Friday, 15 February 2013

Local Voluntary organisations to benefit from Welfare Grants

18 local voluntary organisations have been allocated a share of £4,000 to improve the lives of older people in the district.

Each year, Lancaster City Council allocates welfare grants to voluntary organisations whose activities include providing recreation, meals and special events for older people. The maximum grant to any one organisation is £500.

Voluntary groups were invited to apply for funding from Lancaster City Council’s welfare grant budget in August last year. Total requests for funding amounted to more than £7,200.

The groups which will be receiving grants this year are:

East Lancashire Deaf Society - £200
The Olive Branch (faith in action) - £300
Caton and Brookhouse Friendship Club - £190
Lancaster Boys and Girls Club - £240
Wesley House Residents Committee - £200
Caton Leisure Club- £150
Warton Methodist Church – Holiday At Home - £240
Caton and Brookhouse Senior Citizen’s Club - £200
Heysham Art Group - £275
Kingsway Court Residents' Association - £240
Thursday Coffee Club - £240
Dolphinholme Residents' Association - £100
The Friendship Centre - £240
Galgate Bowling Club - £225
Warton Village Society - £240
Slyne With Hest over 60s - £240
Lonsdale Arthritis Group - £240
St. John’s Hospice - £240

Councillor Jon Barry, cabinet member with responsibility for the voluntary sector, said: "Organisations such as these make a huge difference and I am delighted that the council is providing support for all these very worthwhile activities.

“The amounts of money we have been able to allocate may seem small but for many of the organisations who applied for funding even the smallest sums can make all the difference.

"I hope our contribution enables them to maintain the important care and assistance they already provide."

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