Voluntary groups set to benefit from more than £1million in grants from Hampshire County Council
Friday, 15 March 2013
Hampshire County Council has awarded more than £1million to voluntary groups and organisations across the county to help improve the wellbeing of Hampshire communities.
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber at the Policy and Resources Decision Day (14 March) has awarded grants totalling £1,004,509 to benefit six organisations across the county.
The grants are allocated to help groups provide services and facilities that benefit their local community by making them safer and more secure places to live, maximising the wellbeing of residents and enhancing the quality of the local area. The funding is allocated annually to help groups to continue to run their services and support those people who need their help the most.
Councillor Thornber said: "The County Council places great value on the essential work in our communities that these organisations provide, which is reflected in these grants. Voluntary and community organisations make a significant contribution to Hampshire's economy, society and environment and play a huge role in supporting the County Council to deliver its objectives.
"This funding comes at a crucial time when organisations are seeing an increase in the number of people seeking their help and support with some of the social and economic problems that may be associated with the current recession."
The organisations to benefit are:
Community Action Hampshire
A Council for Voluntary Service operating on a county-wide basis and is also the Rural Community Council for Hampshire - £262,748
Councils for Voluntary Service
CVS represents and supports voluntary and community organisations. This grant funding will help to provide information and training around volunteering - £515,683
Hampshire Association for Local Councils
HALC represents the interests of parish and town councils throughout the county - £70,000
Winchester and District Relate
The grant to Relationship charity Relate contributes to the rental of suitable premises which ensures a safe, confidential and secure environment for clients and counsellors - £25,099
The service provides free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses and their families. This grant will go towards the recruitment, training, retaining and supporting of volunteers who deliver the service - £14,255
Citizens Advice Hampshire
Citizens Advice provides free and impartial advice to ensure vulnerable people are aware of their rights and responsibilities. This grant will pay for specialist support and training - £116,724