Councillors secure funding for great local causes

Published: 21 Feb 2020

Hertfordshire County Council’s locality budget scheme has funded thousands of worthwhile projects since it was launched in 2009, making a positive difference to many Hertfordshire communities.

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

The following grants have been made in the Stevenage area in recent months:

Councillor Sharon Taylor OBE (Bedwell) has awarded a grant of £500 to Stand by Men, a mental health awareness support group for men who meet every fortnight. The grant will help to buy branded polo shirts and high viz tops so the group’s admin team can be easily identified and promote their group more widely. Cllr Taylor said: “It is vital that we encourage men who have had or are currently suffering from mental health problems to speak out and seek help. This fantastic group gives men the confidence to speak out and provides them with the support of the group to listen and help by sharing their experiences.”

Councillor Sharon Taylor (Bedwell) awarded a grant of £500 to The Red Shed Project which provides garden activities and experiences to people living with dementia, their carers and families. Cllr Taylor said: “Tackling the issues of isolation and mental well-being, particularly in older age is a critical issue as we see people living longer. This project is an exciting approach to work with residents to support them from within their community.”

Councillor Sharon Taylor (Bedwell) awarded a grant of £500 to the Stevenage Credit Union, a community based, not for profit provider of savings and loans facilities for Hertfordshire residents and workers. The award will fund a social media campaign to extend its reach and customer base. Cllr Taylor said: “It is vital that we help our credit union to extend our reach to as many people in our community as possible. Our credit union offers safe, accessible financial services but it needs to increase its profile to let our residents know about the services it can offer.”

For further information on any of these stories please contact the county councillors directly via the Hertfordshire County Council website.