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Community groups receive £1,000s in grants

A ground-breaking music project to help people in Bishop's Stortford with dementia has received a £3,210 grant - one of a wide range of charities and community organisations across the district to receive valuable funding from East Herts Council.

­­­­­­­The Playlist for Life charity uses people's favourite music to create their own personal playlist. Even if parts of the brain are damaged, music can still reach other parts, bringing back feelings and memories, reducing the use of heavy drugs, managing moods and strengthening relationships.

 

The capital grant will be used to set up a Playlist for Life help point of which there are only six in England, at Herts and Essex Hospital. The scheme also received a £1,000 revenue grant towards administration and publicity costs.

Coffee and chiropody

In Bramfield, people will benefit from a new room in their village hall for coffee mornings, Neighbourhood Watch, wellbeing activities, a book group and much more, thanks to a £6,000 funding boost. The room will also be available for a visiting chiropodist and hairdresser.

 

Eric Buckmaster, executive member for health and wellbeing, said: "Across East Herts the range of organisations running fantastic schemes to benefit the more vulnerable members of our community is heart-warming and I'm delighted that the council's health and wellbeing grant pot has been able to offer so much support.

 

"All the projects we've selected will help to strengthen communities and encourage people of all ages to get involved in activities that will help their physical and mental health."

On the floor

An £8,000 boost for Sawbridgeworth Young People's Recreation Committee will allow them to replace a damaged floor so that the Sawbridgeworth Youth Project and a pre-school nursery, among other activities, can continue in safety.

 

Other grants include:

·         Ardeley Parish Council - £600 for a new parish book swap addressing isolation and loneliness

·         Active in the Community - £5,575 to further develop the Hertford Cycle Hub in Hartham Common

·         Much Hadham Tennis Club - £5,500 for a clubhouse to be built next year by members

·         309 (Sawbridgeworth) Squadron Air Cadets - £8,000 to replace most of the band equipment

·         Hertford Heath village hall management committee - £1,000 for low-cost tai chi classes for over 50s

·         Children's Integrated Playschemes (CHIPS) - £2,885 for physical activities for children with additional needs at Sele Family Centre and Kingshill Infants School

·         Herts Musical Memories - £2,950 towards singing groups for people with dementia and their carers at Sele Farm Community Centre and Bishop's Stortford Baptist Church

·         Pro-Action Herts - £2,980 for sports and workshops to upskill marginalised young people from the Ware Trinity estate

·         Para Dance UK - £3,000 to train dance instructors who will set up dance groups for children with special educational needs

·         9th Ware Brownies - £390 for garage rental for play equipment, ensuring that subscriptions won't go up

·         Aspects School Partnership - £1,000 towards an early intervention counselling service for pupils and parents in the town with poor mental health

·         Ace Hounds - recovery dogs for mental health - £3,000 to expand a visiting dogs programme for isolated older people in the town

·         Bishop's Stortford Parkinsons Support Group - £1,000 for a six-month Boxing for Fitness, signing and nutrition programme

·         Tidy Up Bishop's Stortford - £490 towards litter pickers, shoves, brooms and gloves for six litter-pick events

 

 

December 20 2018