Massive boost to group funds

ALMOST £400,000 has been awarded to projects running in Fenland by Roddons Housing Association.

Projects aimed at tackling unemployment and raising skills in the Fenland community are among those which will be funded over the next couple of years.

More than 70 voluntary organisations, charities and statutory bodies applied for money from a £300,000 Community Funding pot.

The much-needed money will enable youth groups across the district to stay open in the face of budget cuts, provide tuition for young people at a special skills centre and fund a volunteering programme.

Christopher Smith, managing director of Roddons, said: “This year we invited applications from organisations which would fit our criteria to build better communities and tackling unemployment was key to that. We are delighted to be funding some fantastic projects throughout Fenland which we hope will have a great impact for the wider community in the long-term.”

The Fenland groups benefiting are:

• Fenland District Council, £70,100 (over two years) for staffing Community House, Wisbech

• Fenland CAB, £42,000 (over two years) for programme of financial inclusion advice and workshops

• Murrow and Parson Drove Action for Youth, £33,900 (over two years) to keep open two youth clubs and run a residential course

• Drinksense, £45,000 (over two years) for out-reach projects working with 16-24 year-olds

• March Skills Centre, £45,000 (over two years) to provide a tutor

• Age UK, £19,800 to extend Lifechangers service

• Fenland Scrapstore, £20,100 for two apprentices

• British Red Cross, £45,000 (over two years) for ‘Care in the Home’ project

• Young People March, £13,900 (over two years) to employ a fund-raiser

• Murrow Book Café, £5,000 for computer equipment and IT course

• Volunteer Centre Fenland, £17,000 (over two years) to run volunteering programme in March East

• Fenland District Council, £25,000 for Neighbourhood Forum’s small grants pot

• Wisbech Schools Partnership, £5,000 to run jobs fair for primary schools

• Fendis, £6,500 to expand multisport provision for young people with disabilities

• March ATC, £4,200 to purchase new equipment

• Wisbech St John Ambulance, £1,500 to purchase laptop and projector

• 12th Wisbech Scouts, £250 for two new parade flags