Community groups across West Norfolk can now apply for cash help from Freebridge Community Housing.
Its community fund lets organisations apply for up to £1000 to support activities to help others across the area.
Applications are welcome from groups whose aims include:
- Promoting health and wellbeing
- Tackling disadvantage
- Supporting local solutions to local needs
- Promoting community cohesion
- Developing sustainable and supportive communities, and
- Improving the environment
Freebridge Chief Executive Anita Jones said: “We know that the increase in the cost of living over the last few months has affected the ability of many charities and community groups to raise funds to support the vital work that they carry out. This has happened at the very point when these groups – who provide activities, opportunities, and support to others – are needed more than ever.
“At Freebridge we want to make sure that the inspiring people who support our tenants and the wider community in all sorts of different ways can continue making the massive difference they do.
The groups and projects that successfully received funding from the Freebridge Community Fund last year were:
The Big Heart & Soul Choir, who received funding towards re-starting their singing groups that closed because of the pandemic.
The Downham Dementia Support Association, who received funding towards re-opening their Dementia Café later this year, which helps support those diagnosed with the condition and their caregivers.
Family Action, who received funding towards continuing to provide therapeutic gardening and horticultural sessions for people experiencing poverty, disadvantage, and social isolation.
4th All Saints King’s Lynn Brownies, who received funding towards new equipment to support some of the activities they have planned.
The Pandora Project, who received funding towards supporting some of the activities within their ‘Open the Box’ recovery programme, which helps women and children in West Norfolk affected by domestic abuse.
West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association, who received funding towards supporting their attempts to diversify the services they offer by adding further activities to those they already provide.
Steel Bones, who received funding towards recruiting and training new volunteers in the area to help build a community to support amputee families live life to the full.
West Norfolk Carers, who received funding towards putting on some extra sports sessions for some of the young carers they work with who have faced additional pressure and extra responsibilities caring for family members during the pandemic.
Castle Acre Coronation Bowls Club, who received funding towards upgrading their toilet facilities, including a new disabled WC, at their community bowls club that’s been running since the 1950s.
West Walton Village Hall, who received funding towards supporting the set-up of a computer club for older people.