Small grants make a big impact on the community

FROM cookery lessons for mums, to developing understanding of disabilities '“ good causes across the area are benefiting from a £10,000 pot of cash.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 24th January 2017, 6:06 am
The Roberts Centre has been granted £500 to pay for play equipment to aid learning for vulnerable families
The Roberts Centre has been granted £500 to pay for play equipment to aid learning for vulnerable families

The Partnership Fund Community Bursary has been split between 20 projects which make a big difference to the lives of people across Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport and Havant.

In Portsmouth The Roberts Centre will use the money for learning play equipment.

The Keep Milton Green Campaign volunteers will use the grant for a green art exhibition, and Dis-Illusion, in Fratton, will be developing understanding and awareness of disability in schools with its £500.

Carole Damper, from The Roberts Centre, said: ‘We are thrilled that the Partnership Foundation has granted us £500 to create learning through play boxes.

‘The boxes will include age appropriate items including story sacks, books, laminated instructions on how to make salt dough, sock puppets, musical instruments out of food cartons, and also include art and craft items.

‘There are so many activities that we can put into the boxes and each will be tailor-made for each family.’

Music charity Tonic will use its £500 grant to provide free music workshops to people who experience mental health problems.

In a statement the charity said: ‘Our music workshops enable often isolated people to come together through music to create, learn, build confidence and perform with like-minded people.

‘Participants often form meaningful friendships that extend beyond the workshop.’

Another beneficiary was Spirit in the Community, part of the Spirit in Sport project run by Immanuel Baptist Church in Somers Town.

Staff will be running a befriending project for people in Portsmouth aged over 50.

Chris Cox, from Spirit in the Community, said: ‘The grant from the Partnership Foundation will allow the charity Spirit in the Community to start a fortnightly Meet and Eat lunch club.

‘It is to help those members of the community who may have been bereaved, may be carers, who may live alone or have had a change of role and found themselves eating alone, maybe for the first time.’

The Partnership Foundation has been providing grants for almost 20 years with the aim of regenerating the fabric and spirit of the community.

Martin Dennison, the Partnership Foundation, said: ‘We are really excited with the range of projects from across south-east Hampshire which will help these community groups to offer more help to local people of all ages.

‘We look forward to investing in more local groups in 2017.

‘The deadline for the next round of bursaries is at the end of February.’

Mr Dennison added: ‘We hope to bring these groups together in future funding rounds to share their stories and good practice, and to celebrate their successes.’

n The Movement Initiative in Milton, Portsmouth. The grant will pay for dance and sports leader accreditation for children and young people aged 13 to 25.

n Keep Milton Green’s grant has paid for exhibition and marketing costs for a green art exhibition at Lakeside, North Harbour.

Part two of the project is the unveiling of the top two green artworks and takes place at Lakeside on February 10.

n Southern Area Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS), Leigh Park. The grant will pay for a portable projector and speakers for group work.

n Tongue and Grooves poetry group, Portsmouth. The grant will pay for a PA and technical recording equipment to develop and extend the use of live literature in community, healthcare and educational settings, conferences, mental health and wellbeing events.

n Motivational speaker Gethin Jones’s grant will pay to take his motivational talk on volunteering around Portsmouth, targeting deprived areas.

n South East Hampshire Community Outlook’s (SEHCO) grant will enable the charity to take the Activate creative project and exhibition to Fareham housing estates.

n Tonic Music – the grant will provide free music lessons and access to performance opportunities for people experiencing mental health problems.

n Portsmouth Samaritans – to cover costs for an anniversary event to encourage more of a diversity of volunteers.

n Dis-Illusion, Fratton will use their grant to develop awareness and understanding of disability in schools.

n Spirit in Community, in Somers Town. The grant will pay for a luncheon befriending scheme for isolated people in the city aged over 50.

n Sticks Gallery Fareham. A project run by Live Art Local to provide creative art workshops for people with mental health problems.

n Most Wanted Street Dance, Portsmouth. The grant will pay for web development and marketing to improve access to dance for all children, not just those who can afford to pay.

n The Roberts Centre, Portsmouth. The grant will pay for development costs for learning through play for families using the centre and outreach services.

n Alverstoke Community Infant School, Gosport, for the promotion of a community hub in school grounds, a noticeboard and promotional information.

n Kroma, a new support group for LGBT communities working with the Portsmouth NHS Trust in Gosport. The grant will pay for promotional costs for a website to increase awareness and support for LGBT people.

n Cookhouse, a social enterprise in Fratton. The grant will pay for Yummy Mummies Canteen – a six-week cooking course for mums in recovery.

n Natty Needles – based at Community Empowerment, Portsmouth. The grant will cover the costs of equipment and stationery for courses teaching over-16s tapestry, embroidery, cross-stitching, sewing and knitting.

n Stacey Centre, Baffins/Copnor, to build wooden compost bins and a wooden honesty box for use for fundraising, and to encourage recycling in the community.

n Streetforce DC Dance, Portsmouth. The grant will pay for marketing, venue and travel costs for external tutors to make dance sessions affordable to poorer families.

n The one-off £500 bursaries are available for new projects which improve the health and wellbeing of the people who live in deprived communities which are often neglected.

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