Community grants available to put ideas into practice

Beadnell community volunteers
Beadnell community volunteers
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If you have an idea for trying something new, then small grants are now available in north Northumberland.

The grants – usually £100 – can be used for all sorts of things; a new activity, meeting up with like-minded people, learning something new or exploring a new hobby.

Beadnell Community Volunteers used their £100 to kick-start a village clean, do some planting and then submit an entry to Northumbria in Bloom.

To date, 200 volunteer hours have been devoted to the project by more than a dozen people.

And the money can be spent on anything that helps you to get the most out of the group – room hire, refreshments, phone calls, printing costs, materials to start your group off or any other appropriate expenses.

The idea for these grants came from the World Café held at the Swan Centre in Berwick last August when participants explored what it was that helped them to stay healthy and happy.

This initiative is not only seen as a way of helping the community, but a great way to make new friends and get out of the house.

The public health team at Northumberland County Council wants to support the initiative of people in the north of the county to develop ideas to benefit a sense of wellbeing.

It has made some funding available through the community and development trusts to make it all happen and the principle is that the process is as easy as possible.

There’s a simple application to be filled in and the organisers will ask for some feedback after four to six months.

The grants will continue to be available until the money runs out.

If you’re interested, contact your local trust: Berwick Community Trust, info@berwicktrust.org.uk; Glendale Gateway Trust, Wooler, ggtadmin@wooler.org.uk; Seahouses Development Trust, shirley@seahouses.org