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Over £30k funding to benefit Rugby community projects

Nine separate projects in Rugby are set to benefit from a total of more than £30,000 of funding from Warwickshire County Council’s Community Development Fund, following approval by Rugby Area Committee.

The projects include a programme for older people living in Overslade that aims to get them ‘out and about’; a new youth club for young people that will use the latest music technology to bring them together; and a series of events and activities that celebrate the culture, history and tradition of Rugby’s Polish community.

Councillor John Vereker, Chair of Rugby Area Committee, said: “The Community Development Fund aims to help communities, especially in more disadvantaged areas of the county, tackle issues of local concern.

“Competition for grants from the Community Development Fund is always high, but Rugby Area Committee is delighted to grant financial support for these nine commendable projects in the borough.”

The nine projects to benefit in Rugby are:

Project: Out and About Programme
Organisation: Overslade Oasis (Overslade Community Association)
Funding: £878

Overslade Oasis offers a new, friendly open community club one day a month for local older people, including transport and a healthy lunch. This project aims to get older people out of their homes and mixing with other people in order to tackle social isolation. It also aims to encourage older people to try and learn new things together.

Project: The Adams Project
Organisation: The Adams Project
Funding: £4,500

The main aim of the Adams Project is to help reduce crime, re-offending and anti-social behaviour by engaging young offenders or potential young offenders in activities that promote self discipline, routine and respect for themselves and their communities, thereby improving people’s quality of life in disadvantaged areas around Rugby.

Project: Community Lunch Club
Organisation: Parochial Church Council
Funding: £4,500

St. Leonard’s Church has provided a focus and support for the local community for over 900 years and its vision is to develop its facilities so that it meets the needs of the community. This project will provide a luncheon club where the community can meet socially and have a meal on a regular basis. It also aims to increase community use of the church facilities, support older members of the community and provide opportunities for volunteering.

Project: Hybrid: Youth Club
Organisation: Hybrid Arts
Funding: £4,500

Hybrid Arts applied for funding to set up a youth club for young people in Rugby that will help develop their music skills through the use of music technology. This project also aims to integrate people from different communities through music.

Project: Stanczyk
Organisation: Stanczyk
Funding: £4,500

This project, called “Stanczyk”, will lead to a planned programme of events and activities in Rugby to raise awareness of Polish culture, art, tradition and history.

Project: Community Outreach Work – Benn Ward
Organisation: Benn’s Friends
Funding: £2,700

Benn’s Friends applied for funding for a series of community outreach work, to help develop a sense of community spirit in the Benn Ward and co-ordinate activities to develop cohesion in the local community.

Project: Schools Bank Project
Organisation: Rugby Borough Credit Union
Funding: £4,495.50

This project will open ‘school banks’ in Rugby borough that will be run by children and young people under adult supervision. The Credit Union will work with pre-schools, schools and colleges to encourage effective personal financial management by young people, helping to overcome barriers to higher education by encouraging saving. The project will also generally help educate children, young people and their parents in the advantages of saving and budgeting.

Project: Rugby Young Homeless Project
Organisation: Homeless at Risk Project
Funding: £2,088

The Homeless at Risk Project applied for funding to provide advice and support specifically tailored to meeting the needs of young people who are homeless or at risk in Rugby. The project will also allow young people who are significantly disadvantaged and excluded from mainstream activities the opportunity to get involved in the community by working in partnership with other agencies to place them in voluntary work, education and recreational activities.

Project: Setting up a new family dyslexia self-help & support group
Organisation: Maybell Harris Foundation
Funding: £2,088

This project will set up a new family dyslexia self-help and support group in Rugby to help enhance dyslexics’ basic life management skills by exploring dyslexia as a group.