Projects celebrate successful bids for Fareham Borough Council grants

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THE residents of a deprived neighbourhood have chosen where they want money to be spent.

The scheme, called the Fareham Park Purse, has been declared a success as eight community projects will benefit from cash injections.

BUSY The Fareham Park Fun Day

BUSY The Fareham Park Fun Day

The scheme was set up by Fareham Borough Council to tackle the deprivation in the area after Fareham Park, in north Fareham, was found to be in the top three per cent most deprived areas in the country.

The council applied for a £17,500 grant from Hampshire County Council, which was successful, and the seven county councillors in the Fareham area decided it would be best to pool the money and put it towards tackling deprivation in Fareham Park.

One of the main aims of the purse was to keep residents involved in any decisions. A voting scheme was set up so that residents could nominate groups they felt were most deserving, and a fun day was held to launch the start.

Member for leisure Cllr Connie Hockley said: ‘The fun day was brilliant – we had hundreds of people come along and vote.’

More than 500 people went to the day and a stall was set up so that residents could cast their votes. The council received 313 votes, and the council has announced that eight projects are set for a cash grant, see below.

Among these is Military Mentors, a project which prepares young people for the military, which received £1,500.

This will enable them to start a project next term working with youngsters in the Fareham Park area to give them a taste of military life.

Y Services for Young People, will use its grant of £2,500 to set up weekly youth work sessions, using street football.

Cllr Peter Davies said he was most excited by the Fareham Park History Project, which received £500, as it will see pupils from Henry Cort Community College produce a history magazine after interviewing older people.

Cllr Davies said: ‘It’s encouraging. I’m hoping this project will bring older people to the community centre, then maybe we can start a luncheon club.’

Cllr Hockley said: ‘I’d like to congratulate the organisers and wish good luck to all those who were awarded grants.’

Some winners will be at Fareham Town Community Action Team Meeting at Henry Cort Community College from 7pm on Thursday.

PROJECTS TO GET CASH FROM THE FAREHAM PARK PURSE

· Wessex Charity – To provide life education (drugs, alcohol and healthy life choices) workshops at St Columba Academy – £335

· Oak Meadow Children’s Centre and Jungle Buddies Play Bus – Children’s Centre staff to work with Jungle Buddies Play Bus to provide two hour staffed play sessions – £2,070

· Fareham North West Community Centre and Fareham Park History Project – Young people from Henry Cort Community College will interview older people living in Fareham Park to produce a history magazine and mural for Fareham Park area – £500

· Express FM – Confidence and skill building workshops for young people. The chance to create an audio CV and conduct audio interviews and podcasts about Fareham Park – £2,000

· Oak Meadow Children’s Centre – Outdoor play sessions - £2,500

· Military Mentors – Military taster session – £1,500

· South Coast CKD – Self defence and self discipline strategies to children and young people as a street sport initiative – £2,500

· Y Services for Young People – Fareham Park Footie Project, to provide weekly youth work sessions with trained coaches – £2,500

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