Voluntary groups set for £900,000 boost from community grants

News release from 9 January 2018, 9:27am

NEARLY 60 local groups and organisations have been recommended to benefit from funds totalling £900,000 in Cambridge City Council’s Community Grants scheme.

Community Grant funds are aimed at voluntary and community groups working on projects to help reduce social or economic inequality among Cambridge residents with the greatest needs.

Funding will help to provide a variety of services to residents including financial and legal advice, employment support and community, cultural and sporting activities.

Among the groups recommended for grants, subject to the council’s budget being approved in February, are:

  • Allia Ltd for providing advice and support for social enterprises;
  • Cambridge and District Citizens’ Advice Bureau for legal, welfare and financial advice;
  • Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service to support local voluntary and community groups;
  • Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum for providing race equality services;
  • Cambridge Online to enable more people to use computers and mobile technology;
  • Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre for a series of workshops, courses and groups to boost skills and confidence;
  • Centre 33 for information, advice and support for young people;
  • Forever Active Forum for strength and balance classes for vulnerable and disabled people aged over 50
  • Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre for sports sessions for disadvantaged groups including people with mental health issues;
  • The Kite Trust to provide support services for young LGBT+ people;
  • Richmond Fellowship to provide support to help people with mental health problems in work and education;
  • Romsey Mill Trust to support young people and families;
  • Strawberry Fair’s free festival in June 2018.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of the Council, said: “Our Community Grants support a variety of groups and in doing so benefit a large number of our residents.

“The organisations receiving grants from the council work to bring people together, boost health and wellbeing and provide opportunities for people that might not otherwise have them. We are delighted our grants programme enables so many groups to deliver this important and highly valued work.”

Details of all the recommended beneficiaries of the Community Grants are set out in a report to be considered at Community Services Scrutiny Committee on 18 January.