Over £80,000 of grants approved in the latest grant round

Mar 30, 2016

In our most recent grant round, we approved over £80,000 in grants towards projects which are set to benefit hundreds of people in the local community.

In particular, our Comic Relief funding allows us to support grassroots groups working to support communities in the county that suffer from economic and social disadvantage. The Comic Relief  Local Communities programme funds projects addressing these issues. The programme empowers local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities.

North Taunton Partnership provides a community hub for local residents to access support, advice and guidance. Services they offer include Police, Housing, Benefits, Citizens Advice, NHS Health and Credit Union, and they also provide a community style cafe giving people the opportunity to meet over a coffee, bringing about a community spirit to combat social isolation. SCF funding will go towards the costs of continuing to provide the morning drop in at the community centre, and expanding on what is already offered to local residents with more groups, surgeries and training.

Stockmoor and Wilstock Community Association applied for some development funding for a new initiative: a community timebank. The idea was developed by this small residents association operating in two large, new-build estates. The association is made up of local people who want to make a difference to try to develop some community spirit in this new community. A timebank allows community members to give and receive offers of help ‘in kind’, swapping their skills and experience via a secure website. The aim is to enable people from different backgrounds, who may not otherwise meet up, to come together and form connections and friendships.

Stoke St Michael and Langport and Huish villages will both benefit from some Comic Relief funding to continue to run their thriving youth club sessions. Village youth clubs are very important in providing positive leisure time activities for young people and offer personal development opportunities which divert young people from negative behaviour.

Finally, Mendip YMCA will benefit from Comic Relief funding to offer accredited training for young people who experience barriers to the labour market so they can run a youth café in a Frome youth advice drop in. The project will develop a self-sustaining cafe to provide healthy balanced meals, prepared by trained youth volunteers. Ultmately young people will improve their employment prospects, and the drop in environment will be improved, providing huge benefits for the whole community.

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