Councillors fund local good causes

Published: 14 Dec 2017

Hertfordshire County Council’s locality budget scheme has funded thousands of community projects since it was launched in 2009, supporting local good causes and making a real difference to people across Hertfordshire.

County councillors work closely with local communities to identify local issues and have £10,000 a year each to spend on worthwhile projects in their area. They welcome applications from across the local community.

The following grants have been made in recent weeks:

Cllr Dr Barbara Gibson (Haldens) has allocated £750 to the Welwyn Hatfield Community and Voluntary Service towards the start-up costs of a Let’s Chat telephone support service, which provides regular calls and a friendly chat to people who are isolated. Cllr Gibson said: “As our population ages, the potential for isolation increases. It breaks my heart to think of people who may go days or weeks without any human interaction. This new programme will harness the great strength of the CVS in utilising volunteers to help alleviate isolation and loneliness, providing a friendly voice and a connection to the community. It’s a worthwhile project and I’m happy to play a part in getting it off the ground.”

Cllr Fiona Guest (Hemel Hempstead North West) has allocated £1,000 to John F Kennedy Catholic School towards the cost of display stands to mount an exhibition marking the school's Golden Jubilee. Cllr Guest said: “John F. Kennedy School has played an important role in the life of our local community over the last 50 years so I am keen to support this exhibition about it.”

Cllr Guest has also allocated £250 to Gobstoppers Theatre Company towards the cost of buying a projector and projector screen to aid education and drama projects. Cllr Guest said: “Gobstoppers provides activity, confidence-building and social life to children and adults. Their adult Glee Club does good community and charitable work locally.”

Cllr Tina Howard (Hemel Hempstead South East) has allocated £1,500 to Druglink towards the cost of purchasing garden furniture to create an outside recovery and recreation space for their Oxygen Recovery Centre.

Cllr Jeff Jones (Buntingford) has allocated £500 to Layston Preschool and Nursery towards the cost of a wooden playhouse Cllr Jones said: “I am pleased to be able to support Layston Nursery for the purchase of a wooden playhouse. This facility will greatly aid the learning process for these children through imaginative play and enable all year round use of the outdoor playhouse.”

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