Marlborough Area Board was able to support many of the area’s more vulnerable people through the grants awarded at the latest meeting. There were three applications on the table: two to the board’s Health & Wellbeing fund; the other for youth funding.
The latter is an exciting project commissioned by Marlborough’s Local Youth Network that will see new youth clubs created in four of the area’s rural villages. Taking place once per month in each of Lockeridge, Baydon, Ramsbury and Ogbourne St Andrew, this pilot project, starting in January ’18, will put on activities for young people to take part in and encourage volunteers to help run the youth clubs once the six-month trial is over. For more information about the project contact either Helen Bradley, Local Youth Facilitator firstname.lastname@example.org or Innov8 Sportz email@example.com who will be running the sessions.
One of the Health & Wellbeing grants, set up to help support the area’s older and vulnerable people, went to East Wilts Mencap to help fund their annual trip to the panto at the Bristol Hippodrome. The club’s members really enjoy this outing look forward to it all year. Equally importantly, it gives their carers a day’s respite from their caring role. This was an area of the application area board members particularly endorsed.
The final grant was for a project called “Human Henge”, a partnership between the Restoration Trust, the Richmond Fellowship and the National Trust. This project will take local people who have a history of poor mental health and marginalised rural social isolation and lead them in a series of led walks throughout the heritage landscape around Avebury. Through this 10-week project, they will increase their mental and physical wellbeing and gain news skills such as media skills and public speaking, research and volunteering. A pilot scheme from the Stonehenge landscape showed great promise and this project from Avebury could lead to new therapeutic practices being developed.
For more information about the area board’s grant schemes, please contact Andrew Jack, Community Engagement Manager on 01225 713109 or firstname.lastname@example.org