Councillors fund local good causes

Published: 17 May 2018


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 Paul Zukowskyj (Hatfield South) has allocated £400 to St John’s Youth and Community Centre to repair the steps adjacent to St John’s Church in South Hatfield which are used by the public to gain access to shops. He said: “The steps have become uneven and present a tripping hazard, particularly for the very young and the elderly. The remedial work will make the steps safe for public use.”

Cllr Asif Khan (North Watford) has allocated £1,170 to Playskill, a local charity which works to empower pre-school children with physical difficulty or delay and their families to be healthier and gain skills for life. The grant will go towards replacing a camcorder to record children’s progress and a specialist chair which “will benefit all 41 Playskill children attending now and in the future” said Cllr Khan.

Cllr Asif Khan (North Watford) has allocated £500 to The Samaritans of South West Herts which offers people a safe place to talk without judgement about anything. The application for the grant is to provide on-going fund raising to support training facilities, resources and equipment. “Training venues, equipment and resources are essential to ensure enough volunteers are trained and retained to be available 24 hours a day to support those struggling to cope or at risk of suicide” said Cllr Khan.

Cllr Terry Douris (Bridgewater) has allocated £360 to Parochial Church of St Leonards Flamstead in preparation of Heritage Lottery Bid to secure funding to repair the church roof. “This grant will help our organisation to finalise the production of a professional and well-presented Heritage Lottery bid for significant funding to save the church from closure and protect the heritage” said Cllr Douris.

Cllr Jeff Jones (Buntingford) has allocated £1000 to Braughing Cricket Club to provide an all-weather surface for cricket nets. He said: “In order to give these young people the opportunity to play all year round, we need to lay an artificial surface. This will enable both formal and informal sessions to run throughout the year, keeping young people and children engaged in the sport.”

Cllr Jeff Jones (Buntingford) has allocated £500 to Hormead Parish Council to fund a community tea party and BBQ to celebrate the royal wedding on 19th May. “The parish community is spread between three villages. This is an excellent opportunity for the Parish Council to provide an opportunity for all residents of all ages to come together… The Meads is the only public space within the community and therefore the most appropriate” said Cllr Jones.

Cllr Robin Parker (Chells) has allocated £100 to Stevenage Borough Council to put towards the contribution of printing costs for leaflet printing for residents meetings held in March at Chells, Stevenage. Cllr Parker says that grant will go towards “residents meetings for three Councillors in Chells Ward”.

Cllr Steve Jarvis (Royston West & Rural) has allocated £750 to Home-Start Royston and South Cambridgeshire to provide a Home Visiting support service to a local family with children experiencing stress or crisis for 1 year. He said “With local children’s services being continually stretched, there is an identified need for the service that HSRSC can provide” he said. “Our objective is to enable parents to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills to manage their family lives again without Home-Start support and to access mainstream agencies and local community networks”.

Cllr Anthony Rowlands (St Albans East) has allocated £650 to Trestle Theatre Company, an arts charity with a mission to inspire creativity through participation and dialogue, to set up a new drama group called Act Up. The Trestle Arts Base in St Albans has been a community venue since 2002 and regularly host events and interactions with adults and young people with disabilities, learning difficulties and poor mental health. “They will benefit from having a reliable, weekly opportunity to come to a fully accessible and safe space and engage in a creative and healthy activity, led by experienced professionals” says Cllr Rowlands on discussion of the project.

Cllr Sharon Taylor (Bedwell) has allocated £1028 to SADA, Stevenage Borough Council. This is in support of the You and Me, Mum Couse which supports children and young people who have lived with domestic abuse. “By funding a crèche facility, it removes a barrier, enabling mums to attend the course and help their families benefit from what they have learnt” says Cllr Taylor.

Cllr Sharon Taylor (Bedwell) has allocated £100 to Bedwell Rangers FC to purchase Bedwell Rangers Football Club kit for girls’ teams, in particular, rain jackets and sweatshirts. She says: “Children from across the town will benefit from this grant application if it is successful”. She also mentions that “it allows us to keep registration fees as low as possible making football as affordable as possible for more people”.

Cllr Sharon Taylor (Bedwell) has allocated £300 to Irish Network Stevenage to help the running of their Friendship Group which meets on a monthly basis to support older and vulnerable people in Stevenage. She says: “We enable them to interact socially with people in similar situations, this creates friends and peer support”.  She also mentions that: “Through this group we have arranged Meals on Wheels, arranged for aids to be put in people’s homes and referred people to and other INS volunteer who has helped their claim entitlements which has enabled to purchase items and services that has improved their quality of life”. 

Cllr John Hale (Colney Heath & Marshalwick) has allocated £490 to Carers in Hertfordshire to deliver fun activities to give Young Carers a break from their caring role and thereby increasing their self-confidence and reducing isolation. “We want to see young carers increase their self-confidence and resilience” says Cllr Hale. “Young carers have input into the design and delivery of our services. This further increases the level of trust and involvement that we have already established with young carers and their families.”

Cllr Sharon Taylor (Bedwell) has allocated £1000 to St Nicholas C of E Primary School and Nursery to resource their forest school and to develop their early years outside areas for our children and the wider community.  “Many of our children live in very small homes with little or no access to outside space” says Cllr Taylor. “We believe it is vitally important for children to play and learn outside, not only does it improve their physical wellbeing but it also develops their confidence, self-belief, social skills and allows them the opportunity to build a relationship with and a respect for nature.”

Cllr Chris White (St Albans Central) has allocated £454.20 to St Albans District Council to improve the footpath surface into a play area and green space at Fleetville Recreation Ground. Cllr White says that this grant will “provide a better surface for disabled users and also provide an alternative safe route to school”.

