Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Council gives thousands to charities and community groups

Town Hall, Henley on Thames

CHARITIES and community groups in Henley are to receive grants totalling more than £5,500.

The money was awarded by the town council’s finance strategy and management committee.

Henley Town and Visitors Regatta was awarded £1,500.

This will go towards the cost of running of the event on July 29.

Councillor Lorraine Hillier said: “This is something for the whole community that really benefits everyone.”

Councillor Simon Smith added: “This supports business and brings people into the town.”

The Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, which runs a satellite centre at Brunner Hall in Greys Road, was given £750 after applying for £1,000.

The centre is used by 48 people from Henley and provides physiotherapy, oxygen therapy, counselling and other complementary services.

The charity has now received a total of £4,200 from the council in five years.

Headway Thames Valley, which is also based at Brunner Hall, was awarded £850. The charity, which supports people with brain injuries and their families, will use the money to buy a rotunda patient transfer aid which will provide the charity’s clients with mobility and increased independence.

Councillor Smith said: “I’ve done work with them and they do a tremendous job. The work they do with youngsters is terrific.”

The Oxfordshire Volunteer Befriending Service, which works with 48 people in Henley, was given £1,000.

The charity provides unpaid carers with a break from their role.

Councillor Jane Smewing said: “This is a valuable thing, people depend on it.”

South Oxfordshire Mencap was awarded £500, which will be used to provide four discos for people with learning disabilities from the Henley area.

The group, which has 60 members from Henley, was also given £90 worth of free use of town council buildings. The Regatta for the Disabled, which takes place at Phyllis Court Club every summer, was given £500.

The money will also go towards organising an event for disabled people at Bisham Abbey.

Councillor Will Hamilton, who chairs the committee, said: “The charity runs a fantastic event at Phyllis Court.”

The Henley Jazz Workshop, whi ch runs one-week courses for adults to learn jazz, was given £200.

This will help pay for an adult to take a course, who would otherwise not be able to afford the cost of £300 for a week.

The Henley Wildlife Group, which works to improve the town’s open spaces and manages part of Mill Meadows, was given £147.72 to pay for the cost of insurance and membership of the Conservation Volunteers.

The Henley-Boroma Friendship Association received £100, which will be used to organise an event in Mill Meadows on July 15 to celebrate the link.

Revitalise Respite Holidays, which provides volunteering opportunities to help disabled people and their carers take holidays, will receive £107. Five people from Henley are users of the charity.

The committee deferred a decision on an application for £3,000 by the Henley Fireworks Fund, which organises the fireworks display on the Saturday night of Henley Royal Regatta.

Cllr Hamilton, a member of the display committee, said that organiser Richard Reed was still looking at other possible sources of funding.

The council has now awarded a total of £12,157 in grants this year, including £3,000 that was transferred to the grants budget from the budget for a planning consultant as the financial year ends on March 31.

Cllr Hamilton said: “There are only three weeks of the financial year left and it’s most unlikely it is all going to be needed for a planning consultant.

“We have increased what we are giving in grants even in these difficult times.

“We continue to invest in these very important community organisations that do so much work in the town.”

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