£28,000 cash boost for community projects

Adam Edmond Reserve Manager is pictured with volunteers David Major (far right) and Garath Thomas (far left) at work at Foxglove Covert which was supported with �500 from the Garrison Area Partnership. It saw footpaths on the reserve repaired after flood damages last September. A vibrating plate compactor was bought to restore the paths - which ensured the reserve could remain open for visitors.
Adam Edmond Reserve Manager is pictured with volunteers David Major (far right) and Garath Thomas (far left) at work at Foxglove Covert which was supported with �500 from the Garrison Area Partnership. It saw footpaths on the reserve repaired after flood damages last September. A vibrating plate compactor was bought to restore the paths - which ensured the reserve could remain open for visitors.

Community and voluntary projects across Richmondshire have benefited from a £28,000 cash boost this year

The Richmondshire Area Partnerships have supported more than 50 schemes - which in turn has helped to secure over £275,000 in total project costs for the area.

So far this year money has been awarded to a number of groups including the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Luncheon Club, Richmondshire Youth Council, Influence Church and Foxglove Covert.

New bike stands have been installed in Scorton, support has been given to the Swaledale Festival and Leyburn 1940s weekend and demountable staging bought for Newsham Village Hall.

Councillor Mick Griffiths, Deputy Leader, Richmondshire District Council said ‘It’s fantastic to See funding being used in this way. We are supporting and investing in our local communities.

“The money awarded ensures that they can now carry on the good work they are already doing and make Richmondshire an even better place to live. I am looking forward to seeing the benefits our new community opportunities fund will reap in the forthcoming year.”

There are five partnerships in the Richmondshire District Council area covering Central Richmondshire, the Upper Dales, Catterick Garrison, North Richmondshire and Lower Wensleydale.

They were set up to address local needs and issues and aim to involve communities in decisions affecting them, identify priorities for the local area and deal with any local concerns or issues residents may have.

Each partnership has a dedicated pot of money to spend on community and voluntary initiatives as well as projects looking to address the partnership priorities.

The full list of successful applications is available to view on richmondshire.gov.uk.

For more Information call Chloe Lewis, Business and Community Officer, on 01748 827022.