Youth Council's cash for charities

Tim Ashby17th February 2014

WM worker singing together web version.jpgThree Rivers District Council invited charities and organisations to apply for donations from the Youth Council’s grant, where chosen organisation could be allocated money from their £1,000 grant fund. The final decision was agreed on the 4th February 2014, where all applications were thoroughly considered by Youth Council members.

All organisations were asked to provide a brief description of the organisation and how the grant would be spent and how this would benefit young people in Three Rivers, when considering all the factors, the youth councillors decided the following successful applications and the amount of money they should be awarded.

The Hive Chorleywood - £200

The money will help create a community centre in the heart of Chorleywood, accessible for the community to enjoy leisure, social welfare and educational activities. The grant will be spent on refurbishment on the centre and also equipment to enable the proposed activities to be run, such as a homework club, a youth drop in, a table tennis club, a film club, allocated “quiet space” time and regular information sessions and workshops.

All Saint’s Youth Group - £100

Open to all young people aged 9-11 of any faith and those with none; it will help improve the group’s facilities, such as bean bags, a parachute to play games with, and additional craft resources. The All Saint’s Youth Group hold activities such as arts and crafts, themed cookery, puppet theatre and other creative media.

Aldwyck Housing Group (Furze Field House) - £300

Provides social housing and specialist support to young people 16 to 25, those with disabilities and older people. Furze Field House accommodates young people and will spend the money of introduction to film course at Elstree Film Studio. The scheme is led by an experienced and professional facilitator, committed to encouraging young people to succeed and thereby creating a long lasting impact on their lives and a lasting interest in film, photography and creative activity.

Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue - £100

The synagogue runs a successful supplementary school every week, and offers a monthly youth club. They are hoping to run a summer scheme for children in school years 1 to 5, “here comes the sun”, providing a fun and open learning environment for children of all backgrounds and religions. The children will explore the theme of sun and light from various angles, with the grant covering the cost of resources and staff.

Watford Mencap - £300

Watford Mencap provides support for local people with a learning disability and their families and carers. Watford Mencap believes that people with a learning disability have the right to enjoy equal opportunities and be valued as members of society.

The Watford Mencap Children’s Centre provides activities for children with a learning disability aged 0-19, six days a week; this in turn provides family and carers with much needed respite. There is no other service of this kind in the local area.  The money from the grant will be spent on 2 suitable digital cameras for the Children’s Centre to help the children communicate, understand, remember and relate to other people and enable the children to show relatives what activities they have been doing.

Photo courtesy of Watford Mencap