Portsmouth community schemes given funding

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DEDICATED community activists have been handed £5,500 to improve areas across Portsmouth.

The cash was split between nine groups carrying out 11 projects from healthy eating to tackling social isolation.

Love Your Street winners met in Portsmouth on Saturday. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

Love Your Street winners met in Portsmouth on Saturday. Picture: Ian Hargreaves

All Love Your Street grant winners met yesterday at Portsmouth Central Library to kick-start their schemes.

Clare Seek, 39, of Wimbledon Park Road, Southsea, is using the £500 grant to fund three pop-up activities for people near to the park in Southsea.

She said: ‘The park is our central public space, it’s just neighbours joining together to building the community.

‘It’s going to be a range of activities in the park, we’re going to re-do the graffiti wall with artist My Dog Sighs.’

The group, called Wimbledon Park Patch, is made up of residents near the park.

The Love Your Street scheme – funded by The Southern Co-operative – is linked to Portsmouth Together, a project started after the city became a City of Service.

Volunteers and community groups submitted applications for £500 grants.