Groups get slice of £12,000 as the public decides

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SCOUTS, youth clubs, and street pastors in Gosport have all been picked by the public to receive a cash boost.

Seven groups in the town have been awarded a slice of a £12,000 grant as part of an event called You Decide.

People were invited to Gosport’s town hall on Saturday to watch presentations from different groups before deciding who got the funds.

The money was provided by Hampshire County Council’s Have Your Say initiative and was run by Gosport’s Community Safety Partnership.

On the day there were 17 groups bidding for cash, which amounted to £52,000.

But with only £12,000 to dish out, members of the public had a tough decision ahead of them

Councillor John Beavis, of Gosport’s council, is the chairman of the Gosport Community Safety Partnership.

He said: ‘I thought it was outstanding and perhaps the best You Decide event we’ve ever had.

‘The voting was very fair and it was the public who decided who the money went to.

‘Everyone did really well.’

n The 6th Gosport Scout Group was given £3,000 to help with the building of a new home for their group. The Rowner-based Scouts have raised £12,000 through fundraising and needed another £3,000 to start work.

n The Momentum and Activ8 youth clubs were given £2,439 to replace equipment and enhance the group’s music and lighting.

The two groups are run by volunteers from the Gosport Family Church.

n Volunteer counsellors at the Moving On project were given £900 to provide 24 hours of conselling per week to young people in Gosport.

The funding will help pay for the training of volunteers.

n Aspiring Autism, a group to provide support for families affected by autism, was given £2,000. They wanted to buy toys and equipment to help run their group to pay for one-off events.

n A grant of £800 was given to provide a Forest School leader to teach toddlers at the Oxstall MEadow in Grange Farm.

n The Gosport Street Pastors were given £1,650 to train five volunteers to go out onto the streets of the town each Saturday night and one Friday night a month.

n Finally, Fortonfest 2013 was given £1,210 for a free community event of live music and activities at Forton Park, run by volunteers.