Cash set to help dozens of community schemes

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MORE than £100,000 of grants are being allocated to worthy projects by Sheffield Council community assemblies – which will fund schemes ranging from apprenticeships to action against anti-social behaviour.

The biggest pool of funding has been allocated by East Community Assembly, with £73,8547 given to 36 schemes across its four wards.

In Arbourthorne, funding is being granted to pay for a horticulture apprenticeship scheme run by Green Estates, plus a small grants scheme, improvements to Centre in the Park at Norfolk Park, a bonfire party on Manor Fields, and tree planting.

Some money will also part-fund a community development worker to support voluntary groups. Grants will also go to the Arbourthorne Centre and for a newsletter.

Arbourthorne councillor Jack Scott said: “It’s good news among the dark clouds of recession and the cuts.”

In Darnall, money will also go towards horticulture apprenticeships, a family development project, support for community forums and to part-fund a minibus to take elderly people shopping.

Manor Castle ward will receive part-funding for a worker to support community groups, a children’s after-school club and over-50s project, plus youth work on the Wybourn estate and investment in Pipworth Road old gym, which is used by Manor Boxing Club.

In Richmond, grants will be allocated for small projects recommended by youngsters on school councils and a mobile CCTV camera to help deter anti-social behaviour.

There will also be money for a new boiler at Stradbroke Community Centre and toilet at Richmond Park Bowling Pavilion, plus cash towards the Woodthorpe 20mph zone and a pot of funding for small highways improvements.

South Community Assembly plans to spend £34,000 on improvements to Chancet Wood playground, a youth shelter in Batemoor, and ‘bring out your rubbish’ days when skips are provided.

Money will also support Heeley City Farm, South Yorkshire Energy Centre, and the Roshni service to help Asian girls.