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One Haverhill dishes out first round of grants

Thursday, 26th April 2012.

Nine local organisations benefiting the young, the elderly, and disadvantaged will benefit from £14,000 in community grants from One Haverhill.

Community groups and organisations from across the town were invited to submit applications for up to £5,000 from a special grant pot made available to One Haverhill by St Edmundsbury Borough Council to fund projects that will benefit Haverhill people.

One Haverhill’s board has given the go-ahead to £14,371 of grants to Haverhill Cricket Club, Haverhill Local History Group, Haverhill Volunteer Centre, Wednesdays for Women, Positive Futures/Catch 22, Open Road, British Red Cross, Haverhill Schools Initiative, and REACH Community Projects.

This is in addition to the support already agreed for a number of community events in Haverhill over the summer including torch and Jubilee celebrations, the Big Day Out, U Festival and Community Family Fun Days.

Anne Gower, chairman of One Haverhill, said 23 applications had been received from the community and the projects selected were based on how they could make a real difference to the people of Haverhill.

She said: “I am pleased that the grants panel received 23 applications from a range of organisation and groups.

"They had some very difficult decisions to make, as you can imagine, especially as this was our first time looking at applications for funding. We have learnt from that experience and look forward to the next round in September.

"We are very pleased, but not surprised, to have had such a positive response to the first round of grants and we hope that the successful projects provide significant benefit for the people of Haverhill.”

The biggest grant went to REACH Community Projects who will be given £5,000 towards setting up a furniture bank in the town to recycle unwanted essential household furniture and re-distribute it free of charge to local families and individuals in crisis following eviction, fire or flood, family breakdown and domestic violence.

Haverhill Local History Group will receive £1,750 towards the rental of the rooms at the Arts Centre for the Haverhill History Centre.

Suffolk Positive Futures/Catch 22 will receive £1,500 towards the hire of Astroturf pitches for its Haverhill Teenage Kicks Football Project, which supports 13 to 19-year-olds with a football programme which aims to reduce the number of youth crimes and nuisance behaviour.

Haverhill Volunteer Centre will be given £1,500 as a contribution towards its community information directory; British Red Cross will receive £1,000 towards a pilot community support programme which will involve volunteers visiting vulnerable people in the town to provide support and practical solutions to problems.

The Haverhill Schools Initiative, set up by local churches in 1995, will have £1,000 towards its ‘Cafe Vibe’ project which provides an after school drop-in cafe held weekly during term-time for secondary school pupils to provide a safe place to meet, relax, study, and use computers for homework.

Staff and volunteers are on hand to provide a listening ear and assist pupils at the cafe at Next Door, in Camps Road (next to the Methodist Church).

The Wednesdays For Women group, which meets at the Leiston Social Centre, will receive £972 needed for ongoing support towards venue hire, crèche workers and its co-ordinator post.

Haverhill Cricket Club will receive £900 towards a new mobile cricket cage and the charity Open Road will be given £750 towards a new drug and alcohol recovery service operating from premises in Strasbourg Square on the Chalkstone estate. Among the treatments on offer will be one-to-one key working, counselling and structured day programmes.

One Haverhill is a board set up in 2011 to bring together a range of stakeholders including all three tiers of local government, the business sector, education, police, health and others as one voice with the aim of improving the quality of life for people in Haverhill.

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