Cllr Joshua Bennet Lovell (Old Stevenage) has allocated £1000 to Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School to replace condemned play equipment. Cllr Lovell says that “the new play equipment will not only support the physical development of our children but also the children accessing the 30 hours provision in the Early Years”.

Cllr Joshua Bennet Lovell (Old Stevenage) has allocated £1000 to Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School to fund an initiative called ‘Hooked on Books’ which is aimed to encourage a love of reading and help children become engaged in books to enrich their vocabulary. Cllr Lovell says “we are in need of new books for the children to read for pleasure. Our children would greatly benefit from new material, exiting stories, sparking imagination and conversation”.

Cllr Joshua Bennet Lovell (Old Stevenage) has allocated £800 to Fairlands Primary School to purchase a wide range of educational games that will be accessed by families through the school. The Cllr explains that the school runs a Game’s Library which “parents and children across the school are invited to borrow educational games to take home and pay with their children”. He also mentions that the Game’s Library “is a fantastic resource that has helped us develop parental engagement and also supports parents in supporting home-learning”.

Cllr Barbara Gibson (Haldens) has allocated £2,750 to Templewood School to pay for accessible playground equipment that all children can us to be installed in the Key Stage 2 playground. Cllr Gibson says “the grant will help make the key stage 2 playground a more welcoming environment for all of Templewood's children, but in particular for those who are unable to access existing equipment such as the climbing frames”. She also states that “the will also pay for a specially designed picnic bench which allows wheel chair user to sit comfortably with peers to join in more easily than is possible with our existing picnic benches”.

Cllr Andrew Stevenson (Hertford All Saints) has allocated £1000 to Hertford Arts Hub to fund a digital programme website and social media to promote local arts organisation and explore the public health value of engagement. “It will support the Alan Davie Festival” says Cllr Stevenson. “It works towards the ambition of the HAH to preserve the community assets of Hertford. Reconfiguring the Old Brewery to public gallery space for the benefit of residents’ workers and cultural tourism in Hertfordshire.

Cllr Nick Hollinghurst (Tring) has allocated £700 to Signpost, an organisation which supports the education and health of young people aged 11-25 through counselling, coaching and providing other therapeutic services. Cllr Hollinghurst says that the funding will go towards trialling “a new approach based on delivering group work that meets the needs of 11-13 year olds facing emotional and psychological problems”.

Cllr Joshua Bennet Lovell (Old Stevenage) has allocated £1000 to Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School to replace condemned play equipment. Cllr Lovell says that “the new play equipment will not only support the physical development of our children but also the children accessing the 30 hours provision in the Early Years”.

Cllr Robin Parker C.C. (Chells) has allocated £1,900 to Stevenage Borough Council for a bulb planting scheme in the Chells Division. The fund will be shared out between bulb costs and labour including use of associated tools and machinery. “The daffodil and crocus displays will enhance the visual appearance of the grass areas around the Chells Division” says Cllr Parker. “Chells Ward, Manor Ward and parts of Martins Wood War and St Nicholas Ward” are areas which the Cllr mentions as being included in the Chells Division.

Cllr Andrew Stevenson (Hertford All Saints) has allocated £1000 to Hertford Arts Hub to fund a digital programme website and social media to promote local arts organisation and explore the public health value of engagement. “It will support the Alan Davie Festival” says Cllr Stevenson. “It works towards the ambition of the HAH to preserve the community assets of Hertford. Reconfiguring the Old Brewery to public gallery space for the benefit of residents’ workers and cultural tourism in Hertfordshire.

Cllr Judi Billing (Hitchin North), Fiona Hill (Royston East and Ermine) and Michael Muir (Baldock and Letchworth East) have allocated £1000 each, making a grand total of £3000, to be awarded to Garden House Hospice Care. The funding will go towards supporting the new Children’s Bereavement Service which provides one-to-one support and counselling to children and young people who have a lost a close relative, or have a close living relative living with a life limiting illness. In a supporting statement, it is mentioned how “the loss of a close relative or carer can have a huge and long-lasting impact on children and young people” with Garden House Hospice Care being the only local organisation providing this kind of service within the North Hertfordshire and Stevenage area.

Cllr Dee Hart (Waltham Cross) has allocated £500 to the CVSBEH to provide funding to the community skills hub, a five year employability and skills initiative in sustainable community facilities used by partner organisations, local charities, not-for-profit organisations and locals residents, in an area where this support is greatly needed. Cllr Hart says “there is a desperate need for this type of facility in this area as Waltham Cross is in the bottom 20% of deprived areas in England”. She also mentions that “this project will target those furthest from the workplace, giving them skills to get back into employment/training/volunteering”. 

Cllr Dee Hart (Waltham Cross) has allocated £840 to Cheshunt Outdoor Bowls Club to buy a defibrillator. In her supporting statement, Cllr Hart says that “by virtue of the game, our membership shows a prominence of the most elderly members of the community, giving them a way of keeping fit and healthy, both in mind as well as body” and that “we are currently operating a programme aimed at increasing our membership”.

Cllr Fiona Guest (Hemel Hempstead North West – Division 11) has allocated £1500 to Silpa Business & Accounting Solutions – Behalf of Dacorum Dash, to raise funds for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Charity and improve the wellbeing of the community. Cllr Guest says that “we the Dacorum Dash’s volunteers are gathered together, on the passion and belief that working for the community is rewarding”.

Cllr Michael Hearn (Shephall) has allocated £2500 Grace Community Church to improve first aid facilities for the church and the local community including a defibrillator and a new burns kit and eye wash station. In a supporting statement, Cllr Hearn advised locals to apply for funding through his Locality Budget as the equipment would be available to the community following a first aid training course held at Grace Community Church in April 2018.

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