Community groups get advice at event in Daventry

Wendy Biggs, bookings secretary at Pitsford Village Hall, receives a cheque for �250 from Community Development Officer at Daventry District Council Tim Cantwell after winning the raffle.
Wendy Biggs, bookings secretary at Pitsford Village Hall, receives a cheque for �250 from Community Development Officer at Daventry District Council Tim Cantwell after winning the raffle.
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Community groups from across Daventry district picked up some tips and advice about the sources of support that are available to them.

More than 80 people from groups across the district attended the Funding Fair, which was organised by Daventry District Council and Daventry Volunteer Centre and held at the town’s Icon Environmental Innovation Centre.

There were presentations on a new funding stream for parish councils and how to write a successful grant application, while Colin Ritchie of Cold Ashby Playing Fields Association explained how the group raised more than £40,000 for their community project.

Visitors to last Wednesday’s event were also able to find out information about the range of funding and support offered by organisations including Daventry District Council, Daventry Volunteer Centre, Lloyds Bank, Daventry and District Housing, Daventry Town Council, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, and Northamptonshire County Council.

Pitsford Village Hall won the raffle, picking up £250 to boost their hall improvement fund.

Tim Cantwell, community development Officer at Daventry District Council, said: “It was pleasing to see such a strong turnout and hopefully a lot of people have gone away with a much better idea of the sort of support that is available and how they can access it to help with their community projects. Events such as this are valued by community and voluntary groups and the positive feedback we’ve had certainly reflects that.”

Carella Davies, manager at Daventry Volunteer Centre, said: “The Funding Fair does aim to be a good source of information for community groups on a range of topics, from volunteering to fundraising. But it’s also wonderful to see representatives of those groups speaking to one another, sharing their experiences, and helping each another in that way.”