Funds lifeline for community groups

Hendon People Fund have set up a new Community First Panel, Hazel Clark MBE, Joanne Tench, Jen McKevitt, Vivienne Metcalfe and Councillor Michael Mordey will work out how to spend their �50,000 funding.

Hendon People Fund have set up a new Community First Panel, Hazel Clark MBE, Joanne Tench, Jen McKevitt, Vivienne Metcalfe and Councillor Michael Mordey will work out how to spend their �50,000 funding.

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COMMUNITY groups that were facing closure have been handed a funding lifeline.

As a result of Hendon being awarded £50,000 by the Government’s Community First project, a panel was established to decide where the money would go.

The panel, consisting of councillors, charities and local representatives, chose three projects.

A children’s community garden will be created at the Chance centre, called Rickaby Rascals. The project received £443 and will also involve two volunteers maintaining the garden and the children from the crèche choosing and planting the seeds and harvesting the produce.

The East End Community Association was given £900 for its Older Generation project which will help them to replace the kitchen equipment which is in a poor state.

This means the lunch club, which is attended by 25-30 people, can continue The group’s 11 volunteers also arrange day trips and pick the members up from their homes.

The Ivy Leaf Over 40s Football Club, which may not have been able to complete this season, was given £500 by the fund.

Joanne Tench, Neighbourhood Operations Manager at Back on the Map in Hendon, said: “The day when people came to pitch their ideas went really well and out of the 12 bids we have funded three of them.

“They are really local community groups which are all run by volunteers from the area.

“The football club was really struggling to keep going so this will make a big difference to them. And having a new kitchen at the Association will be massive for them as their current cooker is broken.

“We are also looking for applications for the next round of funding and we are hoping for more environmental groups to come forward.”

The deadline for the next set of bids asking for funding will be the end of April.

The idea behind the Community First project is to help groups around the country to come together and identify what their priorities are.

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