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Community organisations receive grant funding

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Published: 23/12/2014

A number of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations have been allocated grants by South Gloucestershire Council.

Community groups from across South Gloucestershire were encouraged to apply for three-year grants between 1 May and 31 August 2014. Decisions regarding the allocation of funding were made by the Communities Committee on Wednesday 17 December.

The following organisations received funding:

  • Southern Brooks Community Partnership received £86,250 to lead a partnership delivering work in five priority neighbourhoods in South Gloucestershire (Cadbury Heath, Filton, Kingswood, Patchway and Yate/Dodington). The organisation has service level agreements with Juice, Kingsmeadow Flat, Chase and Kings Forest Community Project, Abbotswood Action and CVS South Gloucestershire to deliver this work.
  • South Gloucestershire CVS were awarded £74,192 towards a project which aims to build a strong voluntary sector in South Gloucestershire. CVS will enable Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations to continue to diversify their income streams and draw valuable additional financial resources into the area. The funding will help to cover running costs and also support volunteer centres in Yate, Southern Brooks, Chase & Kings Forest and Thornbury.
  • Age UK were allocated £20,000, which will contribute to the leadership of older people’s services with South Gloucestershire Council and other partners. The funding will maintain and develop strategically relevant services for older people and enable the organisation to secure income for service delivery.
  • Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) Hate Crime were awarded £20,000 for South Gloucestershire Hate Crime Services. It will be delivered by a SARI Project Work team with input from specialist organisations.
  • South Gloucestershire Deaf Association (SGDA) received £20,000. The association enables deaf people to be involved within the community by helping them to overcome the physical, social, intellectual, emotional and language barriers they face in many aspects of life. They have also built up a resource base of equipment to demonstrate.
  • Our Place and the Staple Hill Regeneration Partnership were allocated a joint award of £16,000 to address the needs of the Staple Hill Priority Neighbourhood. Both organisations provide a range of activities that benefit the residents of Staple Hill and the surrounding neighbourhood.
  • West of England Rural Network (WERN) were awarded £15,000 towards their work with communities at Parish level to develop community led (Parish) plans, which research the concerns and aspirations of everyone in the community. In consultation with various partners they will develop action plans to deliver real improvements over a five year period.
  • South Gloucestershire Disability Equality Network (SGDEN) received £10,000 for their work with disabled people living and working within South Gloucestershire using the social model of disability as opposed to the medical model of disability. Working in partnership with disabled communities, their families and carers, SGDEN will identify issues faced by disabled people and develop strategies and approaches that help tackle them.
  • South Gloucestershire Over 50s Forum were allocated £10,000 to help them become a network, forum and platform for the over fifties in the South Gloucestershire area. A team of volunteers work together to provide this service, pooling their knowledge, experience and skills.
  • Shopmobility South Gloucestershire were awarded £4,000 to help support their mobility services. Shopmobility provides a wheelchair or scooter loan scheme for older and disabled shoppers visiting Yate Shopping Centre, along with a limited long-term loan service for people who have a temporary need for a wheelchair or scooter.

For more information visit, email or call our grants helpline on 01454 865865 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm).

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