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Town organisations benefit from ONE Haverhill grants

Friday, 29th June 2012.

Haverhill community organisations benefiting the young, the elderly, and disadvantaged will be presented with more than £14,000 in community grants next week.

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.

Members of ONE Haverhill’s grants panel will present 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 with their grant funding on Tuesday.

Anne Gower, chairman of ONE Haverhill, said: “We are so pleased to present these groups with much needed money which will go a long way to helping their projects to benefit people in Haverhill.”

The grants were 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.

Henry Wilson, of REACH Community Projects, said: “This grant has been fantastic for the Furniture Bank. It has meant that we can employ the co-ordinator and bring some greater continuity to the project. It also gives us the opportunity to plan for the growth of the project.”

Paul Knight, of Suffolk Positive Futures manager, also expressed his thanks for the funding.

He said: “The funding we received from One Haverhill has allowed us to extend our Teenage Kicks project in the town.

"This will provide hundreds of young people with the opportunity to access a positive activity on a Friday night. The funding has allowed us to provide young people with an opportunity to play football for two hours for free on a Friday night in a safe environment, where they can meet new friends, burn off some energy and also gain from the health benefits of playing sport.”

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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