Volunteers make appeal to help win vital Welfare cash

Amble Community Team has been working to tidy up the Welfare Recreation Ground.
Amble Community Team has been working to tidy up the Welfare Recreation Ground.

A newly-formed action group has submitted its first funding bid to help transform the appearance of a town leisure space – and it is calling on residents to back the bid.

Amble Community Team (ACT) has drawn up a three-step project to overhaul the town’s Welfare recreation ground.

The group was formed at the end of the summer, following a passionate public meeting about the untidy look of the area.

Now, the team is vying to win up to £5,000 of funding, as part of Engage Mutual Assurance’s Community Award scheme. Bids from around the country have been submitted, but only seven grants can be handed out.

ACT is calling on residents to back its application and help it win the cash for developing the Welfare.

Voting opens on Monday and runs until Monday, November 17, although people can register before the start date. For details, visit the Amble Community Team Facebook page.

If successful, ACT would put the money towards the first phase of its three-step overhaul project, sprucing up the Welfare’s sports pavilion to allow it to be used by the numerous football teams, at both youth and senior level.

Longer-term aims of the transformation strategy include painting the skate-park shelter and purchasing plants, bulbs, shrubs and bushes to enhance the area and encourage the community to visit and enjoy the facilities and environment.

The provision of seating and table areas is also on the agenda.

The group has already carried out a number of tidy-ups at the Welfare.

ACT is holding a public meeting on Monday, October 27, to highlight what it has done in the town and what it intends to do over the next couple of months.

Members of the newly-formed committee will also present the group’s constitution.

The event will take place on Monday, October 27, at Castle Mania, on Coquet Industrial Site, at 7pm.