Thousands of pounds of community funding granted by WNDC

Published: Tue Jan 05 2010

A Sikh youth club, village film club and a gym for people with drugs, alcohol and mental health problems are among the groups that have been awarded grants from the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation’s (WNDC) Stronger Communities Fund this month.

A total of five community local groups received grants from this fund, totalling almost £40,000:

The Bridge Substance Misuse Programme has been awarded nearly £19,000 to equip a gym in Northampton for people with drugs, alcohol or mental health problems. The grant will pay for training equipment, punch bags, boxing gloves and table tennis tables and equipment. The group expect to receive around 750 referrals to the activity from police, probation, drugs services and other agencies.

Vince Carroll from the Bridge Substance Misuse Programme said: "This grant goes a long way towards helping us equip our new gym. It will help provide a facility that people with a variety of issues can use and benefit from as part of their recovery"

The county’s first ever korfball club – a mixed gender team ball game which resembles a mix of netball and basketball – is set to be launched thanks to one grant of just over £2,714. The Northampton Banshees Korfball Club, who are based at Moulton Sports Complex, will use their grant to pay for equipment, sports hall hire, coaching and publicity materials.

James Sloane, from the club, said: "Because we are the first Korfball club in the county we have had to set up everything from scratch for training and coaching. We are really hoping for the same success that Milton Keynes have had. Currently there are many players travelling from Northamptonshire to Milton Keynes. This club will keep these players local, grow the team, grow the sport and get a lot of people together having fun and keeping fit."

A grant of £7,750 has been awarded to The Old Village Hall Charity in Walgrave, which will enable this village to launch its first ever film club. The grant has paid for a cinema screen projector, staged seating, storage and a PA system, and the village also now wants to start hosting regular theatrical productions from Northants Touring Arts.

The Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club has been awarded £7,600 for its two youth clubs – the Kastle Klub for 10 to 19-year-olds and The Kids Klub for one to nine-year-olds. The grant will pay for all kinds of equipment, including arts and crafts, indoor equipment such as a giant chess board, darts and bowling set, a DVD player, TV, Wii fit console and sofas.

Pindy Chahal, from the group, said: "This funding will be used to buy equipment and resources which will greatly improve our very important youth and kids clubs. Feedback from young people and parents had shown that the clubs simply did not have enough facilities to keep the young people occupied."

ChessPoint Services, a county wide project which has brought chess into cafes, shops, libraries and community centres, were awarded £2,370 to enable them to start coaching and taking part in tournaments and national leagues. The grant will pay for equipment including tournament chess sets and chess clocks, coaching packs, electronic equipment, signage.

The WNDC Stronger Communities Fund, which is managed and distributed by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, is a pot of funding which is available to any not-for-profit, voluntary or community group operating in and around the three growth areas of Northampton, Daventry and Towcester.

To date, a staggering £155,891.28 has been awarded to local groups from the Stronger Communities Fund. This leaves just over £144,000, which groups can apply for from now until March 2011.

Peter Mawson Chief Executive of WNDC commented: "WNDC is delivering new places for people to live, work and spend leisure time in across Northampton, Daventry and Towcester. But this is about more than just bricks and mortar; it’s about creating new opportunities for local people to lead fulfilling lives. These voluntary groups are the glue that hold our communities together. We are thrilled to be funding their activity and will be supporting many groups like them in future"

Victoria Miles, Northamptonshire Community Foundation Chief Executive, said: "We are delighted to be working with WNDC to deliver these much needed grants to groups most in need. These grants make a huge difference. Capital funding – such as equipment purchase and building renovation - is often difficult to find, so this is a particularly valuable fund for the people in and around Northampton, Daventry and Towcester."

The £750,000 Stronger Communities fund will be awarding grants until March 2011. Any not-for-profit, voluntary or community group operating in and around the three growth areas of Northampton, Daventry and Towcester can apply. Northamptonshire Community Foundation, who is managing the fund on behalf of WNDC, offers advice and support throughout the application process.

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