Thousands of pounds given out to Portsmouth groups

The Company of Elders group at the Groundlings Theatre are to get �500 for technical training. Front from left, Anne Goode, Maureen Forster, Elizabeth Rands. Back from left, John and Margaret Mclaverty, Dudley Meredith and Margaret James''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150931-1)
The Company of Elders group at the Groundlings Theatre are to get �500 for technical training. Front from left, Anne Goode, Maureen Forster, Elizabeth Rands. Back from left, John and Margaret Mclaverty, Dudley Meredith and Margaret James''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150931-1)
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COMMUNITY groups across Portsmouth have been given a cash injection.

Eighteen organisations have secured the funding from the Portsmouth City Community Fund.

Grants were awarded to support all areas of the community from youth activities to domestic abuse services.

Hilsea Lido Pool for the People received £2,000 to continue running its summer activity sessions for youngsters aged nine to 15.

Lead volunteer Helen Downing-Emms said: ‘This money is a lifesaver for the children.

‘Last year when we asked them what they would be doing if they didn’t come to the session, 90 per cent said they would be at home watching TV or on the computer.’

The money will pay for 20 sessions in the next two years.

Older people are being helped with a grant to the Groundlings Theatre Company, which has been awarded £500 to help its Company of Elders group.

Artistic director Richard Stride said: ‘It is a fab project that I’m passionate about.

‘It’s about giving actors a chance to play anything as it is make-believe.

‘We also wanted to give older people confidence and show that they can still achieve and learn.

‘If we didn’t have the funding we wouldn’t have the capability to run the project.’

The grants will help around 3,000 people in Portsmouth including up-and-coming stars.

Chief executive at the Kings Theatre Trust David Cooper said: ‘This £1,200 funding means that we can take our Leading Lights students to Vienna where they will be able to do physical theatre sessions.

‘This will be the first time that some of them have been outside the country. We’re now able to take more students thanks to the grant.’

Fund chief executive Toni Shaw said: ‘It’s inspiring to see how the Portsmouth City Community Fund is helping so many small, local community groups, who are doing such amazing work to provide support and services to the most vulnerable people in our communities.’

The PCCF is a charitable fund which is given cash from Portsmouth City Council.