Community cash boost for groups

NILABE120403b2, Community concern Erewash recieve �2000 from the Derbyshire county council community award. Brenda Davies, Elaine Scogings, Kim Barker, Sue Gordan, Julie Sheldon and cllr Glennice Birkin.
NILABE120403b2, Community concern Erewash recieve �2000 from the Derbyshire county council community award. Brenda Davies, Elaine Scogings, Kim Barker, Sue Gordan, Julie Sheldon and cllr Glennice Birkin.
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community cash has been handed to groups and volunteers in Ilkeston.

County councillor Glennice Birkin donated £2,000 of her community fund to Community Concern Erewash this week.

Brenda Davies, service manager, said: “This is a great boost for us.

“The money donated by Cllr Birkin will go a long way towards helping to support vulnerable people and provide a much needed service in our area.”

Other local groups also benefitted from cash this week when Derbyshrie County Council announced its latest round of handouts to community groups.

Communtiy Concern Erewash were handed another £997 from the council’s Community Action Grant Funding.

Across the county 48 clubs and groups split more than £41,000 between them.

All Saints’ Church in Kirk Hallam received £1,000 for work to a footpath and Cotmanhay Parents Forum were handed £1,000 to buy gardening equipment, plants and bulbs to spruce up the Children’s Centre.

Another £1,000 was given to the Ilkeston Univeristy of the Third Age, a self help group which holds monthly meetings on theatre, reading and the arts. The money will be spent on a laptop, projector, printer and PA for the group’s gatherings.

The Long Eaton divison of St John Ambulance were also gifted £993 to buy resuscitation equipment and lifesaving emergency kits.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member Cllr Carol Hart said: “We have some fantastic community groups in Derbyshire who do a lot for their local area, often with very little money, and we’re delighted to support them with our Big Society funding schemes.

“We know the grants could make a real difference to the kind of services they can offer and it’s been extremely encouraging to see the kind of projects local people want to get up and running or expand.”

Groups can apply for the next round of grants by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk/cag.