Continuing valuable financial support for community and voluntary organisations
Homeless charities and health projects are among local community organisations set to benefit from over £220,000 in council funding, approved at a meeting of the Council's Executive on Tuesday night (18 February).
Despite ongoing government funding cuts, the value in supporting community groups that carry out such vital work in the borough is recognised and supported by the council.
Cllr Julia McShane, Lead Councillor for Community Health, Support and Wellbeing says:
"We are committed to supporting the valuable work that is carried out in our borough by community and voluntary groups. Some of these organisations play a huge part in delivering services to older, vulnerable and less advantaged people and others provide schemes that contribute to protecting the environment or enhancing sporting and recreational facilities. By giving grants to them, we are helping to deliver on our strategic Council priorities as well as recognising the importance of volunteering. They do incredibly worthwhile work that we are proud to support."
One of the organisations that will be receiving a substantial grant of £90,000 is Guildford Action Day Centre. The funds will enable them to provide a day service to people in the Borough who are at risk of homelessness.
CEO of Guildford Action, Jo Tester commented: "Our Day Centre is a safe, nurturing environment for the homeless, people who have been homeless or those on a low income. Because Guildford is seen as an affluent, privileged town it is easy for people to assume that homelessness isn't a problem here, but the people who use our services dispel that myth. The grant from Guildford Borough Council makes up 40% of our income and is essential to our continued success."
Another group to receive a funding grant are Guildford Walking for Health. Established in 1996 this scheme runs seven different walks in the Guildford area over the course of each month.
Scheme Coordinator Annelize Kidd said: "We are really pleased that Guildford Borough Council has approved our grant of £2,085. This money will enable us to expand our programme of walks, and engage even more people in this scheme, which not only increases health, but reduces isolation and contributes to improved social and mental well-being in the community."
In total 25 different organisations will benefit from funding in this round of grant giving. The grant process is an annual one, which ensures that a full range of applications are considered regularly.
Tuesday night's approval was the final decision to award the grants to the voluntary and community organisations after the budget for 2020-21 was agreed by Council on 5 February.
Published on Thursday 20 February.