Vital funding makes a difference to residents' lives
Designed to raise awareness of the good work going on in the borough, the booklet gives an overview of projects funded by the council’s Community and Voluntary Sector Grant Scheme between April 2015 and March 2018. The £777,000 in grants to 22 organisations supported delivery of 26 different programmes which reached over 25,000 participants and involved more than 500 regular volunteers.
Among those to have benefitted from funding is the Young People’s Independent Counselling Service, which delivered 4,000 free sessions and supported 870 young people who were experiencing difficulties at home, school or in the workplace. Educational provider RCS Ltd also received funding for its Get That Job! Programme assisting those facing complex barriers to find work or move closer to the workplace, achieving 7,000 visits and supporting 1,200 participants.
Funding was awarded to Age Concern Hampshire’s information and advice service for older people in the borough which supported 1,150 individuals through outreach events and delivered more than 300 home visits, securing £400,000 in new benefits for clients.
Homeless and vulnerable individuals benefitted from free weekly football sessions at Queen Mary’s College. The college received a grant to support this programme and worked with five partners including May Place and the Camrose Centre to deliver 140 sessions to more than 160 participants ranging in age from 18 to 37. Afterwards, 100% of the participants said that the sessions had positively impacted their health.
In Tadley, The Hurst Community School was given funding towards its Rural Access Get Active project which aimed to improve sporting opportunities and participation in sport across the whole community. The programme worked with 52 partner organisations to deliver more than 6,000 sessions, with total participation exceeding 2,700 people.
Basingstoke Consortium received funding towards two programmes delivered in partnership with local businesses, one focusing on young people’s employability and the other on careers within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) industries, which supported 5,500 young people.
Other borough organisations who received funding included Home-Start North West Hampshire, Inspero, Basingstoke Mencap, the Camrose Centre, Community Furniture Project, Basingstoke NeighbourCare and Fluid Motion Theatre Company.
The council is continuing to work in partnership with the community and voluntary sector and a new round of programme grant funding was awarded earlier in the year, supporting activities from April 2018 to March 2021. These are designed to empower residents and help build resilient communities where people can thrive and feel they belong.
Cabinet Member for Finance, Service Delivery and Improvement Cllr Robert Tate said: “We recognise the enormous contribution that community and voluntary sector organisations make to the borough. The services, activities and support they provide to thousands of local residents make a real difference to people’s lives, especially the more vulnerable members of the community.
“It is positive to see the breadth and variety of the programmes that have been supported and how the funding has unlocked additional support from other sources, helping to build a more sustainable and vibrant community and voluntary sector.”
The booklet and further details on the grants awarded can be found at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/funding.