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Project Aspire supports local community projects

Dozens of community projects from sports to choirs, return to work skills to an allotment for everyone to enjoy, have been backed with new funding from Project Aspire. Project Aspire is an ongoing Guildford Borough Council project, working with communities in North Guildford, Ash and Merrow to support local initiatives and help strengthen community spirit.

Cllr Iseult Roche, Lead Councillor for Project Aspire says: "Aspire is here to help support local people to achieve more in their local community. By working with individuals at grass roots level, things that may never have been possible before are happening. This builds community pride, cohesion and neighbourly spirit in our area. We want to help support residents across the borough to take initiative and work with us to get the most for and from their area. We have been thrilled by the variety and nature of the bids that came forward for funding and look forward to seeing their progress."

Project Aspire grants awarded this time include support for:

  • a young leaders programme for 14-17 year olds
  • a community allotment at Bushy Hill Junior School, where local people can get involved and grow plants, fruit and vegetables
  • Rhythm of Life community choir
  • new equipment for a local Scout group in Ash Vale
  • a work experience project working with Kane FM

Residents who would like to start their own group, or who have an idea to help build community sprit, are invited to get in touch with the Project Aspire team on 01483 444150. Our Community Safety Wardens are also happy to help - email NGwardens@guildford.gov.uk or AAVTwardens@guildford.gov.uk.

Published on Friday 17 February.