Hampshire’s community spirit is strong – projects receive more than £125,000 of funding

Work carried out by community groups across Hampshire on a range of initiatives to provide strong and inclusive communities, such as supporting people living with dementia, boosting access to green spaces and helping those at risk of being homeless, has been awarded £126,215 from Hampshire County Council

Sep 3 2018

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The funding has been approved today (3 September) by the County Council’s Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward, from the Community Capital Fund 2018/19, and the Culture and Community Activity Grants 2018/19.

Councillor Woodward said: “This grant funding provides a range of opportunities for residents to take part in, and enjoy, a variety of community focussed, cultural and recreational activities such as being involved in theatre productions, learning about Hampshire authors and attending a community cinema. Grants have also been provided to help support those who may be at risk of becoming homeless or socially isolated, and help ensure more people are part of inclusive communities.

“At the same time, the money we award to community associations and village halls through the Community Capital Buildings Fund ensures that activities can continue to take place in, modern, energy efficient buildings, fit for the 21st century which people will continue to  use for many years to come.”

Culture and Community Activity Grants

The six projects to receive support are:

Eastleigh

Westfield Productions - £1,500 for a community theatre group to stage an ambitious Peter Pan pantomime to mark their 80th anniversary. The organisation will also offer a workshop to young people on the set to encourage new members.

Hart

Charles Kingsley Society - £3,000 to support community outreach activity in advance of a festival in June 2019 to celebrate the bicentenary of author Charles Kingsley. Activities will include a series of talks, a locally written and performed play and a choral work performed by local choral societies.

Rushmoor

Society of St James ­- £1,500 to support monthly outdoor activities for residents of North Lane Lodge, which provides accommodation and support for the homeless, most of whom have substance abuse and mental health issues. Activities will aim at increasing social skills and develop team work, trust, time keeping and other independent living skills.

Test Valley

Andover Trees United - £1,330 for a schools’ tree planting fortnight to take place in November and December 2018. This is part of an ongoing project to create a community woodland, with 1,000 Hampshire residents expected to benefit.

Winchester

Brendoncare - £3,000 towards a weekly activity group for people with dementia, their partners and/or carers and wider community members. The project is intended to provide stimulating activity, to help residents integrate into the local community and to reduce social isolation. Activities will include dancing, yoga, curling and specialist dementia table tennis.

Weeke Community Association - £1,240 towards a fortnightly community cinema, particularly for older people. The money will support an expansion of a current pilot project.

Community Capital Buildings Fund

The seven projects to receive support are:

Basingstoke

Bramley Village Hall - £21,600 for remodelling and extension work. Plans are to create a small meeting room/office space, relocate the toilets (including accessible), make a larger kitchen and add new nursery toilets for the pre-school and other young children’s groups. Access to the main hall will be improved so that facilities are suitable for a range of visitors.

Tadley and District Community Association ­- £19,620 towards refurbishing the toilets in the community building, including accessible toilets. LED lights will be installed to improve energy and cost efficiencies.

East Hampshire

Alton Community Association - £12,400 towards works to bring the community centre up to fire standards. Changes will include the refurbishment of internal doors, the replacement of electrical sockets, updating fire exit signage and fire shutters for the community café.

New Forest

Hale Village Hall - £7,500 towards a two-storey extension to provide a small kitchen, improved toilets and increased storage space. The hall will also be fitted with sound insulation between floors to increase flexible/multi-use.

Lymington Community Association ­– £25,000 towards an extension of the village hall to increase the size of the kitchen and upgrade it to commercial/restaurant standard. The works will help the organisation generate income and to continue to be financially sustainable.

Test Valley

King’s Somborne Village Hall - £25,000 towards a new building to relocate a pre-school from its existing facilities in the village hall, freeing up space for hire and providing improved children’s facilities. The new building will be available outside term time to other groups.

Winchester

Northbrook Hall Management Committee – £3,525 towards an upgrade of the the village hall’s heating system and controls to improve energy efficiency. The outside space will be improved by creating a garden area which will increase hireable space, and changes will be made to make the access to the storage shed outside better.

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