Staple Hill’s Labour councillors have welcomed the award of over £8,000 in small grants to several local community groups based in their ward, which has the highest deprivation levels in South Gloucestershire. The £8,000 was part of a total of nearly £30,000 awarded by the Labour-dominated Chase Area Forum last week to groups across the Kingswood, Staple Hill, Mangotsfield and Downend areas.
Staple Hill groups that are benefiting include:
• £1,625 for the Our Place Community Flat – this will support and develop the project and provide essential running costs.
• £1,600 to the Friends of Page Park – to pay performers so that the newly-restored bandstand will be used.
• £1,525 towards the Christmas on the Hill Festival – enabling training in preparation for this year’s festival, and organisation on the day.
• £1,500 for the Staple Hill Regeneration Partnership – to help bridge a shortfall in funding for Staple Hill’s community umbrella organisation.
• £980 to the Staple Hill Methodist Youth Project – supporting essential running costs including room hire, internet fees and administration costs. (Councillors also awarded this project £6,000 from their youth services budget to fund youth outreach work.)
• £800 to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau – to support basic infrastructure to enable services to be expanded.
Speaking about the grants, the local ward councillors Ian Boulton and Shirley Potts (Labour, Staple Hill) said:
“The number and variety of community groups that have submitted a bid for a grant shows that there is vibrant community interest within Staple Hill. We support all of our locally-based groups with our time, energy and encouragement, and we are pleased to be able to support them by voting through this financial aid as well.”
11th March 2013