More than £23,664 in grant funding has been awarded to Haverhill projects by ONE Haverhill.
Community groups and organisations in Haverhill that needed funding towards projects which improve the quality of life for people in the town were invited to submit their applications for a ONE Haverhill grant.
Warren Smyth, chair of the ONE Haverhill Grants Panel, said: “We received 17 applications in this round requesting funding for local community projects.
“Many congratulations to all of them and we look forward to seeing the outcomes of these projects for the town.”
Among the recipients were Haverhill Community First Responders which received £2,000 towards the cost of purchasing a public access defibrillator to be located in the town.
David Halsey, Haverhill First Responders coordinator said: ”Thanks to the support of ONE Haverhill, Haverhill Community First Responders will be able buy the town’s first public access defibrillator. This vital life saving equipment will be available to the public to save lives when someone has a cardiac arrest.”
REACH Community Projects received £2,500 for REACH Money Advice, a new project to deliver an effective and efficient debt advice service, and £1,000 to enable the charity to complete phase 2 of a programme to provide racking for the town’s foodbank. Henry Wilson said: “I can’t stress enough the importance of the support of ONE Haverhill for an organisation such as ours.
“The finance is fantastic and will help us complete Phase II of our warehouse racking and continue helping many people struggling with debt issues.”
1st Haverhill Scout Group was awarded £2,150.00 towards a project to make archery equipment available as a community resource for young people in Haverhill.
The Voluntary Network has £3,910.50 towards its Befriending Service which provides friendship and support to those who would otherwise be isolated, while Avenues East received £3,706.26 towards a fortnightly leisure / culture clubs for disabled people living in Haverhill.
Haverhill Gymnastics Club has been given £3,500.00 towards the purchase an inflatable, moveable, tumble track.
Kevin Woolcott, from Haverhill Gymnastics Club, said: “We are delighted to receive The ONE Haverhill Grant. The money will help to buy much needed equipment that provides an extra station that will help to build our young gymnasts’ confidence.
“This also gives more children the opportunity to take part in gymnastics. Thank you ONE Haverhill.”
And Friends of East Town Park has been awarded £1,750.00 to place information boards around the park, to describe the history of the area for a history trail.
Haverhill Stroke Support Group received £1,048.00 to engage a qualified Speech and Language Therapist.
Haverhill Ladies Netball Club received £1,000 towards the start up costs of expanding its junior section.
Haverhill & District Rotary Club will be able to purchase 100 long life (10 year) smoke alarms to be fitted into vulnerable households in Haverhill by Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service thanks to £700 of funding and students at Samuel Ward and Castle Manor Academies will now be able to run an enterprise project which engages with the community thanks to £400 of funding.
Groups could apply for up to £5,000 from a special grant pot, made available to ONE Haverhill by St Edmundsbury Borough Council, to fund or help towards projects in the town.