Published - Tuesday, 06 January, 2015
In December 2014 Northamptonshire Community Foundation awarded £67,502 to fund local projects proving the perfect Christmas present for peopland groups across the county.
Victoria Miles, Chief Executive said “Since April 2014 to December a total of £790,577 has been awarded to 191 grassroot community groups and individuals. Local donors are still continuing to give and these donations are making a huge difference. The projects we fund are all about local people helping each other and this is not just at Christmas but all year round”.
Some of the groups to receive funding included Northampton Food Bank who received £4,000 to deliver ‘Christmas in a box’ food parcels to the most in-need families, allowing them to enjoy a good meal on Christmas day.
Rockin’ Roadrunner were awarded £4,902 to allow them to continue delivering creative workshops to adults with learning disabilities. The art produced is showcased at the group’s regular club nights, allowing all to experience dancing in a friendly and social atmosphere, forming new lifelong friendships.
Earthworks successfully applied for £8,677 which will be used to fund 45 weekly sessions over the course of one year where people with mental health issues can increase their access to healthy sporting activity. Exercise, especially during the cold winter months, can help lift depression and anxiety, having a positive impact in all areas of a person’s life.
Tools for Self Reliance (Northampton) were awarded £3,000, to develop their fundraising capability. The charity works with a wide range of beneficiaries, including those who are mentally or physically disabled, those with substance or alcohol addictions, ex-offenders, and those who are suffering from mental health problems. The beneficiaries volunteer their time to renovate items including, tools and bicycles which are then passed on to other groups, ensuring they are not sent to landfill.