Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Children’s activities

A HENLEY youth and community group has received almost £10,000 which will provide afterschool and holiday activities.

A HENLEY youth and community group has received almost £10,000 which will provide afterschool and holiday activities.

Nomad successfully applied to the Big Lottery Fund for a grant totalling £9,280 in December, as reported in the Henley Standard.

Now Sue Prior, the project leader, says the charity will use the money to stage three community events in the town for young people and families this year.

She said: “Our work is quite targeted and we will be doing some community events in local parks. This money will allow us to run at least three of these.

“Last year we did one at Freemans Meadow where we hired a climbing wall and had a free barbecue and invited the nearby residents. Together with Soha [housing association] we put on a great community event.”



Mrs Prior said the charity is considering hosting events at different sites, such as at the Henley YMCA and near the Gainsborough estate.

Some of the money will also be put towards outings, such as to the beach or paintballing and other planned sessions. The grant will cover all the actual costs of the activities and participating in them.

Meanwhile, Nomad, who runs the Lighthouse Food Bank from its premises at the d:two centre in Market Place, thanked shoppers for their support last year.

The facility is run in partnership with Churches Together in Henley with each church having a food collection box for members of their congregations to contribute.

A spokeswoman revealed it provides a steady and constant supply of food items throughout the year.

She said: “Food stocks are further helped by many of the local primary schools donating their Harvest Festival collections. Thank you to Badgemore, Sacred Heart, Trinity, Rupert House, Peppard and Bishopswood schools for their support in this area.

“We are also grateful for the generosity shown by the people of Henley who provided a vast range of food items for our Christmas food parcels. Volunteers from Henley Lions Club have been very supportive in manning the collection point outside Tesco and Waitrose during the last year. Thank you also to the supermarkets for allowing us to have that presence.”

She added: “Finally, Nomad would like to thank the volunteers who help throughout the year and those who helped with deliver the Christmas food parcels. It is truly a community effort and one that we look forward to continuing in 2015.”

The food bank supplies about 30 food parcels a month to local residents and families of all ages in the Henley area. In December, it provided 100 parcels to support local families in the festive season.

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A HENLEY youth and community group is to run extra after-school and holiday activities for children, young people and families over the next year.

Nomad, which is based at the d:two centre in Market Place, has received a grant of £9,280 from the Big Lottery Fund which is specifically to cover the cost of activities, including community events in local parks, group outings, planned sessions and a residential project.

A spokeswoman said: “Nomad has developed a reputation for running community events which many people look forward to each year.

“Funding for these activities over the years has come from a wide range of sources, including Henley Town Council, Oxfordshire Community Foundation and local charities and we are very grateful for the support.

“The grant from the Awards for All tranche of Lottery money will help us sustain the programme for a further 12 months.”

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