Community grants to help range of district projects

Community grants totalling more than £18,000 have been agreed by South Kesteven District Council to help projects in the Peterborough area including youth work, culture, play area facilities and dance sessions to help Parkinson’s Disease sufferers.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 12:34 pm
The proposed design of the new Stamford Scout Hut. EMN-210316-103633001

Coun Annie Mason, SKDC Cabinet Member for Communities said: “Our community grants continue to help an incredible range of groups and volunteers right across the district. I am very proud to see how our grant funding gets to the very root of what charities and organisations need to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

A £5,000 grant for the 2nd Stamford Scouts charity will help towards their new Scout headquarters on Empingham Road to help improve youth facilities in the town. With much of the £10,345 project costs covered, the grant is towards the cost of the architect’s design fees for a building to house scouts and also be available to hire for other local groups.

Stamford currently has two scout huts, one built as a farm building around 200 years ago, but neither offers space that is accessible to all regardless of physical ability.

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Touring theatre company and registered charity Rhubarb Theatre will put its £2,000 community grant towards developing a high-quality online arts package that focuses on environmental elements.

The £20,000 project, aimed at young people and families, will be open to primary schools in the area and to the general public via a web link. It follows conversations with schoolteachers, children and families, establishing the environment as a top priority, and will start within their own communities. The story will be adapted into a full-length family show.

A short film called ‘Dustbin Doris’ will be included with themes of immigration, homelessness and the environment.

Stamford and Bourne Scouts can now develop their Mental Health First Aid Course for adult volunteers and a series of sessions for young people thanks to a £3,449.68 community grant.

The project, with a total cost of £4,312, will help to improve mental health for young people across the south of the district and reduce the sense of isolation that the pandemic has caused. It will take place at the Scouts’ campsite and other sites, and will including outdoor activities, possibly the first in months, based on nature and mental health awareness.

A Covid-19 autumn 2020 survey carried out by Young Minds showed that many young people with mental health problems are struggling to cope as they return to school, after months of living through the COVID-19 crisis. The sessions will also provide a model for other groups to run similar sessions making the project sustainable.