Voluntary Groups to receive more than £40,000 funding

Friday, March 24, 2017


Rochford District Council is providing more than £40,000 in funding to support local voluntary sector groups as part of its voluntary sector grants scheme.

The money will help 24 organisations which benefit the local community in a variety of different ways, including the provision of activities for young people, older people, carers and those with disabilities.

This year, Rayleigh, Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS) have been allocated £15,000 to support the local voluntary and community sector.

The full list of small grant recipients is below:

Southend Achievement Through Football    - To provide weekly football training sessions and football equipment  -   £1,000

Great Wakering Summer Playscheme -   Towards pre-event purchases e.g. public liability insurance and event consumables  -   £500

Rochford Extended Services   -  Towards the cost of funding a Family Support Worker   -  £985

4th Rochford Scout Group  -   Towards cost of replacing doors and windows at Scout Hut  -   £1,500

Kaos Youth Club   -  Towards cost of Summer Camp -   £1,046

2nd Castlemount Guide Company  -  Towards running costs  -   £1,000

Supporting Carers and Families Together  -  Towards cost of venue hire -   £1,000

Stambridge Memorial Hall  -  To purchase fishing equipment  -  £700

Rayleigh Age Concern (Todman Centre) -    To replace carpeting in lounge, hallway and entrance -   £1,500

Trustlinks Ltd  -   Equipment to run fitness activity groups.  To cover sports trainer costs  -   £2,500

PCC of Rayleigh  -  To replace faulty gas cooker -    £1,249

5th Rayleigh Scout Group  -  To purchase new event shelters   -  £512

Rochford Bowling Club  -  To purchase sprinkler heads, soil, turf and timber  -   £1,500

Castle Point Association of Voluntary Service (Befriending Scheme)  -To purchase a laptop and mobile phone for Befriending Scheme  -  £1,000

Wyvern Community Transport    - To pay for MiDAS training for drivers and to cover volunteer expenses -   £1,000

Active Christian Trust -   Towards cost of providing Family Fun Sessions   -  £1,000

Bar’N’Bus Trust   - Towards cost of renovating bus. Towards cost of running service  -   £2,500

Rankins Cricket Club  -   Towards cost of refurbishing two port-a-cabin containers to use as changing rooms   - £1,500

Equal People Performing Arts  -  Towards cost of renovating corridor / creation of personal care room  -  £1,500

Footprints Community Association -   Towards cost of supporting dance sessions  -  £1,000

Active Rochford   - To expand Active Colleagues project   - £1,000

Hockley & Hawkwell Old Peoples Welfare Committee  -  To purchase new fixtures for ladies and gents toilets. Also to re-decorate toilets  -  £500

Supporting Asperger Families in Essex   - Towards cost of running AS/HFA sessions with girls and their parents   - £1,000

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance, Cllr Simon Smith, said: “The Council appreciates the vital role community and voluntary groups play in the lives of Rochford District residents and the support they provide. 

“I’m delighted  that despite cuts in our funding from central government, we have still managed to provide funding to help these organisations run their services which help to support our residents.

“The funding that we are making available will not only help them to carry on with their day-to-day services, but also take on some key projects which may otherwise have been difficult to get off the ground. This will enable them to offer activities for young people, improve local facilities and help the most vulnerable in our communities.”

Jamie Sawtell, Chief Executive Officer, at the Megacentre, Rayleigh, welcomed the grant for the Active Christian Trust.
He said:  “The Megacentre Rayleigh is a local charity supporting young people and families.  The grant given by Rochford District Council specifically supports our Family Fun sessions.  Family Fun is a welcoming, inclusive and supportive club for families with children with any additional need.  It offers fun and games, the opportunity to learn new skills and a safe space to meet others, as well as providing support for parents.”

For further information  please contact Andrew Lowing, Strategic Partnership Officer, on 01702 318061 or e-mail andrew.lowing@rochford.gov.uk