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Freebridge Supports Fantastic Five Community Groups.

09/09/15

Freebridge Community Housing has donated nearly £5k to community groups who are making a difference within West Norfolk

Freebridge Community Housing has donated nearly £5k to community groups who are making a difference within West Norfolk, supporting their vision of ‘A Better West Norfolk.’

One of the recipients, Pandora Project, who support women who have been affected by domestic violence, was awarded £1,000. The application was to fund updates on their website, making it more secure and interactive. These changes mean it will contain more user friendly information and better protect people’s anonymity.

Another group, Forward Day Centre, who supports vulnerable adults, especially those with learning difficulties received £1,000. Their successful application means that they can buy a tactile panel for their sensory room, along with further equipment for the day centre, which will benefit users and their families.

The five recipients who were awarded money from the fund were:

  • Three Holes Village Hole and Playing Field – £948 to buy a cabinet to store a defibrillator, which the community can use
  • The Purfleet Trust - £500 to provide training courses for staff and volunteers, which will directly help their clients
  • Sing Your Heart Out West - £1,000 to hire a voice coach and cover the rental of their premises
  • Pandora Project - £1,000 to update their website making it more user friendly, interactive and secure
  • Forward Day Centre - £1,000 to purchase a tactile panel for their sensory room along with other equipment for the day center

The recipients were invited to a special lunch where they met members of the Freebridge Management Team and the judging panel. The panel included both tenants and employees who assessed the fund applications. The event gave the groups the opportunity to talk through their plans for the investment and meet other organisations who are working hard to create 'A Better West Norfolk.'

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of Freebridge Community Housing said: "It's always enormously rewarding launching the Fund each year at our Community Awards. Many of the people who come along have been awarded money from the fund in previous years and know first-hand what a difference it can make.

"Welcoming representatives from the local groups who’ve been successful with their application is great, to hear the plans that they have for the money, and understand what a difference it will make to people’s lives throughout west Norfolk is fantastic. We are confident that real opportunities are created for many as a direct result of the excellent work these organisations do.”

The groups applied for grants of up to £1,000 for projects which have a positive impact within west Norfolk. Projects which promote health and wellbeing, improve the environment, support residents or bring communities together were considered for funding.

Norfolk Community Foundation manages the fund on Freebridge's behalf. Any community or voluntary group wishing to find out more about the Freebridge Community Fund can visit Freebridge Fund or telephone 01603 623958 or email jennybevan@norfolkfoundation.com

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