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Area Forum meetings award funding for communities

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Published: 22/05/2013

Meetings were held by The Chase, Kings Forest, Southern Brooks, Severn Vale and Frome Vale forums. At each discussion councillors considered applications for the second round of the Positive Activities Subsidy Grants Programme 2013/14 and decided on a number of awards to fund youth projects across the district.

The Chase Area Forum awarded the Staple Hill Methodist Youth Project £23,613 over the next three years to deliver sessions that engage young people in music production, song writing, personal development and social inclusion.

The Kings Forest Area Forum awarded Cadbury Heath Youth Football Club £1,580 for a Saturday morning soccer school for 12 to 18-year-olds.

The Southern Brooks Area Forum made awards to four organisations including the Southern Brooks Community Partnership which received £42,518 over three years to provide creative arts sessions at Patchway Youth Centre.

The Pyramid Youth Centre was awarded £15,000 over three years to continue its ‘open access’ youth work sessions from the centre.

Transitions Skate Community Interest Company (CIC) received £13,376.25 over three years which contributes 75 per cent of the funds to deliver youth work and youth work activities centred around the Fromeside Youth Centre. This includes a skate park, café and outdoors games area.

Bradley Stoke Town Council received £26,489.18 over three years to deliver a range of positive activities including detached youth work sessions with an emphasis on sports, and young women’s project sessions.

The Severn Vale Area Forum didn’t receive any applications ahead of the meeting, and so South Gloucestershire Council is urging community groups in the area to come forward and apply for funds to boost activities for young people in this part of the district. The Severn Vale area includes Almondsbury, Alveston, Charfield, Pilning and Severn Beach, Severn, and Thornbury North and South.

The Frome Vale Area Forum awarded Yate Town Council £45,000 over three years to deliver detached youth work across Yate, and Transitions Skate CIC received £4,458.75 over three years to help deliver positive activities centred around the skate park, cafe and outdoor games area at Fromeside Youth Centre. Groups in rural parts of Frome Vale are encouraged to submit applications for consideration at future meetings.

The meetings also saw a large amount of New Homes Bonus applications submitted for officer assessment for approval, including plans to refurbish young people’s play areas in Bitton, Downend and Bromley Heath, providing disabled access at a play scheme in Bradley Stoke, installing a zebra crossing in Kingswood, and allocating funding for St Andrew’s Methodist Youth Centre in Filton.

Area Forums include an open session for members of the public to put any questions to councillors and officers, so why not come along, join in the debate and have a say where local funding is spent.

The next round of Area Forum meetings will be held in July:

The Chase – Tuesday 2 July, 7pm, Kingswood Civic Centre

Kings Forest – Monday 8 July, 7pm, Kingswood Civic Centre

Southern Brooks – Tuesday 9 July, 7pm, Shield Road Primary School

Severn Vale – Wednesday 10 July, 7pm, Severn Beach Primary School

Frome Vale – Thursday 11 July, 7pm, Shireway Community Centre

If you would like to receive details of the meetings in your area please contact 01454 864425 or visit our website for more information.

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