Cash boosts for Dearne initiatives

BIG cash is up for grabs to deserving groups across the Dearne.

Bidding is now open for grant sums from Keepmoat Homes, to organisations that are deemed worthy by the Thurnscoe Alliance.

The Alliance is a group of active community representatives and key stakeholders in the area.

Those who were successful last year, included Thurnscoe’s The Hill School, Goldthorpe Reform Juniors WMC, Dearne ALC, and About Building Communities.

Ian Ball, project manager for the Hickleton Youth Project, that received a full £500 bursary said: “Our project engages young people through the youth club, which provides programmes such as healthy living, cook and eat, sports activities and arts and crafts.

“The funding helped towards a trip to London during which the young people visited Downing Street and enjoyed a tour of the Houses of Parliament, learning more about the importance of democracy and its impact on people’s lives.

“The trip had a huge impact on the group and everyone came away full of ideas to improve the youth project and better themselves in the future.”

Sarah Lock, Partnership and Land Co-ordinator at Keepmoat Homes and a member of the Thurnscoe Alliance, said: “Following the fantastic response in 2011, it seemed right that we try to open funding up to more groups. There are so many deserving organisations in this community.”

To apply for the Keepmoat Community Fund call 01302 341 005 or email partnerships@keepmoathomes.co.uk. Applications close July 31.