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Nottinghamshire charities set for huge deposits thanks to Covid-19 Partnership Social Recovery Fund and Community Hub Food Plan Fund

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Almost £900,000 is to be handed out to 39 Nottinghamshire charities and projects to provide support to vulnerable people, writes Cameron Rutherford.

Nottinghamshire County Council has approved the grants for the organisations, which will share £610,182 from the Covid-19 Partnership Social Recovery Fund, and £282,817 from the Community Hub Food Plan Fund.

John Cottee, chairman, of the council’s communities committee, said: “We have a great number of charities and organisations in Nottinghamshire that have gone above and beyond during the pandemic to provide a lifeline to the more vulnerable members of society who have needed support.

John Cottee, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council's Communities Committee (52935357)
John Cottee, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council's Communities Committee (52935357)

“Therefore, it goes without saying that I hope the funding we have approved will support and enable them to continue with their tireless efforts, which will ultimately improve the lives of so many in their communities.

“I would like to thank the charities and organisations who have taken the time to put together application bids for funding and would like to wish them every success for the future.”

Nottinghamshire County Council (53330203)
Nottinghamshire County Council (53330203)

Beneficiaries from the Covid-19 Partnership Social Recovery Fund in the Advertiser area include:

£13,170 to the YMCA Newark & Sherwood to provide weekly sports sessions for 48 weeks for Gypsy Romany families in the district who have been particularly affected by the pandemic.

£14,900 will go to the Nottingham Forest Community Trust, Newark and Sherwood, for a project co-ordinator, venue, kit and facility hire as part of a one-year tackling loneliness programme for around 100 older people and those socially isolated.

Active 4 Today will receive £8,840 for a weekly private swim session for older people with additional needs. The funding will cover pool hire spanning two years.

The Lifespring Church and Centre, Ollerton, gets £19,300 to launch and support a new memory café for those living with dementia and carers and an Autism Unlimited support group for families. The funding will cover volunteer training and expenses, overheads for two venues and operating costs.

Farmeco Community Care Farm, in Screveton gets £29,980 to deliver three projects — nature care, create with nature and experience days — supporting more than 300 people over a 12-month period. The money will pay for a co-ordinator, administration support, mobility equipment and transport costs.

Fernwood Parish Council gets £7,000 to open and financially support a youth club every Friday for young people aged ten to 16 for 12 months. This will pay for a youth worker, two youth support workers, venue and equipment hire.

The Alzheimer’s Society, will receive £82,882 to employ a community engagement officer for two years, which will aim to establish a Dementia Friendly Nottinghamshire.

Among the projects sharing £282,817 from the Community Hub Food Plan Fund are:

Cotgrave Community Garden gets £26,200 to support additional staff costs and wider development of the project, which provides food distribution, social eating, and mental health support.

Newark and Sherwood District Council gets £10,004 to provide a growing kit in partnership with Newark College for every primary school in the district.

Ollerton Community Garden Project will receive £5,527 to pay for food growing equipment and social eating costs as part of the expansion of the existing community garden.

Sewa Day, gets £22,400 to cover storage and food costs and help the foodbank pay for volunteer recruitment, training, expenses, transport costs and equipment.

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