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Funding starts to make a difference for residents in Latch Ford Big Local Area

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Published by Mark Foster for Golden Gates Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities, Health

Parents, Guardians and Children at the kids messy kids playgroup at St Margarets Parents, Guardians and Children at the kids messy kids playgroup at St Margarets

Residents living in the Latch Ford Big Local Area are benefitting from a wide variety of activities, delivered thanks to a Small Grants scheme provided as part of the areas Big Local funding.

Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in 150 areas around England to use at least £1m to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. It’s about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live. The Latch Ford Big Local Area, part of the Latchford East ward, is one of the lucky 150 areas to benefit.

The small grants scheme has already benefited a number of local groups, with those benefitting targeting both some of the youngest and oldest residents living in the area. One of the first to benefit was the Elder’s Group, who operate from St Margaret’s Community Hub in Latchford and meet every Monday. The group meet with the hope of making a big difference to local people who are lonely and on their own - keeping minds active through arts & crafts and other engaging activities.

Margaret Isherwood, volunteer at the elders group said: “We're using our Small Grant to make a big difference to local people. I felt there was a need in the local area for supplying comfort for lonely older people - something that would make them feel special, particularly on their birthdays when they might have no one to celebrate it with.” 

The scheme has also benefitted the Silver Service Club, who join together at the Westy Community Centre every Friday and aim to support anyone over the age of 50. The Club provides a chance for people who live on their own and couples who like to go to meet and enjoy some company. They applied for a Small Grant so they could purchase a large toaster and microwave. 

Another local community and voluntary group that has benefited from the small grants is a new messy kids playgroup at St Margarets. The group meets every Wednesday and brings together children, parents and guardians for a couple of hours of fun activities including painting, cutting and sticking and a sand pit.

The Silver Service Club takes place at the Westy Community Centre every Friday between 10.30am – 1.30pm and costs just £3 a visit. For more information contact the Centre, Tel 01925 572072 

The Elders Group meet every Monday at St Margaret’s Community Hub between 2:00pm – 4:00pm. For more information contact St Margaret’s. Tel 01925 658171

The Messy Kids playgroup meet at St Margaret’s Community Hub every Wednesday between 11am-1:00pm and costs just £1. For more information contact St Margaret’s. Tel 01925 658171

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