Thursday, 19 July 2018

Young set to benefit from £6,500 award

GRANTS totalling £6,500 have been awarded to community groups and events in Henley by the town

GRANTS totalling £6,500 have been awarded to community groups and events in Henley by the town council.

Members of the council’s finance strategy and management committee agreed 10 applications for funds, refused one and recommended another is considered by the full council.

Riverside Counselling was awarded £1,079 which will go towards funding a new project for children and young people called The Space at Magoos bar in Hart Street. The project will have a qualified psychotherapist and aims to help at least 100 young people over the next year.

The charity had asked for £6,300 but Deputy Mayor Jeni Wood said this was too much.

“I would certainly like to see us give something - some real help,” she said. “I think the work they do is tremendous and not easy.”

Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta, which takes place in August, was awarded £1,500. Henley Youth Festival, which starts tomorrow (Saturday), was given £1,000 towards the cost of printing its programme flyer and displaying a banner on the flagpole in Market Place.

Henley Town Football Club was awarded £1,000 for its youth club, the Henley Hang Out Club.

It had requested £5,000 towards the purchase of a second-hand minibus and items such as a television for use by the club.

Youth and community project Nomad, which is based at the d:two centre in Market Place, was given £500 towards its summer activity programme, which includes a family fun event and community beach trip.

Councillor Wood said it was a “really worthy cause” that did “fantastic” work.

Councillor Pam Phillips said the council had awarded Nomad £5,000 that had become available following the announcement of the closure of Henley Youth Centre last year.

The Oxon Association for the Blind was awarded £500, Henley Wildlife Group £200, the Open Spaces Society £100, the South Oxon Mencap Society £500 and environmental campaign group Henley in Transition £121.

Sue Ryder had asked for £10,000 towards a family support programme at its Nettlebed hospice but was turned down by the council.

The money would have gone toward a part-time head of family support and part-time chaplain.

Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak said the requested amount was too big to be considred a grant.

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