Councillors fund local good causes

Published: 26 Oct 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 Joshua Bennett-Lovell (Old Stevenage) has allocated £500 to the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline to pay for running costs of the service. Cllr Bennett-Lovell said: “The Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline is a local charity which provides a vital service to victims and survivors of domestic abuse. The helpline supports thousands of people each year in our county, and I am delighted to be able to provide £500 to help towards their ongoing marketing campaign, ensuring that this important service is known about by those who need it.”

Cllr Dr Barbara Gibson (Haldens) has allocated £1,000 to Herts Musical Memories towards the cost of providing a professional leader at their Welwyn Garden City group which supports people with dementia and their carers. Cllr Gibson said: “I know from my own experience caring for my father, who had Alzheimer’s, how music can both strengthen ties to the past and bring joy in the present. He was a lifelong musician, and even in his final days, never forgot the words to his favourite songs. I am happy to be able to help fund Herts Musical Memories to ensure Welwyn Garden City residents living with dementia and their carers have this wonderful musical resource in our community.”

Cllr Fiona Guest (Hemel Hempstead North West) has allocated £1,000 to the Friends of Halsey Field to buy new equipment. Cllr Guest said: “Halsey Field is a hidden gem right on our doorstep with its attractive views and habitat for plants and animals such as orchids and moths. This equipment will help the Friends of Halsey Field to manage it and further enhance is as a beauty spot and haven for wildlife.”

Cllr John Hale (Colney Heath and Marshalswick) has allocated £500 to the 17th St Albans Guides to pay for additional camping equipment. Cllr Hale said: “Girl guiding provides great opportunities for girls and young women to develop skills that will help them in later life. By supporting this organisation I hope to give the next generation an opportunity to participate in outdoor activities that will teach them important life skills.”

Cllr Dee Hart (Waltham Cross) has allocated £500 to the Cedars Nature Centre towards the cost of building an off show area for animal welfare and to establish breeding groups of endangered species. Cllr Hart said: “I am happy to be able to support the first community zoo in my division. This will help to educate school children about animal welfare. The Cedars Nature Centre is set within the historic setting of Cedars Park and will be free and assessable to all residents. It will also have disabled access. I will encourage as many residents as possible to support and visit this local zoo and park. What a great family day out on your doorstep. Well done to all concerned.”

Cllr Chris Hayward (Three Rivers Rural) has allocated £2,000 to Chorleywood Community Initiatives towards the cost of setting up a community stage for the Chorleywood Christmas Festival. Cllr Hayward said: “Supporting the Chorleywood Christmas Festival is all about supporting the community that I have the privilege to represent. It brings together local people in a celebration of all that’s best in our village of Chorleywood. I am delighted to once again be supporting it.”

Cllr Tim Hutchings (Hoddesdon North) has allocated £1,500 to John Warner School to pay for setting up a parent/child football coaching programme and buying sports equipment. Cllr Hutchings said: “This funding will help the school to further enhance the fantastic work they are doing to promote sport within the school, encourage participation amongst young people whilst also engaging the wider community. I am delighted to be able to lend my support and wish them every success with these projects.”

Cllr Jonathan Kaye (Ware South) has allocated £1,000 to the Targetted Youth Support Team East Herts and Broxbourne towards the costs on two youth justice reparation projects for young offenders. Cllr Kaye said: “The Ware Young People's Centre does tremendous work in the field of practical help, counselling, arts and crafts and sporting activities. They have a great team of people involved and I'm pleased to be associated with it.”

Cllr Nigel Quinton (Handside and Peartree) has allocated £1,000 to Recover Team towards the costs of developing their upholstery skills training programme, supporting the recovery of vulnerable, disadvantaged adults affected by mental health issues, substance abuse, alcoholism, a criminal record or homelessness. Cllr Quinton said: “The Recover Team perform a great service not only providing a valuable route into employment and a ‘normal life’ for individuals who have been in difficult circumstances, but also in producing high quality products sales of which provide over 50% of the funding required each year.”

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