerships where we support the community getting its needs met
  • engage with young people about the things that are important to them
  • explore project evaluation services / audits as a way to be sustainable
  • to be a really great organisation to work for and volunteer with