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Chilterns community grant scheme opens for 2018

Money - £5 £1 coin

Published by Dan Gooding at 8:05am 17th May 2018. (Updated at 8:43am 17th May 2018)

Up to £2k of extra funding available to Chilterns community groups.

Through the Grant Aid Scheme, Chiltern District Council supports a wide range of community groups including youth clubs, sports teams and support groups.

The aim of the funding is to empower local people to help them improve the services and facilities they offer to the community.

Last year, the scheme helped to fund 32 community groups in the district and applications for the 2018-19 scheme are now open.

Each group can apply for up to £2,000 of funding, and last year's successful community organisations are already reaping the benefits.

These include Enrych Bucks, part of Chiltern Disability Partnership Service. Enrych Bucks provides social activities and volunteer partnerships for disabled people so that they can connect, engage and enjoy life in their community.

Their £1,200 grant will enable them to partner each new member with a like-minded volunteer who will support them and make a real difference to their life by spending time with them socially, sharing their interests and helping them access support groups.

Brian is one such member of Enrych who uses the service. He is deaf-mute and without the support of Enrych is quite socially isolated.

Enrych volunteer Freya works as a deaf interpreter and she regularly meets with Brian and they go to the gym together.

Describing the difference being part of Enrych has made to her son's life, Brian's Mum said:

"Brian loves going out with Freya, he comes back buzzing. It allows him to go out without me, have his own friends and life."

The Little Chalfont Good Companions Club was also given a grant.

The club provides companionship and social contact for older people in Little Chalfont including entertainment, regular speakers, outings and a Christmas party.

Chiltern Youth Centre, now known as Amersham Youth Activities, benefited from a £1,200 grant to run a series of sessions teaching life skills to young people.

The training covers topics such as cooking, health and fitness, decorating, hair styling, nail and dental care, interview techniques and how to fill in forms.

Chalfont St Peter Youth Centre was awarded £1,800 to help volunteers develop their weekly evenings for young people on the autistic spectrum and Chalfont St Giles 1st Scout Group was awarded £1,800 to support the renovation of the group's scout hall floor.

Chiltern District Councillor Liz Walsh Portfollio for Health Communities said:

"As demonstrated from last year's scheme, awarded grants can be used for a wide range of activities and we would encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible, to find out more and apply.

"By helping improve local services and facilities the grant could for example support community safety initiatives, children and young people, older people or inter-generational activities or support the operation of community facilities such as libraries and youth facilities."

Applicants must demonstrate how they support at least one of the key themes of the Chiltern and South Bucks sustainable community strategy and corporate plan which are:

  • Thriving Economy - lifelong enterprise, the entrepreneurial heart of Britain
  • Sustainable Environment - protecting our heritage, protecting our future
  • Safer Communities - being safe, feeling safe
  • Health and Wellbeing - healthier, happier and longer lives
  • Cohesive and Strong Communities - strong, confident and active communities.

The closing date for grant applications is 29 June 2018 at 5pm.

To find out more and submit an application form, visit the website.

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