Community groups win grant funds

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MORE than £19,500 in grants to community and voluntary groups has been handed out by Daventry District Council.

The council presented the funding in the second round of this year’s capital grant applications.

DACT ShopMobility in Daventry received £1,437.

Rob Kinning from DACT said: “Some of the money will be used to replace some manual wheelchairs which are really beyond their sell by date for lending out to the public.

“The rest of the money will allow us to get some maintenance equipment which will mean we can do certain maintenace tasks ourselves, rather than having to pay someone to come in and do them for us.

“It’s something that will save us money in the long term, which is very important these days with cuts to lots of our sources of funding.”

Also, Crick Playing Fields Association has been given £8,000 to improve skate park facilities. Badby Village Hall Management Committee has also been given £4,828 to replace the floor in its building, and Weedon Bec Pocket Park has been granted £5,500 to help establish a wildlife park in the village.

Councillor Alan Hills, DDC’s community culture and leisure portfolio holder, said: “It’s fantastic that we are able to help these groups with funding that will ultimately benefit the local community.

“The capital grants exist to provide assistance for projects such as building improvements and the purchase of equipment, and I’d urge any voluntary or community groups in the district to take advantage of this initiative.”

Meanwhile in Kilsby young people will have activities laid on for them thanks to Northamptonshire County Council funding the scheme.

A group of young people managed to secure the funding after telling police community support officers their village lacked activities for them.

The youths then spoke to the parish council which then contacted the county council and in the end a partnership was formed between Kilsby Primary School and RealiZe – which specialises in setting up and running young adults sports and social groups.

During the summer the village’s recreation ground will offer sports on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes. After-school and evening clubs will be available in term time alongside football coaching on Saturdays.

The summer activities start on Tuesday, July 26, and Thursday, July 28 from noon to 1.30pm and cost £2.50 a session.

Kilsby Parish Council chairman Reg Dunn said: “We care very deeply about the young people in the village and are keen for them to spend their free time in organised activities where they can have fun with their friends as well as receive guidance”