£100,000 pay out for Portsmouth groups

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COMMUNITY and volunteer groups will receive £100,000 of funding from Portsmouth City Council this month.

Fourteen groups will get the grants, of between £2,500 and £15,000, from the fund the council set up to help them plan for the future. The cash will be used to make sure the groups can maintain services before cuts begin to take effect.

Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘This is a tough time for many groups who are facing a reduction in their funding. This is about giving as much support as possible to groups that protect and support some of our most vulnerable people.’

The groups which will receive the cash are Learning Links, Motiv8, Relate, Down Syndrome International, Connors Toy Library, Portsmouth Counselling Service, Portsmouth Citizen Advice Bureau, Portsmouth branch of Friends of the Earth, Headway, Ask (Portsmouth Parent Partnership), Portsmouth Autism Support Network, The Elizabeth Foundation, ROCC and the Be Your Best Foundation.