Thousands for worthy causes

Have your say

Cash has been handed out to projects ranging from children’s playgrounds to supporting people with mental health issues from the latest pot of council grant funding.

Blackpool Council has dished out £14,028 in the third and final round of handouts from money totalling £29,611 which had been set aside during the current financial year for small grants to voluntary organisations,

The biggest grant has been given to the Friends of Highfield Road Park which will receive £4,999 towards new play equipment.

Karen Pennington, of the Friends of Highfield Park, said: “We need to put in some new junior swings because the ones we have have rusted away.

“Also we have to replace a tyre swing which has been deemed dangerous, and we canvassed local children about what they would like. They have asked for a roundabout. This grant will go a long way towards reaching the full amount of money we need.”

The group has already raised about £1,000 and needs around another £2,000 to complete the scheme.

The Friends of Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodland is receiving £3,000 to pay for animal-themed litter bins for the new children’s playground being built there.

Elaine Smith, of the Friends of Stanley Park, said: “We thought a fun theme would help encourage the children to use the bins to put their litter in. Work on the playground, which is for younger children, is due to start in a couple of weeks time and it will be on a zoo and young animals theme.

“We’re hoping it will be ready for the summer.”

Also in line for a grant is the Bridge Project based at the Salvation Army Citadel on Raikes Parade, which is to get £1,600 for provide educational programmes for vulnerable and homeless people.

Other schemes receiving grants are Bostonway Residents and Social Club which is receiving £900 towards gardening and recreational equipments; Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Mental Health Forum which is receiving £500 towards its running costs; Community Intervention Team CIC which is receiving £1,430 for skills development for carers; and North Shore Methodist Church which is receiving £1,620 to replace 60 chairs used as part of its work with disadvantaged groups.

A surplus of £772 left over will be put back into the council coffers.