Council grant-aids community champions

Page last updated at 17 February 2017 at 12:13

A diverse range of community, support and advice groups across the Borough of Eastleigh are benefiting from grants from the Council.

Following a decision by the Council’s Cabinet this week, around £270,000 will be awarded to Borough-wide causes, including youth groups, charities supporting disabled people and organisations promoting physical activity, tackling poverty or boosting employment prospects.   

The largest grants will go to two organisations where the Council specifies some of the services they provide:

Eastleigh Citizens Advice Bureau provides free, confidential and impartial advice across a range of vital services and campaigns on big issues affecting people's lives - including debt, benefits, employment, consumer problems and relationships.  The Bureau, which has outreach services in Hedge End and Bursledon, will receive £182,367 for 2017-18.

One Community – an Eastleigh town centre-based charity - promotes voluntary activity and provides support to people wishing to live independent lives throughout the Borough. It will receive a total of £82,281. In 2015-16, One Community also supported 25 local charities in achieving grant funding in their own right. Part of One Community’s grant will contribute to their Volunteer Centre, which promotes volunteering opportunities and advises on good practice and training.

Other recipients include Breakout Youth, the Asian Welfare & Cultural Association, Springboard Employment & Training and the National Autistic Society.

Councillor Paul Bicknell, the Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for social policy, said: “The Council is committed to enabling healthier lifestyles and tackling deprivation across the Borough of Eastleigh. The voluntary organisations in receipt of our awards do a huge amount of often unsung work to improve the lives of local people, and help us meet our objectives in supporting Eastleigh’s communities.  It is great that, in these times of austerity and cuts, the Council is able to maintain this level of grants to significantly help our voluntary sector and local residents.”