Hamdon Youth Group receive £1500 grant from Somerset Community Foundation’s Myakka Grass Roots Fund

May 6, 2015

Hamdon Youth Group is delighted to have secured a £1500 grant from Somerset Community Foundation’s Myakka Grass Roots Fund, and celebrated in the sunshine last week with a cheque presentation attended by Myakka Director Simon Whitehead and SCF Deputy Chief Executive Mary Hancock.  The group provides fun and safe weekly meetings for young people aged 11-18 in both Stoke-sub-Hamdon and Norton-sub-Hamdon and the grant will go towards the cost of renting premises for the meetings in both villages.  The funding was made possible by the Myakka Grass Roots Fund, set up and managed for the Wincanton-based fair trade furniture company by Somerset Community Foundation. 

Simon Whitehead from Myakka said “It’s great to see first-hand the direct impact such important projects like the Hamdon Youth group have on our young people here in Somerset. Myakka are proud to be able to support such organisations annually with grants made from our Myakka Grass Roots Fund”

Youth Worker Lou Chant said “The Hamdon Youth Group is funded solely through grant applications, and we are delighted to receive funding from Somerset Community Foundation.  There are no evening transport services to and from the Hamdon villages, so the Youth Group provides a vital way of engaging local young people, and has already been credited with a drop in anti-social behaviour in the villages.”

SCF Deputy Chief Executive Mary Hancock said “We are proud to manage funds for popular Somerset businesses such as Myakka, and to help them support local groups who are making such a huge difference to young people in Somerset”. 

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