Haverhill projects have been awarded more than £9,000 in grant funding by umbrella group ONE Haverhill.
The town’s community groups and organisations aiming to improve the quality of life for people in Haverhill were invited to submit their applications for a grant.
Groups could apply for up to £5,000, with the cash made available to ONE Haverhill by St Edmundsbury Council, to fund projects that complement the Haverhill Community Budget Plan priorities.
This is the fourth round of grants ONE Haverhill has awarded since 2012.
Applicants had to demonstrate that the funding will make a real difference to the people of Haverhill, have clear objectives and plans for the project and how they will measure its effectiveness.
Clair Harvey, chairman of the ONE Haverhill grants panel, said: “We received 13 applications in this round requesting funding for local community projects.
“The grants panel had some difficult decisions to make but granted a total of £9,770 as was allocated in this round to eight applicants.
“All of the grants are aligned to the Haverhill Community Budget priorities in that they directly provide activities for young people or to improve the physical environment of the town.
“Our congratulations to all of them.”
Among the recipients were Haverhill and District Local History Group which received £2,000 towards ensuring the future of the Haverhill History Centre for a further year by paying the annual fee for the licence to occupy the history room and associated areas within the arts centre.
Abbeycroft Leisure received £1,920 towards a project to deliver Explore Outdoor skills sessions three times a month from June to September for disadvantaged 16 to 25 year olds who reside at Cangle Foyer.
The sessions will enable them to develop key personal development skills to increase confidence, develop life skills and encourage problem solving.
Amelia Epton, Abbeycroft Leisure’s sports development and physical activity officer, said: “We are so pleased to receive a grant from ONE Haverhill to enable us to deliver sessions for the young people at Cangle Foyer.
“Working with the residents, we aim to develop citizenship skills and promote social development for youngsters in Haverhill.
“By using a range of outdoor education activities, they will develop life skills helping them to increase their confidence, learn how to tackle problems and develop the skills need to achieve self reliance and independence.”
Wednesdays for Women was awarded £1,850 towards the cost of setting up a toy library for parents and children in Haverhill.
The group meets weekly at Leiston Community Centre and provides support, friendship and opportunities for women and their children to promote their physical and emotional wellbeing.
The toy library will enable parents to borrow a variety of age appropriate toys for their children for a small fee to be returned the following week.
The library will promote play and development for pre-school age children.
Wednesdays for Women coordinator Fenella Simmons said: “Wednesday for Women is thrilled to accept the funding from ONE Haverhill and it will be a valuable addition to allow the charity to support further women in Haverhill.
“The funding will be used to set up a toy library run from the Leiston centre. Haverhill does not currently have anything like this in place and this will allow W4W to connect with more families, helping to encourage play development for all children in the community.
“W4W has recognised that in the current economic environment there are many families for which eating healthy food on a budget is becoming increasingly difficult, the other part of the funding will be used to fund a chef and nutritionist to support the group in providing healthy, great tasting meals on a budget.
“W4W always welcomes new members we meet at the Leiston Centre every Wednesday in term time and offer a crèche and exercise and workshops and speakers.”
Haverhill Tennis Club received £1,600 towards their project to run courses to give young people a chance to try out tennis and play competitive matches against players of a similar standard.
The grant will enable the Club to buy equipment for the courses, court hire and coaching fees to deliver the sessions.
Head coach Robert Jeffs said: ““As a result of the grant given by the ONE Haverhill grant scheme, Haverhill Tennis Club hope to introduce a new sport to young people, which would give them the opportunity to play socially, get fitter or compete with like minded people at the tennis club.
“This would help their well being and learn a skill for life.”
Haverhill in Bloom was given £700 in match funding for purchasing plants for hanging baskets and floral troughs to be placed in locations in the town centre and enhance the appearance of the town.
Ben Pumfrey, chairman of Haverhill in Bloom, said: “We would like to thank ONE Haverhill for the grant, it will really support us in our efforts with the planting this year.”
Suffolk Mind will receive £700 towards the cost of a planned project to set up a two hour ‘Make It’ weekly art group in Haverhill for people with poor mental health.
Sue Gray, Suffolk Mind’s business development director, said: “This a fantastic contribution towards our project which will bring an art group to Haverhill for people with mental ill health.
“Once we reach our remaining target of £1,200 we will be opening the group. Thank you ONE Haverhill.”
HaverHalf, Haverhill’s first half marathon, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, was awarded £500 towards the costs for running the event on May 11.
Race director Jack Tappin said: “We’re really grateful for the grant money from ONE Haverhill as we need every penny of sponsorship to ensure that HaverHalf and Haver10 run successfully, not just this year but to ensure the future of these races and athletics events in Haverhill.
“We now have at least eight community groups involved on the day along with seven businesses, and people from Haverhill and the surrounding area have dominated the 200 plus entries we have had so far.
“HaverHalf is raising money for a local charity celebrating its 30th year by cementing its presence in Haverhill, and the two races are a fitting way of marking that anniversary.
“Having now been issued with race licences from UK Athletics runners are assured that we are staging a quality event and we as organisers must strive to abide by the strict standards.
“My hope is that HaverHalf can be a success this year and become an annual event, creating a legacy of getting local people involved in running or volunteering, bringing the wider athletics community to the town and raising tens of thousands of pounds for local charities.”
You can enter HaverHalf or Haver10 online at www.entrycentral.com/haverhalf or collect a form from the arts centre.
For more information or to volunteer as a marshal e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Haverhill Running Club received £500 to help start a new youth section for the club.
The money will be used to run and promote the section for six months while membership is being built.
Club chairman Trevor Bunch said: “Everyone at Haverhill Running Club is absolutely delighted to be receiving this grant from ONE Haverhill for its new junior section.
“The club’s well established senior section has seen a upsurge in membership since the Olympics, but up until now we haven’t been able to provide for younger runners, even though the demand was obviously there.
“With this funding we can sow the seeds of what will hopefully become an equally successful junior section of the club.”
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