Cash boost to Lichfield groups helping older and vulnerable people

Community and volunteer groups in Lichfield are celebrating after receiving £12,500 to enable them to develop the support they give to older and vulnerable people.

Cllr Matthew Ellis with representatives from the organisations receiving funding

Cllr Matthew Ellis with representatives from the organisations receiving funding

Cllr Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing, met with the organisations to congratulate and present them with their cheques which will be used to help boost services in the area.

Recipients in the Lichfield area are the Lichfield & District and Burntwood Live at Home Schemes, who are utilising the grants they’ve received to develop preventative health and wellbeing support locally.

Mr Ellis said:

“Congratulations to all the organisations who have been successful in receiving funding to support them with their valuable work.”

During the event, the new funding scheme for 2010 was launched.

The Staffordshire Cares Community Wellbeing Fund will see £1million allocated to local groups and organisations throughout the county during the next four years.

The first £250,000 is available from April 1 and groups will be able to apply for small grants of up to £1,000 or larger grants up to £10,000 to support existing initiatives and services or develop new ones.

Cllr Ellis added:

“I’m delighted to be in a position to launch the Staffordshire Cares Community Wellbeing Fund which will enable even more groups and organisations to continue with their fantastic work in Staffordshire.

“This scheme recognises the tremendous opportunities for local community and volunteer groups, clubs, parish councils and faith groups to deliver some services at the most local level.  It is these organisations that know their areas best and the services and support that local people need. The million pounds we are making available will help local groups to establish new services and expand existing ones which will help older and vulnerable people live independently and as part of their community for longer.

“Examples of initiatives that we are interested in supporting include developing community transport, luncheon clubs, befriending schemes, exercise or dance classes and computer clubs to name but a few.”

More information about the Staffordshire Cares Community Wellbeing Fund Scheme can be found by contacting the Health Development Team at Staffordshire County Council on 01785 278279 or by e-mailing shelley.davis@staffordshire.gov.uk. 
More information can also be found by visiting www.staffordshire.gov.uk/health/healthdevelopment.

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