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Good news for Newark area charities

Posted onPosted on 6th Jan

Almost £900,000 is to be handed out to nearly 40 Nottinghamshire charities and projects that are providing support to vulnerable people in their communities.

Nottinghamshire County Council will share out £610,182 from the Covid-19 Partnership Social Recovery Fund and £282,817 from the Community Hub Food Plan Fund.

Co Coun John Cottee, chairman of the Communities Committee, said he was delighted so many good causes would now receive the funding to continue with their invaluable work.

He said: “We have a great number of charities and organisations in Nottinghamshire that have gone above and beyond during the pandemic to provide a lifeline to the more vulnerable members of society who have needed support.

“Therefore, it goes without saying that I hope the funding we have approved this week will support and enable them to continue with their tireless efforts, which will ultimately improve the lives of so many in their communities.

“I would like to thank the charities and organisations who have taken the time to put together application bids for funding and would like to wish them every success for the future.”

Here’s some of the projects that will share £610,182 from the Covid-19 Partnership Social Recovery Fund:

£59,154 – Bassetlaw Action Centre, Retford – a partnership of Bassetlaw Action Centre, Aurora, and Bassetlaw Citizens Advice will use the money to employ volunteer coordinators.
£59,962 – NIDAS Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Service, Mansfield – the cash handout will pay for two full-time posts for 12 months to reduce a 25 per cent increase in demand on the service because of Covid.
£13,170 – YMCA Newark & Sherwood, Newark – to provide weekly sports sessions for 48 weeks for Gypsy Romany families in the district, who have been particularly affected by the pandemic.
£14,900 – Nottingham Forest Community Trust, Newark & Sherwood – the money will pay for a project co-ordinator, venue, kit and facility hire as part of a one-year tackling loneliness programme for around 100 older people and those socially isolated.
£8,100 – Social Action Hub, Rainworth – the project aims to provide a range of workshops, life skills and counselling to help rebuild confidence, self-worth and reconnect young people in their community. The funding will pay for volunteer training and expenses.
£64,477 – Trent Bridge Community Trust, Rushclife – the money will pay for a mental health co-ordinator, coaches, venue, and equipment hire to deliver five sessions per week for 47 weeks, focussed on improving people’s physical and mental health.
£8,840 – Active 4 Today Ltd, Newark & Sherwood – the organisation provides a weekly private swim session for older people with additional needs. The funding will cover pool hire spanning two years.
£7,279 – Phoenix Farm Open Door Project, Gedling – to appoint a Covid Recovery Income Support Worker for 12 months providing 25 hours of support each week.
£19,300 – Lifespring Church and Centre, New Ollerton – to launch and support a new Memory Café for those living with dementia and carers and an Autism Unlimited support group for families. The funding will cover volunteer training and expenses, overheads for two venues and operating costs.
£15,218 – From the Heart Charity, Worksop – the money will be used to pay for a part-time co-ordinator and admin support as part of a community hub to deliver services to help support struggling families.
£29,980 – Farmeco Community Care Farm, Newark & Sherwood and Rushcliffe – to deliver three projects – nature care, create with nature and experience days – supporting more than 300 people over a 12-month period. The funding will pay for a co-ordinator, admin support, mobility equipment and transport costs.
£25,435 – The Centre Place, Worksop – the cash handout will help to provide a mental health and well-being worker, supporting young people aged 11 to 25.
£7,000 – Fernwood Parish Council – to open and financially support a youth club every Friday for young people aged 10 to16 for 12 months. This will pay for a youth worker, two youth support workers, venue and equipment hire.
£82,882 – Alzheimer’s Society, countywide – to employ a community engagement officer for two years, which will aim to establish a Dementia Friendly Nottinghamshire.

Some of the projects that will share £282,817 from the Community Hub Food Plan Fund:
£42,453 – Bassetlaw CVS – funding to be used to pay for a food insecurity coordinator post and establishment of a Bassetlaw-wide Food and Sustainability Network (FAST).
£9,000 – Muddy Fork, Retford – Muddy Fork Good Food Pantry is looking to expand growing capacity on site and increase the distribution of fresh fruit and veg to local families in need. The funding will pay staffing and equipment costs.
£10,004 – Newark & Sherwood District Council – to provide a growing kit in partnership with Newark College for every primary school in the district as part of the Primary Schools Early Learning and Educational Growing Programme.
£5,527 – Ollerton Community Garden Project – the funding will pay for food growing equipment and social eating costs as part of the expansion of the existing community garden.
£10,000 – Venner Nutrition, countywide – the money will enable the Healthy Food Happy Communities project, in partnership with Home Start, to pay for healthy plant-based food boxes.