Some 10 Island community groups and charities are set to receive grants of £300 each having successfully bid for a share of the allowances which an Isle of Wight Councillor gives to charity each year.
Cllr Chris Whitehouse (Conservative, Newport West Ward) invited bids back in July after his charity fund reached £3000. Cllr Whitehouse has this week said:
“I received many applications from a wide range of organisations serving the local community, and I’m delighted to announce the ten successful bids.”
“This will be a valuable asset to the Minster coffee shop and enable a fuller choice of menu to be provided. We have many visitors to the Minster daily and we are continuing to develop an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. We have enjoyed having good access for the disabled and a place for buggies with toys for young children”.
Medina Marching Band is using the money towards the purchase of 16 new music stands.
“The Band has members ranging from the age of 8 and encourages youngsters with no music experience to join.” Said Band Secretary Jan Cooper, adding “As a voluntary organization of 60 plus members this grant will help with the extras new members need to join us. It will enable us to continue our high standard of playing, giving pleasure to many Islanders and their communities.”
Newport Cricket Club needs a new combi-rake to brush and scarify the square. Club Secretary, Ian Simmonds, says:
“This grant will help towards the purchase of much needed grounds equipment fo our pitch at Victoria Recreation Ground which is used by 3 junior and 2 adult teams in the Island leagues.”
Nature Therapy, a group which plans to run music session in Parkhurst Forest for children with additional needs, will use the funds to buy two ‘Happi drums’. Dr Kim Brown, Founder of Nature Therapy, says:
“These are beautiful sounding instruments with which anyone can easily create lovely music. We intend to use them in a forest bathing music project and with people with dementia.”
Newport based Island Separated Families (featured photograph) are to use the grant to enable it to continue its work supporting children affected by family separation. Tina Maretic, Coordinator of the organization, explained:
“We provide services including counselling, parenting courses, mediation, legal support. We operate an Enchanced Accredited Contact Centre that provides opportunities for supervised, supported contacts as well as a handover service.”
Talking news provider Isle of Wight Society for the Blind is using the funds to purchase ‘boom boxes’ through which the local printed newspaper is recorded and sent out to 200 members.
Meanwhile Christ The King College is to use a grant towards the purchase of heavy duty octagonal benches so that students have somewhere to sit outside whilst using the new pop-up ‘Food Cube’ at lunchtimes.
The Waterside Community Trust, which runs the swimming pool in Ryde, is using the grant to help purchase manikins for emergency first aid training.
Ryde Arena, the community group running the Ryde ice rink, is planning on buying new skates for use by youngsters using the facility and the Ryde Aspire community project is using the money to develop its community facilities to improve its services for Island residents.