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Haverhill charities benefit from councils’ community funding scheme

REACH community Projects has received �5,000 for the Haverhill Foodbank
REACH community Projects has received �5,000 for the Haverhill Foodbank

Haverhill charities REACH Community Projects and 3 Counties Transport are among the beneficiaries of funding from the West Suffolk Community Chest.

The grants are just part of £382,722 that has been distributed by Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury councils to a total of 16 organisations.

REACH has been awarded £5,000 to run a supported volunteer programme enabling people with physical or learning disabilities to help at its foodbank.

A sum of £5,310 has also gone to The Voluntary Network for its community transport scheme, of which the 3CT is a part.

Among the other recipients are Relate Norfolk and Suffolk, which has received £5,000 for relationship counselling services.

A grant of £182,000 has gone to Suffolk West Citizens Advice Bureau to help it review the way clients access services and ensure clients see the most appropriate agency.

The Volunteer Network has received £5,310 for its Befriending Scheme to further develop the service to enable clients to benefit from attending day centres, social groups, or other places to help resolve any barriers such as confidence and access.

Cllr Robert Everitt, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Families and Communities said: “Whether it is access to mental health services, support for disadvantaged families, tackling rural isolation amongst the elderly or even helping people with disabilities to be able to help other people in need at the Haverhill foodbank, these are all very important projects and I am delighted that St Edmundsbury is able to support them in this way.”

West Suffolk councils will be working with all of the various organisations receiving Community Chest funding to ensure that the projects meet its corporate priority of creating stronger, more resilient families and communities that are healthy, active, and are helping themselves and each other.

If any groups or organisations are interested in finding out more about Community Chest they can visit http://www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/community/community-grants.cfm

Applications for 2016/17 funding begin in April.

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